CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Rosemary Blanton Barr Quatmann, 92, of Cape Girardeau, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at the Chateau Girardeau Retirement Community.
She is predeceased by her parents, Harry C. and Maureen Blanton; her sister, Maureen Klein Graham; first husband, Harry K. Barr, who died on March 21, 1979; and her second husband, Joseph H. Quatmann, whom she married on May 19, 1990, and who died on Jan. 15, 2000; son, Michael Blanton Barr; and stepdaughter, Sister Vicki Quatmann.
Rosemary will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her surviving eight children, Harry K. Barr III of Interlaken, N.J., Ann L. McEvoy of Vero Beach, Fla., Maureen A. Passerini of Mountain Lakes, N.J., John M. Barr of Mountain Lakes, N.J., Kevin J. Barr of Bethesda, Md., Thomas R. Barr of Springfield, Rosemary Sullivan of Town and Country and Lewis D. Barr of Portland, Ore., their spouses and six stepchildren, Toni Walters, Jim Quatmann, Bob Quatmann, Ted Quatmann, Larry Quatmann and Cathi Stoverink; her brothers and sisters, Patricia Kavanaugh, John Blanton, Dr. Joseph Blanton, Federal Magistrate Judge Lewis Blanton, Harry Blanton, and Anne Tlapek and their spouses as well as 19 grandchildren, 16 stepgrandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 26 step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Rosemary was born on Dec. 10, 1919, in St. Louis. She graduated from Maryville College of the Sacred Heart (now Maryville University of St. Louis) in 1942. She initially raised her family in Merrick, Long Island, N.Y., before moving to Sikeston. A local newspaper, Merrick Life, selected her as Mother of the Year in 1961. Among other laudatory comments, the newspaper noted that "vivacious Rosemary Barr is chief cook and bottle washer not to mention hostess, chauffeur and confidant for a family which includes a husband, nine children, a dog and a canary. Her children say she always looks pretty and Rosemary states that she lives each day as it comes. Even with nine children, she made time for an amazing number of outside civic activities. 'Hobbies? None,' she laughs. 'Just children -- what better.'" In Sikeston, Rosemary for 10 years was an English teacher at the public Middle School and for 25 years served as a Pink Lady at Missouri Delta Hospital. Also, she was a member of St. Francis Xavier parish and the Legion of Mary and Daughters of Isabella, a charitable organization of Catholic women. For 10 happy years, she and husband, Joseph Quatmann lived in Cape Girardeau, travelled extensively and enjoyed being with family and friends.
Nunnelee Funeral Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements. Visiting hours are 5-8 p.m.; Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, 205 North Stoddard, Sikeston, MO 63801, 573-471-2242.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass for Rosemary at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at St. Francis Xavier Parish Center at 245 West Front St., Sikeston.
Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, Murray Lane, Sikeston.