Rosemary (Stieglitz) Zook, 83, passed peacefully Wednesday, March 29, at her home at Waterford Crossing, due to a prolonged illness and complications of Parkinson's disease. Her husband and three children surrounded her bedside.
Rosemary was born in Milford, March 18, 1934, to Henry and Anna (Zimmerman) Stieglitz, to a family of nine brothers and sisters and many descendants, with whom she remained devoted throughout her life.
Rosemary married John Zook June 7, 1958, in Goshen, and thus began a nearly 59-year partnership of love, respect, care and laughter.
Rosemary is survived by her loving husband, John; her three children, Lori (Joe), Marc (Wendy) and Becci; and her six grandchildren, Sophia and Isaac, Rachel and Olivia and Liam and Avery. Also surviving are three brothers, Harley J. (Liz), William and James Stieglitz; and three sisters, Elizabeth (Jack) Scruggs, Frances (Eric) Schiller and Ruth (John) Hooley.
Rosemary is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, George, Lawrence and John Stieglitz.
Rosemary received her bachelor's degree in nursing at Goshen College and her master's degree in community mental health from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
Rosemary and John worked for four years with Mennonite Central Committee in South Korea at Mennonite Vocational School, where Rosemary served as school nurse and matron to 200 boys. Many of them considered Rosemary to be their mother, among them dear friend and Korean son, Kwang-Eel (David) Suh.
Later, Rosemary worked at Elkhart and Goshen General Hospitals, Goshen College and Oaklawn Hospital. She remained passionate about her vocation as a nurse her entire life.
Rosemary, along with her husband, John, lived a life of faith, service and love in all realms: family, church and community. Together they enjoyed years of travel, bicycling and loving and laughing with their strong circles of family and friends.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 2, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Monday, April 3, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Koinonia Room of College Mennonite Church, Goshen.
An 11 a.m. memorial service will be conducted Monday, April 3, in the sanctuary of the church with a luncheon to follow.
Burial will follow at Milford Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in Rosemary's honor to the John and Rosemary Zook Scholarship Fund of Goshen College for international students or to the Oaklawn Hospital Foundation.
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Published on March 30, 2017