Rosemary Furtak
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Furtak, Rosemary age 69 of Minneapolis, passed away July 8, 2012. Preceded in death by parents Mildred and Floyd Furtak and brother Paul. Survived by brothers John of Nelson, New Zealand and Steve of San Diego, CA; sisters Mary of Ft. Smith, AR and Kathy of Schuyler, NE. Rosemary was born in Columbus, NE. She received a Master's in Art History while studying in Italy and a Library Science degree from the University of Iowa. She worked at the Walker Art Center as the Chief Librarian for nearly 30 years. She loved the museum and traveling, especially to Italy where she spoke fluent Italian. She was dearly loved and will be missed greatly by colleagues and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday July 11 at 10 AM at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 South 8th St., Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to the Rosemary Furtak Collection at Walker Art Center Library.

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Published in Star Tribune on Jul. 10, 2012.
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July 24, 2012
Rosemary was a visionary in the field, an early proponent and developer of the artist's book as an important medium, the inventor of a new kind of conceptualist library, and a true friend.
July 13, 2012
A dear, sweet, lovely, kind, funny, intelligent lady! The Walker will miss her, Orchestra Hall will miss her. I miss you Rosemary.
Curt Kittelson
July 13, 2012
A very special & wonderful lady we are honored to have known.
Mari Johnson
July 11, 2012
A friend and presence in my life I will never forget. Truly a beautiful person, a light. Our last conversation was about the movie Casablanca. She is missed by all who knew her.
Timothy Mady
July 10, 2012
God bless Rosemary. We were neighbors and attended church together years ago. She was a special person. My sympathy to the family.
Paulette Joyer
July 10, 2012
Rosemary was a dear friend and crucial collaborator to me and so many other curators who passed through the Walker Art Center. Irreverent and irreplaceable; a great wit and gentle soul.
Liz Armstrong
July 10, 2012
As lovely a human being as ever walked this earth. I spent a lot more time in the library than just researching and laughed and learned as much from Rosemary as from the books and catalogues she so lovingly tended to.
Peter Boswell
July 10, 2012
Rosemary had a great sense of style and humor and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
Mike Callies
July 10, 2012
"Earth, receive an honored guest...."

Bill Horrigan
July 10, 2012
With patience, persistence, and a delightfully knowledgable patter of commentary, Rosemary found answers to every single research question I asked her, both during my time at the Walker and in the many years since. Her grace and dry wit soothed me many a time.
Phil Freshman
July 10, 2012
Rosemary was the essence of grace, charm and wit. She was a true scholar who wore her intelligence humbly. I will miss her elegance and her style.I worked with her at the Walker and really loved all my interactions with her.I miss her!
Sue Kotila
July 10, 2012
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Rosemary. I remember how helpful and generous she was with my class of students that came to the Walker Library to see artists books. Her enthusiasm for the material and encouragement to the students to seek and find was impressive and unforgettable.
July 10, 2012
My thoughts are prayers are with Rosemary's family.

Rosemary has been a wonderfully inspiring colleague to all who know her from the art library community. The world is a better place because of Rosemary.
Janice Lurie
July 10, 2012
To Rosemary, We sat next to each other for nearly five years and got to know each other inside and out. But, we did not leave each other's company outside of the library, oh, the escapades we
had! Now you have left for the final journey and we will all miss you terribly! You are cringing while reading this, too much emotion... but I did love you and will never forget you.
Susan Lambert
July 10, 2012
I was Rosemary's assistant 1986-88. I will never forget her tough, uncompromising, charming, serious, hilarious, tender presence. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
The Rev. Mark Stanger
July 10, 2012
Rosemary's artful spirit and smile will be missed.
Jana Freiband
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