Rosemarie Catherine Childers

September 4, 1927April 4, 2021

Rosemarie Childers of Belleville, Illinois, passed peacefully to her final resting place with God on Easter Morning, April 4th, 2021. She was born on September 4th, 1927 in East St. Louis, Illinois to Henry and Bernice, nee Schulte, Timper.

Rosemarie was preceded in death by her son, John P. Hrabusicky, Jr., brothers; Melvin and Jimmy Timper, and sisters; Marjorie Exendine, Ruth Omelson, Doris Eiskant, Thelma Eiskant, Norma Eiskant, and Marcella Buesking.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence “Clark” Childers of Belleville, Illinois, children; Thomas (Mary Jo) Hrabusicky of Okawville, Illinois, William Hamilton and spouse Tyrus “Gil” Arnold of Lake Mary, Florida, Phillip (Debbie) Childers of Belleville, Illinois, and Shelly (Dave) McCann of O'Fallon, Illinois. She is further survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved, and sister-in-law, Mary Temper of Belleville, Illinois. Rosemarie began her career as a counter server with the Kresge Store in East St. Louis, Illinois. She made life-long friends whom formed the ‘Kresge Girls Club’ and enjoyed many movies, dinners, and other social events. Rosemarie then accepted the position of Secretary to Monsignor John T. Fournie at St. Philips School in East St. Louis. She was employed many years in this position, then began work as a Receptionist for Dr. William Allen, DDS, and subsequently for Dr. Gerald Dragich, DMD until retirement. Rosemarie and Lawrence “Clark” Childers were united in matrimony on October 14th, 1978 and spent many fun years as co-owners of Collector’s Corner. They enjoyed many road trips with their children and grandchildren while driving across country to display collectibles at conventions.

Rosemarie was a proud member of the St. Ann Alter Society and a devoted, lifelong Catholic, attending St. Philips Parish in East St. Louis and then St. Luke’s in Belleville. She was a giving person, coaching girls baseball even though she didn’t have any girls, and volunteering summers at Camp Ondessonk. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, taking trips to Spring Training in Florida with her son when possible.

Many thanks to the staff of Sycamore Village Assisted Living Center in Swansea, Illinois for the care, love, and compassion shown toward Rosemarie and her family, and to Family Hospice for the care and comfort provided in her last days and hours.

Due to Covid concerns, a private family Mass will be held. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville or to St. Luke’s Catholic Church.


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Penny Sullivan

April 8, 2021

Rosemarie was a good friend and the best neighbor anyone could ever hope for. I enjoyed our times together wether it was going to church, Tunica ( she was the lucky one) or being “Lookie Loo’s” when there would be an “Open House” in the neighborhood. She was a fun person and I enjoyed her company. We will miss her light in this world. Rest in peace my beloved friend. I will root for the Cardinals for you❤️

Michele Lawson

April 7, 2021

A fun loving beautiful lady.