Rosemarie Grady Dieden passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in the early evening of October 3, 2019. She was in ICU for a short time with her daughter, Catherine (Cathie) DeBoer, and Bill D’Amato at her side.
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Rosemarie was born in Chicago, IL on November 27, 1929 to Rose M. (Neeb) & John Browne, the eldest of their three children. She was preceded in death by her brother John (Julie Dsida) Browne and Patricia A. Browne.
Rosemarie was married in her 20s to Frank J. Grady, with whom she had two daughters, Catherine A. DeBoer and Colleen T. Wertsch. Frank preceded her in death in 1973.
Rosemarie’s life was focused on education as well a deep and sincere interest in and concern for her extended family and friends. She loved learning, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern Univ. in Chicago, IL, her Masters from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA and had completed her coursework and research for her Doctorate (in Kenesiology & Motor Development) at University of Wisconsin in Madison.
While she was a teacher for a short time, her career ended up being focused on Senior Citizen care, working for the town of Oak Lawn as Director of the Senior Citizen Center, the State of Illinois in Senior Citizen Services and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in management of Senior Care & Transition Services.
She retired in her mid-60s when, shortly thereafter, she moved from the Chicago area to Leesburg, FL with Robert Dieden, who she married in 2008. She lived her remaining 22 years in Leesburg.
She is survived by her two daughters as well as Cathie’s daughter Christina M. (John Hildebrand) and three granddaughters, Scarlett R., Shane R. & Sydnee R. Hildebrand. Rosemarie also has a unofficially adopted son, John McNichols, who she took under her wing when he was a teen. She was Mom to him and Grandma Ree to his two children, Jeanine (Mosher) and Michael McNichols.
She is also survived by a number of nieces & and nephews who have considered her a confidant & consult over the years. She will be dearly missed by both family and friends...
Rest peacefully, Rosemarie.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Rosemarie's name.
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