Rosemary E. Hathaway

Age 94, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2020. She was born March 20, 1926, to George S. Jr. and Evalee (Ayers) Marshall of Nashville, Michigan. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1943, thereafter attending Western Michigan University. Rosemary began a career at Sears Roebuck in Kalamazoo while attending WMU.

She married Lyle C. Hathaway in 1947, who was the first Michigan State Police officer to be allowed to marry before a two-year tenure as an officer. The couple moved across Michigan as Lyle served in the troops, from Bay City to Houghton Lake to Paw Paw to East Lansing, where Rosemary resumed her career at Sears in the Auditing Department. The couple retired to Lake Isabella, MI while also travelling the U.S. in their fifth wheel.

After Lyle’s passing, Rosemary relocated to DeWitt, MI where she was active in the community and a member of Redeemer United Methodist Church.

Rosemary was a talented seamstress, gardener, and avid walker. She watched tennis matches remotely with her sister and, well into her 90s, loved to play Wii bowling, often scoring perfect games ambidextrously.  Most of all, she loved her family and had an infectious smile for everyone.

Predeceasing her are her parents, husband Lyle Hathaway, and sisters Marcelle Tooke and Geneva Novak.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her sister Marquita Clements of Nashville, MI, sister-in-law Pearl Pattison of Kalamazoo, MI, brother-in-law Larry Novak of Nashville, MI, children Don (Michelle) Hathaway of Williamston, MI, Lynn (Steve) Hoeksema of Lansing, MI, and JoAnn Hathaway of DeWitt, MI, nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 19, 2020, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. at Redeemer United Methodist Church, DeWitt, MI with interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville, MI.

In lieu of flowers those who wish may contribute to Rosemary’s memory to Redeemer Church Memorial Fund, 13980 Schavey Rd, Dewitt, MI 48820.

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Pauline Vargo
November 14, 2020 at 3:46 pm

Rosemary was one of the sweetest people I have ever met and she will be missed by everyone who knew her. She had a beautiful smile and loved life and her family dearly. I remember my last visit with her, JoAnn and Hanna, she was so happy and we laughed so much. She will have a wonderful reunion with Lyle, the love of her life, in heaven. Bless her and her family. With Love, Pauline and Dennis Vargo

Ron Bekkering
November 19, 2020 at 10:43 pm

JoAnn and Hanna and the rest of family

You are all in my prayers and as we get close to Thanksgiving I pray that you are thankful for the times spent with mom and grandma! She was a blessing to all who knew her! May God grant you all peace!!


Susan Tabor
November 22, 2020 at 4:44 pm

Beautiful lady. Wonderful memories during my teenage years. My condolences to Joann and all of her family. Always and forever Joann.

JoAnn Hathaway
November 22, 2020 at 8:42 pm

Dearest Dennis and Pauline,

Mom thought the sun and moon rose with you! Thank you for your love and support over all of these years and your wonderful friendship with mom. You, being a caregiver to your wonderful mother, know the special bond we share taking care of our parents.

Love to you.

JoAnn Hathaway
November 22, 2020 at 8:47 pm

Dear Sue,

She revered our treasured friendship. Thank you my dear friend for your heartfelt sentiments. Always and Forever – JoAnn


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