Obituary

Rosemary (Propst) Schoen

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died March 9th, 2016

Rosemary (Propst) Schoen, 92, 412 S. 19th St., Escanaba, died peacefully March 9th, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Hospital and will be missed very much. She was born in Escanaba, November 27, 1923, to Edmund and Mary (Gagnon) Roy. Rosemary graduated from Escanaba High School in 1941 and continued to reside in Escanaba after graduation.

Rosemary began her working with the Liquor Commission, where she met her first husband, Charles Propst. On May 8, 1945, they were married. Rosemary later worked for J.C. Penny Company for 26 years, retiring in 1985. The two of them were active in a Square Dancing Club and enjoyed time at their camp on the Ford River. Charles preceded Rosemary in death. Rosemary married William Schoen on November 27. 1985. After retirement, Sunday drives and travel within the United States became a favorable leisure activity. Rosemary was a devout Catholic and devoted parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church. Early on, she was an active steward in the Alter Society at the church. Rosemary was an avid reader, enjoying many genres and especially Nora Roberts and Jude Deveraux. She challenged herself with crossword puzzles and Scrabble. She loved watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Laurence Welk, and the Packers.

Rosemary is survived by her husband, William Schoen of Escanaba; children, Charles (Penny) Propst of Gladstone, Marsha Propst of Escanaba, and Mark Propst of DePere, WI; stepchildren, Sr. Connie Schoen of Chicago, IL, Dean Schoen of Bark River and Mary Schoen of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren, Patti (John) Day of Port Lavaca, TX, Dena (Alfred) Porto of Riverview, FL, Stephanie (Oscar) Rios of Superior, WI, Amber (Casey) Jandron of Cedar Springs, MI, Jody Williams of Gladstone, Charlotte Sterns of Marquette, Stephen Schoen, and Kimberly Schoen; great grandchildren, Quinn and Erinn Day, Hadley and Stella Porto, Isaac and Gaige Rios, Ryan and Mason Jandron and Kaydence Sterns; nephew, James (Sharon) Roy of Oshkosh, WI; and special friends, Barb Propst, Linda Rabitaille, and Eric Bigelow.

In addition to her parents and first husband, Rosemary was preceded in death by her daughter, Diane Arnold and two brothers, Franny and Ray Roy.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the administration and staff at North Woods Place Assisted Living Facility and the Special Care Unit at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

Visitation will be on Tuesday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. A eulogy will be shared at 3:15 p.m. by family. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 4 p.m. St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church with Rev. Eric Olson officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Propst/Schoen family.

6 Tributes to “Rosemary (Propst) Schoen”

  1. Marsha and family. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I
    worked with her at JC Penny’s in the catolog dept. she was such a lovely lady. I am in AZ and cannot attend her services. May God give her a beautiful home for eternity. Prayers being sent to all all of you

  2. My thoughts are with you. Your mom was an amazing. She brought up wonderful children. Blessed be. Love you all.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Rosemary. Recently I lost my dear grandmother and found great comfort in the words of Jesus at John 11:11-14, where he likens death to being asleep, and at John 5:28,29 – “All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”

  4. I was blessed to know Rosemary and be a guest in her home many times over these last years. Fond memories of our conversations around plots and subplots, characters and characterization in novels we were both reading always leading to deeper discussions about values, hopes, faith, and dreams are held in my heart. May the angels come to welcome you on your way home, Rosemary. Love, Elyse Marie

  5. My dear, loving, beautiful Aunt Rose. Always treating us so special and loving. You will be terrible missed but always in our hearts and prayers. Uncle Bill and dear Aunt Rose had a loving life together for over 30 years and my heart and prayers go’s out to you Uncle Bill along with Chuck and Penny, Marsha and Mark, Aunt Rose’s children. I love you all.

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