Rose Anne Pate

June 9, 1940 Ė Nov. 16, 2010

Rose Anne Pate, 70, wife of Michael B. Pate, passed on to eternal peace Tuesday morning, Nov. 16, 2010, at her home in Waukesha following a short illness.

Rose Anne, a new resident of Waukesha since 2008, was born in South Bend, Ind., on June 9, 1940, a daughter of R. Edward Curry and Bernice (Simpson) Curry of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Married on July 27, 1963, the couple moved first to Hartland and then to Oconomowoc in 1966, where Michael took a position as first library director of the then new University of Wisconsin-Waukesha County Center. Rose Anne soon became the textbook librarian at Central Junior High in Waukesha. Rose Anne traveled with Michael during his appointments to library positions at the University of York (England), West Virginia and the College of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas). Following Michaelís retirement from Marquette University in 2007, the couple sold their Wauwatosa home of 23 years and moved to Waukesha in 2008.

Rose Anne and Michael have two children, Claudine Pate (b. 1969) and Brien Pate (b. 1975), both born in Oconomowoc and now living in Mazomanie. Rose Anne is beloved Me Ma to her four surviving grandchildren, Cory, Coco, Andrew and Ashley, and great-granddaughter, Carissa. She will be missed by her cousins, Jacquelyn Learned of Brooklyn Center, Minn., Richard and William Simpson of Montgomery, Ala., George Simpson of Kokomo, Ind., and Cynthia Morrison of Wrexham, UK.

Rose Anne had completed certified studies in interior design at Milwaukee Area Technical College and real estate sales with the Prudential Company. While in West Virginia, she worked in management with the Fashion Bug, retail womenís wear. Rose Anne was active in Eastern Star lodges in Kalamazoo and Athens, W.V., and enjoyed Norwegian rosemaling, watercolors, wood craft painting and home cooking.

Rose Anne has been been active in Episcopal churches wherever they have lived, and especially in Wisconsin at St. Anskarís in Hartland, Zion in Oconomowoc, St. Martinís in Brown Deer, Trinity in Wauwatosa and St. Matthias in Waukesha.

Holy Communion and a memorial service will be celebrated for Rose Anne at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, corner of Main Street and East Avenue, Waukesha. The Revs. David Simmons and Kenneth Guy will preside.

Gifts, in lieu of flowers, can be given to St. Matthias Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 824, Waukesha, WI 53187, and designated for the St. Matthias Music Program or the Hebron House of Hospitality, a shelter for the homeless.