Obituary of Rosemarie Abitz
Rosemarie Abitz passed peacefully surrounded by her family on May 9, 2018 in her family’s home. Born on August, 7, 1935 in Astoria, NY, the daughter of Berthold and Kathleen (Dolan) Abitz. She shared her childhood with her beloved younger brother Bert (Sonny) Abitz, who predeceased her in 1984.
Rosemarie worked in her father’s flooring business, was a buyer for the first Lunar Module, and ultimately earned her RN degree. She was proud of her nursing calling and worked from New York to California in neonatal, critical and cardiac care, bereavement and geriatric services as well as teaching. While she most cherished family time, Rosemarie was proud of her Irish heritage, loved to read, had a vast knowledge of history and current affairs, and was a talented interior decorator. The ocean and seashore were very special to Rosemarie as were her carefully tended plants. She was generous to others, had a deep spiritual faith, and a great sense of humor. She loved her ‘great Grand-dog” Paco, who stayed by her side unfailingly in her final weeks.
She was the Beloved mother and mother-in-law to her daughter Deborah and son-in-law John Hartz and her beloved granddaughter Rachael (Eddie Mack) Hartz. She is also survived by her nephews Shawn and Craig Abitz.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral mass 10 o’clock Tuesday morning at St Frances of Assisi 391 Delaware Ave Albany, NY 12209 where a liturgy of Christian death and burial will be celebrated. Friends and family are invited to her calling hours Monday evening 4-7Pm at the Rockefeller funeral home 165 Columbia Tpk Rensselaer. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Condolences may be made at www.wjrockefeller.com