Rosemary D. Starr, 96
Oct. 25, 1918 -- Aug. 29, 2015
Rosemary Dorothy Starr (nee Hetzel), 96, passed away peacefully Aug. 29, 2015, at Copper Canyon, in Tucson, Arizona.
Rosemary was born Oct. 25, 1918, in West Bend to the late John E. Hetzel Sr. and Emma (nee Engmann). While her father was sheriff of Washington County during 1928-29, she and her family lived at the old jail, the residence of which was above the cells. In 1932, she graduated from Holy Angels School, where two of her great-granddaughters currently attend and are the fifth generation to do so. After graduating from West Bend High School in 1936, Rosemary worked at the Electric Company and Gehl Bros.
In 1941, she met Marcel W. Starr, and they were engaged for his three and a half years of military action during World War II. They were married at the Holy Angels rectory May 9, 1946. For the better part of the next 20 years, they raised their family at the various Army posts to which they were assigned, including two tours of duty in Alaska and one in Germany. In 1963, they moved back to West Bend, and from 1964 to 1981, Rosemary worked at the West Bend High School front office and then at the guidance department office.
Rosemary and Marcel retired to Green Valley, Arizona, in August 1981, and moved into the new home that was built and completed in time for their arrival. Rosemary volunteered first at Our Lady of the Valley Parish office, and then for the next 18 years, found much satisfaction and enjoyment being a volunteer at the Casa de Esperanza office. She also enjoyed swimming and learning to play golf, and she continued to play bridge, which she learned as a young Army wife during their assignment in Germany. She and Marcel looked forward to the frequent visits from family and friends, both in Green Valley and Rexburg, Idaho, where they spent their summers for many years.
Rosemary was survived by her husband, Marcel W. Starr, until his passing March 28, 2016. Their next wedding anniversary would have marked seventy years of marriage.
She is survived by her four children, Suzanne Merner (Carl) of Santa Rosa, California, and Holualoa, Hawaii, Marc Starr (Rocio) of Chandler, Arizona, Kathleen Rose of Santa Rosa, California, and Gregory Starr (Tom) of Kensington, California; his grandchildren, Stacey Worrall (David) of Elgin, Illinois, Joshua Wiedmeyer (Amy) of West Bend, Courtney Kleinert of Appleton, Matthew Merner of Petaluma, California, Alex Castelazo (Molly) of Phoenix, and Mauricio Castelazo (Andrea) of Chandler, Arizona; his great-grandchildren, Nicholas Worrall, Alison and Abigail Wiedmeyer, Alyssa and Lennon Kleinert, and Miguel and Isa Castelazo; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, John and Emma Hetzel; sisters, Hortense Wilcox (Herb), Vera Milner (Jim), Hildegard (died in infancy) Anita and Evelyn Waite (Earl); and brother, John E. Hetzel (LaVerne).
A brief service for the inurnment of ashes will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Washington County Memorial Park. Deacon Mark Jansen of Holy Angels Parish officiating. Donations in Rosemary’s memory can be made to the Holy Angels School Trust Fund or to the West Bend Historical Society.