June 14, 1953 – May 17, 2018
Rosemary Elaine Brat, 64, of Fredericksburg, Virginia passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 due to complications following surgery while battling cancer. She was born in the Women’s Hospital of Detroit to Morley and Nellie Gleason and enjoyed a healthy and happy, if somewhat mischievous childhood, in Hazel Park, Michigan with her three siblings, Patricia, Michael, and Kenneth. She graduated from Warren High School in 1971 and went on to study at University of Michigan and Michigan State University receiving a BA in Social Work from MSU in 1975- a degree that allowed her to help many others in her 25 years of employment. She married the love of her life, Jürgen Brat in 1978 and gave birth to their only child Kirsten in 1982. Rosemary made a point to find the good in everyone and took everything to heart, bearing other’s pain and joy as if it were her own. She was a poet, relationship counselor, and moral compass who had the gentlest way of nudging her listener to do the right thing. Over the years she served as Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout troop leader, volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels, attended countless church committee meetings, built houses with Habitat-for-Humanity, hosted a foreign exchange student, and offered her time and resources for the betterment of society in many other ways. She was a devoted and creative mother and an affectionate and faithful wife. Her grandkids, Rosie, Benji, and Lela will remember her for homemade playdough, baking sugar cookies together, inventive craft projects and encouraging words. Her daughter Kirsten will remember her for beautifully set dinner tables with delicious homemade food, expert thrift-shopping skills that benefitted the grandkids mostly, and family camping trips along the Great Lakes. She enjoyed her life in Fredericksburg: building friendships with her neighbors, attending Bible study at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, and visiting Virginia’s natural wonders with a special love for Mount Rogers in the Grayson Highlands and Shenandoah National Park. She is survived by her husband, Jürgen Brat; her daughter, Kirsten Yohe; her sister, Patricia Meola; her brother, Michael Gleason; her brother, Kenneth Gleason; son-in-law Matthew Yohe and grandchildren Melody (Rosie), Benjamin, and Lela. She was preceded in death by her father, Morley Gleason and mother, Nellie Gleason. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Hillcrest United Methodist Church with a reception to follow. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hillcrest UMC Building Fund, 2208 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
- Visitation Monday, June 18, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, June 18, 2018
June 20, 2018
Rose lived across the street from me. They had befriended me as soon as they moved in.
I found Rose and Jergen to be the be the finest couple I had ever met.
Not something I say lightly,
I have a saying I use if I can count on one hand the number of true friends on one hand when I pass, at the end of my journey.
Rose counts as one. Of the finest people I have met on this journey.
Rose and her husband Jurgen have been a significant part of my life, Rose will continue to be deeply missed.
June 4, 2018
While my year abroad, in the U.S, I had the pleasure to meet Rosemary and Jürgen. When my Year as an Au Pair ended, because i wasn't happy with the family i worked for, Rosemary and Jürgen were so nice and gave me the opportunity to visit them and stay with them for quite a long Time. Right from the beginning I felt so welcomed. Rosemary made me awesome breakfast and gave me for the first time after two months again the chance to feel save and home. We did a lot of awesome trips and I got to enjoy the last days in the U.S. with them. I can't put in words how thankful I am that both of them treaded me so well and never give me the feeling to be some stranger. Rosemary was one of the most loving , most compassionate, most understanding and most hearted woman I had the honor to meet. Du hast einen festen Platz in meinem Herzen .
May 25, 2018
To Rose (and Jurgen) - the best next door friends imaginable. We are eternally grateful to know you, and confident the love and kindness you showed to others daily is being richly returned to you already in heaven.
Before an international trip, we saw you off to the hospital from your
Rosewood driveway with Jurgen for the last time, as you flashed another warm & kind smile with a twinkle, your hallmark, along with the love of 3 beautiful grandchildren, Kirsten, your son-in-law and Jurgen - whose tireless care and boundless labors of love finally released you to God's own timing of compassion in your homecoming.
Returning today from the Himalayas in Nepal, where Tibetan nuns in a high convent near Muktinath offered prayers and a humble contribution to nunnery girls in Rose' memory - her kindness to children is appreciated in the many places Rose served as their patron and friend. I felt this ever kind spirit of Rose as we trekked high in the Annapurnas this week, perhaps, akin to the exuberance of life you felt in the beloved Shenandoahs of Virginia - shared often on various trek routes with your equally exuberant husband while celebrating life and its boundless discoveries.
God love & bless your spirit always, with deepest gratitude for times and loves shared with you both, Spotswood's finest friends, neighbors.
David L. Caprara
May 24, 2018
My heart is broken because of Rose's passing. Rose was one in a million and left us way too soon.
I always enjoyed her company and she was so thorough and dedicated to anything she was asked to do. I met Rose at Hillcrest United Methodist Church where she attended UMW and Bible Study. We laughed together and cried together. She spoke very lovingly of her family, especially her husband and grandchildren. I know she's happy in her heavenly home but goodness, I'm sure gonna miss her down here. My deepest condolences to her family.
May 22, 2018
Rose was so thoughtful and caring and always ready to flash a smile and a wave....and so grateful for the tiniest thing. I have a stack of handwritten thank you notes for leftovers. She will be deeply missed and always admired. Collette and David
May 20, 2018
Though I had only known Rose a short while, I was so amazed at the love and sincerity she had always given to me by making me feel comfortable in her home. I was not a stranger. No on ever was. She will be greatly missed and remembered always.