MADISON—It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved, Rosemary Chartier Sharp, on March 2, 2018, at the age of 91. She was born on May 1, 1926, in Detroit, Mich. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1949 and worked for the City of Detroit as a social worker. She married Harry “Bud” Sharp in 1951 and settled in Ann Arbor, Mich., for Bud to finish his Doctorate degree in Sociology and Philosophy. Rosemary and Bud had three children, Gene in 1953, Janine in 1956, and Jeanmarie in 1966. The family moved to Madison, Wis., in 1960 for Bud’s new job as a sociology professor with tenure at UW-Madison.
Rosemary was a homemaker who enjoyed spending endless days in her lavish rose garden, summering at the cabin, and, of course, loving happy hour. She was also an exceptional seamstress, making beautiful clothes and outstanding Halloween costumes over the years. However, she was best known for her charismatic, energetic, fun loving, firecracker personality—If you met her, you would never forget her!
Rosemary is survived by her children, Gene, Janine, and Jeanmarie; her grandchildren, Michael Holmes, Jake Hernikl, Samantha Heeg (Brandon), Margaret Radl, Mitchell Maier, and Sunnie Wiswell; and her younger siblings, Donald (Maxine), Elizabeth Winter, and Raymond (Pat).
Visitation will be held at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison, WI 53717, on Friday, March 9, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. with church service at 11 a.m. Lunch and open house throughout the afternoon to follow at the families home on South Hill Drive. A special thank you to UnityPoint Meriter Hospital staff for the wonderful care given to Rosemary throughout her stay. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to Friends of Haiti—Green Bay or another charity of your choosing. Please share your memories at www.CressFuneralService.com.
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