Heaven received a beautiful soul. Rosemary DeFrench passed from this world into eternal life on the very day she entered the world 82 years ago, February 8, 1938, surrounded by her loving family. In the words of St. Paul, Rosie competed well, she finished the race, she kept the faith.
In Rosie's own words, she was blessed. She lived a full and fruitful life. She married the love of her life, Frank DeFrench, on August 22, 1959. They shared over 60 beautiful years together. Together they raised eight children: Allen DeFrench, Geri (Rick) Leibfarth, Tim (Judy) DeFrench, Mary (Joe) Umbs, Teresa Rupp, Angela (Will) Wagner, Tony (Missy) DeFrench, and Nikki (Shadd) Killian. Rosie also was a strong yet gentle presence for her 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Rosie was born in Findlay to Michael and Margaret Crohen who proceeded her in death. She also lost her brother, Mike, several years ago.
Rosie had a great love for her Catholic faith and was a life-long member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish. Among her many involvements at the parish, she truly enjoyed serving as a Eucharistic Minister, especially taking holy communion to those in the hospital.
Rosie received her teaching certificate from BGSU and completed her bachelor's degree from Findlay College. She went on to teach for 39 years, beginning her career at Glandorf, but spending most of her time at St. Michael School, her alma mater! Over the years, she taught both 6th and 2nd grade. As a 6th grade teacher she instituted the annual International Day, which has remained a tradition for every 6th grade student. As a 2nd grade teacher she instilled in her students a love for the Eucharist as she prepared them to receive their 1st Holy Communion. "Mrs. DeFrench" was beloved by all those she taught.
Rosie was an accomplished pianist. What is amazing is that much of her practice early on was on a cardboard keyboard. She served as an accompanist at church and for her high school musicals. Her family loved to hear her play and all had their favorite pieces. There were so many activities that Rosie enjoyed over the years: gardening, sewing, and reading, to name a few. However, traveling would have to make the top of the list. She and Frank had taken many adventures together. They had favorite spots like New Orleans, Nashville, San Francisco, and Hilton Head, where they traveled often, and loved to share with their children. They also visited many European countries and truly enjoyed their Mediterranean Cruise.
Over the years, Rosie and Frank made many wonderful friends. The "Fricker's Group" has been a long-standing favorite! Starting with just two couples, this group has grown to 16 people over the years meeting every Tuesday evening. They had good friends because they were good friends.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation to those of Bridge Home Health Care, who made it possible to keep Rosie at home for as long as we could. We also wish to thank the staff at BVHS who provided such good care and comfort the final week of Rosie's life.
Just as Jesus wept at the death of Lazarus, we weep for the loss of Rosie. However, our tears will be turned into rejoicing knowing that she is with our Heavenly Father. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Visitation will be held at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. A Scripture Service will be held beginning at 7:45pm on Tuesday. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 12, at 10:00am at St. Michael the Archangel Church at 617 West Main Cross St. Fr. Michael Zacharias will preside. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Michael the Archangel School Foundation Fund. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.