Rosemary (Vosh) Rutecki, 66, of Milton, MA, passed away peacefully in her home in the presence of her loving family after a long illness on April 13, 2019. Rosemary was the fourth of six children born to Edward and Frances (Kwiatek) Vosh in the quiet and secluded rural community of Montrose, Pennsylvania. Rosemary grew up on a working dairy farm where she was responsible for a wide range of chores including baling hay, chopping corn, milking the cows, carrying milk cans to the storage house, and feeding the farm’s barn cats and herding dog. Rosemary graduated from Montrose High School in 1970, and at an Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1978 she met the man to whom she would be married for the next forty years. When the love struck groom-to-be asked a relative for her home address so that he could write to her, he was told “Where we come from, if a man wants a woman’s address he gets it himself.” Rosemary was a very talented horticulturist who adorned her home and yard with a multitude of beautiful flowers and plants, and she always maintained an array of bird feeders which attracted a variety of local birds all year long. Though she left the dairy farm at age twenty-six and moved away from rural Pennsylvania when she married, Rosemary nevertheless remained a country farm girl at heart throughout her entire life.
She was known to her family and friends by her nickname, “Posy”, a traditional term for “a bouquet of flowers”. And she was indeed a beautiful bouquet of flowers both inside and out to all who knew her. With enviable auburn-red hair that she inherited from her father, “Red” Vosh, (and which she passed down to her two adorable grandchildren, Ruby and Colton) and her beaming smile and quick laughter, Rosemary could light up a room in an instant. She was a dedicated homemaker who loved to sit, talk and laugh with family and friends. Rosemary valued honesty in people and disdained hypocrisy. She was an exceedingly generous person who loved music and was an avid reader. Rosemary was particularly known for her quick mind and an encyclopedic breadth of knowledge which was formidably on display when watching “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” which she rarely missed. More important, her remarkably precise knowledge and recall of the Bible and its teachings was even more impressive. As a zealous lifetime member of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she consistently demonstrated her strong and unwavering faith and commitment to Bible standards in her everyday life. She served as an outstanding example and spiritual inspiration to all.
Rosemary lived a life of devotion and faith loving Jehovah, her husband, children and grandchildren, and we find comfort that she has now passed safely into Jehovah’s memory.
Rosemary is survived by her loving and adoring husband of forty years, James C. Rutecki, and by her four children: Rachel M. Calabrese, of Westerly, RI; Holly D. Blount of Johnson City, TN; Pamela J. of Milton, MA; and Andrew J. of Milton, MA. She is also survived by two grandchildren: Ruby A. and Colton B. Calabrese, both of Westerly, RI. A graveside service open to the public will be held at Milton Cemetery on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 10:30 A.M., and a memorial service will be conducted later that afternoon commencing at 1:00 P.M. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 374 Old Post Road, Sharon, MA.