Rosemary Catherine Greene

August 29, 1931February 1, 2013

Rosemary Catherine Short Greene August 29, 1931 - February 1, 2013 Rosemary was born on August 29, 1931 in Omaha, Nebraska to John Henry and Rosella (Padroze) Short. She moved with her family to Bakersfield in the late 1930's and attended St. Joseph's School before graduating from Garces Memorial High School in 1949. It was during this time that Rosemary developed life-long friendships with her fellow students and cheerleaders. At the age of 16, Rosemary met Robert Joseph Greene through a mutual friend of her sister, Jackie. Bobby and Rosie, as they affectionately called one another, would meet up at Garces dances, started dated and were engaged in 1950. Rosie and Bobby were married on January 27, 1951 at St. Joseph's Church. Together, they welcomed six children - Christine in 1951, Lorraine in 1953, Kevin in 1954, Robert (Chipper) in 1957, Sean in 1959 and Meagan in 1961. Rosie celebrated her 62nd wedding anniversary with Bobbie just five days prior to her death. Bobby loved his G.L.H.O.P.S. Rosie, his Walker River fishing partner, gin foe and the many happy times they spent with their family and with one another sharing meals at Mexicali, Bill Lee's, Pizzaville, trips to Morro Bay and celebrating Valentine's Day together. Known as Mom to her children, Rosemary was always available to help, listen and provide encouragement. A loving, kind, patient and supportive Grandma and Meema, she always welcomed her grandchildren with a big smile and warm hug. Throughout her life, in addition to being a homemaker, Rosemary worked at Bank of America, Dr. Osell's office and for her son, Chipper, at Pizzaville. She volunteered countless hours at St. Francis School & Church and Garces. She was a member of the Columbian Wives, Altar Society and Golden Agers. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rosella Short; her sister, Jackie and grandson Vincent Anthony Greene. Rosemary is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, Robert J. Greene. She is also survived by her six children and their spouses, all of whom will miss their mom dearly - Christine (Tina) Farris; Lorraine Wharton and her husband Paul; Kevin Greene and his wife Rose; Robert E. Greene (Chipper) and his wife Vicki; Sean Greene and his wife Sharon and Meagan Friberg and her husband Ron. A wonderful Grandma and Meema to all of her grandchildren, Rosemary will be missed by Eugene, Eric, Wally and Lisa Farris; Loren and Gillian Hampton; Andrew and Lesley-Anne Wharton; Mary, Jacque and Kelly Greene; Katie and Shannon Greene; Stephen and Scott Greene; Erica Hoover and Sarah Pavlick; Joshua, Patrick, Matthew and Michael Martin and Adam Friberg. Rosemary is also survived by nine great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Visitation begins Thursday, February 7th, 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, 9191 Kern Canyon Road. A 9:30 a.m. Rosary, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 900 H St., on Friday, February 8th. Interment immediately following at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, 9191 Kern Canyon Road. Family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Garces High School, St. Francis Church or your favorite charity


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February 11, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Mark Garibaldi

February 10, 2013

My thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the Greene Family. Rosemary was one of the nicest people you could ever meet, and the same can be said of her family.

Guinevere Sinichko Murphy

February 10, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Peggy Sinichko

February 8, 2013

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Janet Castanos

February 7, 2013

Rosemary was such a kind and sweet lady. She was like a second mom to me growing up. Lorraine and I have been friends since our December 1953 Mercy Hospital births. I hung out at their house all the time so I have many fond memories of Rosemary.
Rosemary is in good hands.
Love to the family.

February 7, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear about Rosemary. She, Jackie, and I were friends before she and Bob were married.
Inez (Gamble) Whitehead

lisa f

February 6, 2013

My beautiful grandma, rip

Margaret Purcell

February 5, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.