Rosemary was born in Leavenworth to Martin and Louisa Mathiowetz December 25, 1938. She attended Sleepy Eye Public School.
Rosemary married James Dean Rathman April 23, 1957 and lived on several farms outside Comfrey.
Rosemary was a gifted horticulturalist growing beautiful gladiolas, oriental lilies, tulips and other florals. She shared her talent by providing beautiful floral arrangements weekly to several churches and senior facilities in Comfrey and Sleepy Eye.
In addition to all the flowers, Rosemary grew strawberries and raspberries which she made into Jelly and Jams and donated to many of the church dinners and homes.
Any friends that would stop by would never leave empty handed as she almost always gave them flowers, fresh raspberries or strawberries to enjoy.
During the Summer Rosemary and Jim spent time at Lake Kandiyohi and loved it when family or friends stopped by to visit. She would also use this time to relax and read a good book as she was a prolific reader.
Rosemary is survived by her husband, James and children Gerard Rathman and Daughter-in-Law Joy Rathman of Comfrey, Danette Lincoln and Son-in-Law, Sayed Alzaman of Ham Lake and Deborah Rathman and Son-in-Law Kenneth Rivera of Saint Paul.
She was blessed with ten grandchildren: Brandon Rathman, Ryann Kaim, Jordan Kuelbs (children of Gerard and Joy Rathman); Jessamine Warneke, David Lincoln, Melinda Boss, Steven Lincoln, Samirha Attree (children of Danette Lincoln and Sayed Alzaman) and Maya Rivera and Serafina Rivera (children of Deborah Rathman and Kenneth Rivera). She also has 15 great grandchildren.
Her surviving brother,Reinold Mathiowetz and Sister-in-law Connie Mathiowetz of Marshall, MN, Sister-in-law Marylou Mathiowetz of Leavenworth, MN, Sister-in-law Aleda Mathiowetz of Saint Paul, MN and Brother-in-law Richard Rathman and Sister in law Betty Rathman of Albert Lea, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents Martin and Louisa Mathiowetz and siblings Rudy Mathiowetz, Richard Mathiowetz, Roman Mathiowetz and Rita Morgan and Sister-in-law Mary Jane Meyer, Brother-in-law Monis Meyer.