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Rose Marie McCarthy

January 14, 1930 - December 26, 2018

Rose Marie McCarthy of Plano, Texas, passed away December 26, 2018, at the age of 88.  Rose Marie was born January 14, 1930, the daughter of William F. Bader and Frieda (Hafemann) Bader in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was baptized on March 22, 1930, and confirmed on May 20, 1945, at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milwaukee. 

She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1949. To her high school friends, she was known as “Rosy”, where she was active in tennis, basketball, and the “48” Follies Production and the A Cappella Chorus. The Chorus participated in the “Spring Concerts” and several city-wide functions. It was the love of singing that lead Rose Marie to be a member of the “Milwaukee Choristers” along with developing lifelong singing skills that both served and showed her continual faith in our Lord and Savior and the Gospel message she unwaveringly believed. She continued to be an avid singer in her church choirs until health issues interfered late in life.  

After graduation Rose Marie was employed at Milwaukee’s YMCA Cafeteria, where she met her lifelong partner. In 1950, she married John (Jack) Edward McCarthy at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church. They had four children; John Robert, Maureen Joy, Karen Marie, and Terrence Lee. All were baptized, attended and confirmed in Lutheran schools, and graduated from high schools in the Milwaukee area.

Rose Marie and Jack moved from Wisconsin to Plano, TX, in 1984, becoming active members of Atonement Lutheran Church. Shortly after moving to Plano, Rose Marie purchased and operated Alice Willie School of Dance. Taking advantage of the large dance floor, Atonement Lutheran Church held Sunday Services at the dance studio for several years before purchasing property and constructing Atonement’s first sanctuary and fellowship areas.  

Rose Marie was constantly active in the communities where she lived. She was recognized in 1984 for her years as an integral part in the Lutheran Girl Pioneers organization in Milwaukee, WI. In 1996, she was acknowledged for her years of service as a docent at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, TX. In 2002, Rose Marie opened “Victorian Gifts & More”, a knick-knack, ceramic collectables and hand-crafted photo albums business.  In addition to her love of singing and music, Rose Marie was active in crafting and sewing for both hobby and business and enjoyed spending time with her family - especially during the Christmas holidays.  

Throughout her life, God’s grace comforted Rose Marie with the remembrance of her baptism, the regular assurance of forgiveness, and in the building up of her faith through the reception of the Lord’s Supper. Through these means of grace, Rose Marie was delighted in the knowledge that she was a called child of God that her sins were forgiven through Jesus, and that eternal life was hers.

Rose Marie is survived by her sister Patsy (Bader) Boomgard; children, John R. McCarthy of Plano, Texas, Maureen Milet (Don) of Brookfield, Wisconsin, and Terry McCarthy of Louisville, Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack” Edward McCarthy; daughter, Karen Balistreri; sister, Freida Evseichik; brother, Robert (Bob) Bader; and great-grandchildren, Jade and Jax Milet. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 4412 Legacy Dr., Plano, TX 75024. A luncheon will be served immediately following the service.   

A Committal Service will be held at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 10700 W. Capital Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53222.  The family will receive friends during a visitation one hour prior to the service.  A graveside service is to immediately follow.  A family and friends gathering will follow the service at the home of Maureen and Don Milet. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gifts to Atonement’s Lutheran Church “Building Fund” in Rose Marie McCarthy memory.

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Prayers and sympathy to all the family and friends. So sorry for your loss! Edna Cook, January 10, 2019 God bless her and all the family. May she rest in peace.
Linda Bush, January 10, 2019