Rosemary Claire Manderfield

Rosemary Claire Manderfield, age 72, longtime resident of Houghton, Michigan passed away Wednesday September 21, 2022, shortly after being admitted to U.P-Health Portage, in Hancock.

One of six daughters and family of 12 children, Rosemary was born on March 20, 1950, at St. Joseph Hospital in Hancock to Florence (Kratt) and Matthias N. Manderfield Sr, and raised on the Manderfield farm in Atlantic Mine.

Rosemary attended the St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic School and was graduate of Houghton High School class of 1968.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her son Paris, her parents, and two brothers: Victor and Peter, and a sister Joan (Manderfield) Moore.

Rosemary is survived by her grandson and four brothers: Matt Manderfield of Atlantic Mine, James Manderfield of Snake River Hill, Chassell, David (Kathy) of Houghton, Michael (Cynthia) Manderfield of Atlantic Mine. And her sisters; Judy (Fred) Coxen of Oxford, Michigan. Paula (David Gilstrap) Manderfield of Lansing, Michigan, Cecilia (Gary) Bakkila of Chassell, Susan (Michael) Johnson of Painesdale, and sister-in-law, Leslie (Peter) Manderfield of Houghton.

Further, she is survived by numerous darling nieces and handsome nephews, and cousins. Along, with her best friend and partner, Michael Yoki of Houghton.

After high school, Rosemary moved to Lansing where she attended Michigan State University to study psychology. After several years in Lansing, she headed west and lived in the areas of Santa Barbara, California and Spokecane, Washington, where her son Paris was born.

Eventually, she returned to the Copper Country with her son. Rose was a beautiful person who loved life, in her younger years she enjoyed downhill skiing, ‘skateboarding’ down M-26, swimming across the Portage Canal and sharing a pet cow with her brother Mike.

Throughout Rosie’s travels, she never lost appreciation for the arts, she always talked about achieving as an artist. Rose enjoyed charcoal drawing, acrylic oil painting and pottery.

In addition to studying at Michigan State, Rose studied at Santa Barbara Community College and eventually, earned an associate’s degree of graphic arts from Suomi College in April 1983.

The family wishes to acknowledge Copper Country Mental Health adult care services and thank all those who provided valuable services and care to Rose over the years.

Intermittent will be in the Forrest Hill Cemetery, with a graveside service Thursday September 29 at 10a.m. The Memorial Chapel Funeral and Cremation Service are assisting the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations in Rose’s name can be made to the Copper Country Community Art Center in Hancock, Humane Society or any other charity of choice.

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