Rosemary Catherine Sylvain

March 17, 1928January 3, 2019

Rosemary C. Sylvain, 90, died at home on Janurary 3, 2019. Rosemary was born St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1928 to George and Nora Staperfene. She attended St. Martin’s High School, Class of 1946.

On August 26, 1950, she married George A. Sylvain, and they made their home in the Detroit area until they moved to Harbor Springs in 1985. Rosemary was an original member of the Glad Bags, a group that was founded in 1934 by ten first graders and lasted 84 years. Rosemary loved a good party.

She was preceded in death by her husband George, parents and three siblings, Margaret Ann Osplack, Rod Staperfene and Daniel Staperfene.

She is survived by her five children Cathleen (Joseph) Riley of Clinton Township, James (Debra) Sylvain of Rochester Hills, Laura (The Favorite) Sylvain of Harbor Springs, Timothy (Coleen) Sylvain of Chicago, and Mary Beth (Daniel) Phillips of Harbor Springs. Also surviving are her 7 grandchildren: Erin Linsky, Patrick Riley, Devin Riley, Elizabeth Morey, Michael Phillips, Peter Sylvain, John Sylvain and 7 great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township, MI, on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 3-8 PM, with a rosary service at 7 PM. A celebration of life will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40501 Hayes Road, Sterling Heights, MI, on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 9:30 AM. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Fr. Solanus/Capuchin Soup Kitchen or the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation.

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  • the late George & Nora Staperfene, Parents
  • the late George A. Sylvain, Husband
  • Cathleen (Joseph) Riley, Daughter
  • James (Debra) Sylvain, Son
  • Laura (The Favorite) Sylvain, Daughter
  • Timothy (Coleen) Sylvain, Son
  • Mary Beth (Daniel) Phillips, Daughter
  • Erin Linsky, Patrick Riley, Devin Riley, Elizabeth Morey, Michael Phillips, Peter Sylvain & John Sylvain, Grandchildren
  • the late Margaret Ann Osplack, Rod Staperfene & Daniel Staperfene, Siblings
  • Also survived by 7 Great Grandchildren

  • Father Solanus/Capuchin Soup Kitchen
  • Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation


  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Rosary Service Monday, January 7, 2019
  • In State Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Rosemary Catherine Sylvain

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Chris and Doug Simmons

January 8, 2019

We are sorry to hear about your mother and we send our condolences. You look so much like her. She sounds like she was a wonderful person. We hope your memories of her will bring you good feelings during this sad time and in the future.

John Kraus

January 8, 2019

Conolences to the Sylvain Family. Ro was a special person and a highlight of our early Bridgewood years. Fun times around the kitchen table on Tunstall Drive!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
John and Becky Kraus

Kevin Gilroy

January 6, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Sylvain family.
So many fond memories with Geo , Bud, and the entire Sylvain clan.
Harbor Springs and all the Sylvains will always hold a special place in my heart. I think of you all often. I’ll raise my glass tonight and toast Bud on a life well lived.

Kevin “KG” Gilroy

Rosa Riccardi

January 6, 2019

Our condolences to the Sylvain Family. Rosemary was a very special person. I will miss seeing her on my visits to Harbor Springs. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Rosa & Frank

Stephen Muehring

January 6, 2019

Only met Mrs. Sylvain a couple of times, but I'm pretty sure we had a couple of beers together, she seemed like a fun loving lady who I am sure will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Santo Landa

January 5, 2019

We could always count on Rosebud being on the corner in downtown Harbor Springs for the Fourth of July parade. She saved us our spot there every year. And we cannot forget the awesome barbecues at your home along with the vicious croquet matches in the backyard.

We will miss you and we were honored to be with you at your 90th birthday party

Julie and SANTO

Terri Crumb

January 4, 2019

Sure enjoyed our Glad Bag pj parties and singing to the playing piano. She was definitely one of a kind❤️ Our hearts are with you Laura (her favorite) and entire family! Hugs....such an awesome legacy she leaves with all who knew her!