Rosemary Frediricka Leake

Rosemary Leake

Our beloved Rosemary Frediricka Leake passed away on June 16th, 2024, in her home at the age of 97. Rosemary was born February 24th, 1927, in Ironton, WI. She lived in Brooklyn, WI and moved to Oxford, WI in 1987 where she lived her long and fulfilled life.

Rosemary enjoyed spending time at church, with her family and friends, and with her flowers and garden. She was always complimented on her garden and because of her “green thumb”, she has many beautiful flowers in her yard. Rosemary enjoyed feeding the birds and watching them come to her feeders throughout her yard. Rosemary also enjoyed sharing her knowledge and life experiences with everyone that came to visit.

Rosemary is survived by her daughters Carolyn Rhinehart, Rosalie (Micheal) Bredeck, Sandra Klinge, Debra Ledbetter, Barbara Dreger and son Dale (Debbie) Leake. At Rosemary’s last count she is survived by 54 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great- great-great grandchildren. She is further survived by her siblings Jerry (Violet) Sass, Clarence (Sharon) Sass, Betty Langenfeld, and Bonnie (John) Berndt.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; daughters Donna and June; son Roger; grandsons Daniel & Darren; great-granddaughter Letty; Husbands Donald and Arthur; siblings Fred (Shirley) Sass, John (Yvonne) Sass, Bertha (Marvin) Klitzke, Luella Klitzke, Rosella Sass, Mary Ann Sass, Laurence Sass, Anna Marie Madden, and many aunts and uncles and other relatives.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2024, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin. Father David Bruener will officiate. Interment will be at the Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Town of New Chester, Adams County, Wisconsin. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at Roseberry’s Funeral Home.

A luncheon will follow at the Grand Marsh Community Center.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

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  1. John & Vicki Dominas says:

    We have many good memories of Rosemary over the years. She was patient, kind, caring, and had a strong faith that kept her going. She was able to live out her life in the home she loved. Wishing Peace and Comfort to her family that she leaves behind. Take care of each other and keep her memories always in your heart. Rest In Peace, Dear Friend!!

  2. Nancy Hope Hoover of Morristown, TN says:

    Duane and Nancy Hoover send our deepest sympathy to Rosemary’s family. She was a great person. Although we lived miles apart we kept in touch. Rosemary was like a mother to me and I will miss her very much. Love Nancy

  3. Barbara Bennett says:

    To all of the family of Rosemary I send my condolences. It has been many years since I have seen most of you. Although I was raised in Ironton also, and was best friends with Bonnie, and engaged to John while he was in Germany; we have drifted apart. I so enjoyed our times together and had no idea that I was still so close as we lived in Arkdale for over 40 years. Your family was so large and always so welcoming. I’ll be praying for comfort for all of you remaining. Love ya !

  4. Sharon Addy says:

    Rosemary was such fun. She had a hard life, but she kept smiling. I’m glad I had the chance to know her even a little.

  5. Cathy Ballog says:

    Barb, very sorry for your loss. Condolences 🙏🏻 to all of you.
    Bill and Cathy

  6. Butch and Dixie Frawley says:

    Butch and I send our deepest sympathy to Rosemary’s family members. Her memories will live on through her family and friends. Prayers and thoughts are with the family🙏🙏

  7. Gordon/Marie Whitemarsh says:

    Very sorry to see that Rosemary has passed away, she was a great lady! Our sincere condolences to her family.