Rosemary Schmitz was born January 27, 1925, in Gloucester, New Jersey, to Paul and Caroline (Evans) Carr. She passed away on February 3, 2019, in Whittier, California, at the age of 94.
Tiny, as she was affectionately named by her father, joined an elder brother and sister, Harry and Leonor. While Rosemary spent her early years in Camden County, NJ, her family moved to Huntington Park, California, when she was 10. There Rosemary grew up and went to school.
Following high school, Rosemary went to work for Columbia Steel as a bookkeeper. In time she met the love of her life, John Schmitz. They were married on May 19, 1951, at Presentation of Mary Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California, and settled in Whittier, California. Though her job at Columbia Steele was a great career, Rosemary gladly gave it up to raise her nine children. Family was always most important, and she enjoyed nothing more than being with her children and grandchildren.
Rosemary and John were founding members at St. Gregory the Great Church in Whittier. They formed many wonderful friendships at the church and enjoyed those associations throughout her life. Rosemary greatly enjoyed dancing and traveling, as well as reading and crafting. Not to be forgotten were the trips to the casinos!
Rosemary is survived by her children, John G. Schmitz, Stephen A. (wife Sylvia) Schmitz, Mary Schmitz, Joseph E. Schmitz, Patricia Breyfogle, Teresa (husband Bill) LeBouvier, and Katherine Schmitz; and grandchildren, Michelle Mirick, Kristofer Breyfogle, Matthew LeBouvier and Lauren LeBouvier. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and children, Susan Zeppenfield and Paul Schmitz.
A Catholic Prayer Service is scheduled for 11:30am on Friday, February 15, 2019, at White Emerson Mortuary Chapel, 13304 Philadelphia St., Whittier, California. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Rowland Heights, California.