KIRLEY ROSEMARY

ROSEMARY KIRLEY “Forever Young” August 27, 21-August 24, 2005 Our most beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother aunt and friend, journeyed to Heaven while embraced in the arms of her children, three days before her birthday. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Phil and Rose Braunstein; her sister, Tess Falk, brother, Phil Braunstein, Jr.; husband, John E. Kirley and devoted companion of 23 years, Gordon L. Lincoln. Rosemary is survived by her loving children, Kathy (Dan) Manning, Pat Stamm (Bernie Papp), Dan (Donna) Kirley and Jack (Terry) Kirley. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Dennis (Terri) Manning, Kara Manning (Jaime Vega), Derek (Lindsay) Manning, John (Stacy) Murphy, Emily Stamm, Joshua and Kela Kirley, and Maxx Kirley; four great-grandchildren Ethan, Shayla, Dylan, Jessica. Rosemary also leaves behind loving nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends, especially Ruth Clark. Born and raised in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Rosemary enjoyed a happy childhood as the spoiled, youngest child. After graduating from Central High School and completing post secondary education, Rosemary worked in Chicago and Los Angeles, Returning to Aberdeen; she married her favorite dance partner, John, and moved to Minneapolis where they raised their children. Rosemary was a successful Realtor for 26 years, and also had a short career managing her favorite band. If Rosemary perceived a wrong, she needed to “right” it and usually did that by a letter to the powers that be; whether congressman, TV anchorman, or local store manager, they heard from Rosemary. A creative writer, she also wrote many cherished letters to those she loved. Anyone who met Rosemary was not likely to forget her and remembers her love of words, zest for living and generosity. She was blessed with a tremendous strength of spirit, endless love of her family, and saucy sense of humor. Countless people have been touched by her smile, the compliments she freely gave, a joke she shared, or admired her fancy footwork on the dance floor. Her tremendous faith and strong support for life, love of family and friends, music, dancing, card playing, and games of chance, were a constant in her life. The “merry punster” has danced into the arms of her family and friends who have passed before her. Her passion and beauty stayed with her until the end. Rosemary’s wonderful life was celebrated at a gathering in Plymouth, MN. on August 28, 2005 and at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Medina, MN. August 29, 2005 In honor of Rosemary's special grandson, Maxximos Kirley donations may be made to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Donate online www.parentprojectmd.org or by mail to Kimberly Gaiberaith, 158 Linwood Plaza, Suite 220, Fort Lee, N.J. 07024


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