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Rosemary K. Sausen

Rosemary K. Sausen, age 92 of Hockessin, DE passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

Rosemary was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1929 and was the daughter of O.F. and Margaret Ann Keller.  Rosemary was raised in St. Paul and attended the College of St. Catherine in Liberal Arts Studies and also the University of Minnesota School of Social Sciences with an emphasis in sociology.  Rosemary and George married in St. Paul in June 1951 and moved to Wilmington, DE in 1953.  After raising her five children, Rosemary continued her education at Our Lady of Angels College in Continuing Education.

From 1970 to 1973, she served as project leader of the Urban Development Office of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.  From 1973 to 1977 she served as the Administrator of the Kidney Foundation of DE.  She planned and coordinated foundation activities.  She attended the University of Delaware and received her Volunteer Administration Certification.  Rosemary initiated the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Parish Outreach Program and served as Director from 1977 to 1991 when she retired.  Rosemary was involved in many community service organizations.  She was a Charter member of the Public Relations committee for St. Mark’s High School, People’s Forum Committee for Padua Academy, Christian Family Movement, and Brandywine YWCA.  Rosemary was a Charter member and first President of the Garden Gate Garden Club.  Rosemary also published articles in the following publications:  Parish Social Ministry, National Catholic Conference and Gathering God’s People.

She was a life member of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers.  Among her hobbies included the study of family genealogy of the Sausen, McIntyre, Keller and Gerth families with over 4000 reference names in the Family Tree Maker database.  She is also a long-time member of the Tankopanicum Literary Capital Society book group.  Rosemary and family enjoyed recreational camping over the years, especially in the US and Canadian Rocky Mountains.  In the spring they enjoyed camping on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina.

Rosemary was preceded in death by George in 2019 after 68 years of marriage, as well as her daughter, Anne and sister, Barbara.  She is survived by George M. (Debby) of Laurel Springs, NJ; Mary Cay Armstrong (Steve) of Wilmington, DE; Thomas Sausen (Adele) of Kennett Square, PA and Peg Desendorf (Ray) of West Chester, PA.  Her surviving grandchildren are Michael Sausen, Dana (Sausen) Naccarelli, Mark, Lee and Clare Sausen, Jenna (Desendorf) Lawson, Katie (Armstrong) Manieri and Mollie Armstrong, and seven great grandchildren (Charlie Kazaba, Colby and Tyler Lawson, Sophia and Luke Sausen and Michael and Olivia Manieri).

The family is grateful to the Cokesbury Village OakBridge Terrace Staff for their love, kindness and compassionate care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.  Burial immediately following at All Saints Cemetery.  We will be practicing Covid protocol during Mass.  Please be respectful and wear a face covering.  For those unable to attend Mass, a livestream is available at https://youtu.be/4CbgQrMJaRc.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Outreach Office, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

Funeral Services

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.  Burial immediately following at All Saints Cemetery.  We will be practicing Covid protocol during Mass.  Please be respectful and wear a face covering.  For those unable to attend Mass, a livestream is available at https://youtu.be/4CbgQrMJaRc.

Condolences

    Chris & Bonnie Gleeson writes,
    Dear Peg, Ray, Jenna, and family, We met George & Rosemary through a DuPont retirement seminar 30+ years ago. Our professional relationship soon developed into a warm personal and mutually caring one. As we had the privilege of serving them it became clear that while Rosemary would often defer to George, she was tracking closely all that was discussed and keeping us on point. She was not only smart, but her intellect was clothed in gracious wisdom, a strong transparent faith, love for her family and a desire to serve others. When we met professionally we naturally had an agenda to cover, but she was always interested in how we were at Trinity and how Bonnie and our family were doing. She was a classy lady, will be missed, and I thank the Lord for His bringing her into our lives. Sincerely, Chris & Bonnie Gleeson
    01/05/2022 09:47 am
    Carol Callaghan writes,
    I was a member of Garden Gate Garden Club for 25 years. Rosemary was a wonderful person, and she will be missed.
    01/07/2022 10:49 am
    Jackie Feldman writes,
    Mary Cay - So sorry to read of your mother’s passing in today’s paper. What a full life she lived! I am sure that she must have been very proud of the success of the beautiful family she guided to adulthood. You were fortunate to have her with you for so long.
    01/08/2022 06:39 am
    Jenny Brown writes,
    Dear Mary Cay, Steve, and all the Family, My condolences on your Mom’s passing. You were lucky to have her for so long. She sounds like quite the accomplished woman in so many ways. A tough way to start the new year, but with time the loss gets easier. My thoughts are with you, Jenny Brown
    01/09/2022 08:49 am
    James T Nichols writes,
    Condolences from St Paul Minnesota from the Nichols family. I am Jim Nichols son of Francis Wilbur Nichols and Genevieve C Nichols. My grandmother was Mary Gerth Hoffmann married to Frank Hoffmann. Regrettably we are unable to attend the services we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    01/09/2022 05:58 pm

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