OBITUARY

Rosemary Theresa Seiler

February 15, 1938November 1, 2018
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Rosemary Seiler passed gently on November 1, 2018. She has gone on to be with her beloved husband, Paul. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. Rosemary lived a life of service; to her family, to her community, to her church. She left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her. Rosemary’s earthly remains will be joined with Paul at 10 AM on November 8, 2018 at the Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. We will celebrate her life at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple, Texas on Sunday, November 25 at 2:00 PM. The family request that memorial be made to St Jude’s Hospital

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  • She has gone on to be with her beloved husband, Paul. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild.

Services

  • Inurnment Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 25, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Carol (Reineck) Huebner

November 18, 2018

I know the dear Lord welcomes Rosemary into her eternal rest with Jesus. My memory is one of such love and concern Rosemary and Paul showed us when my late husband Todd and I moved to Fort Hood for me to serve at Darnall Army Hospital - and were looking for a home. We shared our love for the Lutheran Church - and they welcomed us into their home while we looked for housing. Rosemary cooked for us and found the home we rented. Carol, know that your dear Mother Rosemary was the salt of the earth and we will always remember her sense of humor, gentle ways, and how much she showed the love of Christ to all she met. God Bless and Comfort You.

Carol and Mike Huebner
Concordia Lutheran Church
San Antonio TX

Martha Thomas

November 5, 2018

Sorry for your loss. Remember your mom from the school system. A loving teacher. Also knew her through the Cardona’s. I know she is with God and at peace. Prayers for all.

Sharon & David Cardona

November 5, 2018

With smiles and sighs we recall the many moments spent together, that though taken for granted as they were being made, now are precious memories. Through the joyful times into the painful ones, from our card playing to time together in Germany, in attending continuing education workshops together to discussing Jesus’ presence in our lives —- oh how we rejoice that our Lord graced us with the loving friendship of Rosemary and Paul! Our sympathy to you all, her loved ones, as you continue this journey of life without her earthly presence. God bless you!

Karla Branson

November 3, 2018

The day you entered my life, or was it me coming into yours... I knew I had found a most special friend, a mentor and someone who always approached life as a challenge to be mastered with quiet resolve. As the years passed, I knew you were the person who could unravel those mysteries of human behavior and inequities. The value I placed on our friendship can never be measured. I thank God for crossing our paths in this journey called life. I shall miss you beyond description. You are one of a kind. My mind knows you are where you need to be... my heart is having trouble catching up. I love you.

Mary Jarcy

November 2, 2018

Mother loved Scooby and he loved her!

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Biography

Rosemary Theresa Seiler was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this woman was an outstanding luminary and that her natural abilities served her well. She knew with certainty how she wanted to set priorities in all aspects of her life. She struck those who knew her as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what she expected from her day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. Rosemary was a woman who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, Rosemary would set about immediately to create it.

Rosemary was born on February 15, 1938 at the Virginia Johnson Home in Dallas, Texas. Her parents were Ernest and Barbara Freeman. Rosemary was raised in Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. Rosemary was brought up to be reasonable in her actions and was taught to use her intellect wisely. She was an honest and straightforward child, traits that reinforced her self-confidence. Even at a young age, Rosemary was credited with having a positive influence on those around her.

Rosemary's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that enthusiasm generated led to her exhibiting leadership qualities early on in her childhood. She liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, she was willing to experiment with different approaches as she worked a plan towards a solution. As a young girl, she she loved to swim. In her spare time she liked reading, singing, and swimming. Rosemary's memorable achievement was singing "Buttons and Bows" on the radio.

When it came to academics and school, Rosemary's organizational skills reaped dividends. Rosemary was able to create a system for getting her class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong ability to analyze her schoolwork and assignments, she could apply a practical, common sense approach completing her studies. She showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which she tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge her own reasoning ability in finding solutions. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1955. She enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school were english and driver's ed. Rosemary graduated High School at age 16 and joined the newspaper, was in the Twentieth Century Writer's Club, and was in the Library Club.

The work habits and approaches to studying that Rosemary utilized in high school also served her well in college. Rosemary always seemed on a quest for knowledge. She was able to generalize, summarize and compile information for her classes, employing a matter-of-fact approach. Rosemary was intuitive and mentally alert, seemed to crave the challenge of solving complex problems. She earned her Bachelor of Science and English from West Texas State University in 1960. She also pursued graduate school, earning her Masters in counseling, and her certification to teach english as well as special education. Her favorite courses were journalism and english literature. He spare time was never wasted as she enjoyed being a newspaper editor, swimmer, and volleyball player.

In a group of friends and acquaintances, Rosemary was typically the first person to take the initiative to go up and greet someone new. That quality made her very approachable by others throughout her life. This same quality brought Rosemary the reward of many friends. Maintaining loyalty to those friends was a trait that came naturally to Rosemary. She believed that she should treat others in a fair manner, in the same way she wanted to be treated. Rosemary also showed a great deal of appreciation for the accomplishments of her friends. While growing up, her best friend was Mildred Freeman. Later in life, she became friends with Rhea Bohannon, David and Sharon Cartena, Jim and Deb Seigman, Denise Koehn, Carla Branson, and Sue Moten.

As Rosemary knew in other aspects of her life, she had a clear vision of what she sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. On February 7, 1981 Rosemary exchanged wedding vows with Paul Richard Seiler at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Copperas Cove, Texas. Paul was a significant part of her life, and it wasn’t necessary for Rosemary to be overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of their mutual devotion. Rosemary's secret to success was that she always kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the important skill of being a good listener.

Family and children were important to Rosemary, even if she didn’t always show it. Rosemary was blessed with three children, ary, John, and Carol. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Evan, Ryan, and Elizabeth and one great grandchild, Camden. Rosemary was able to keep order in the family by using the same efficient and straightforward methods with the family as she did at work. Rosemary rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, she was subtle and patient in her dealings when teaching the children right from wrong.

At work Rosemary was viewed as a natural leader. She could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. She was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Rosemary was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. She was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. Although Rosemary might have been described by some as an overachiever, she was without question a dedicated and diligent employee. Her primary occupation was teaching. She was employed for many years. She taught english as a special education teacher and as a second language. Later, she went on to write the curriculum for Central Texas College. She also has her own practice as a psychotherapist.

Not only did Rosemary find pleasure in pursuing her various hobbies, she also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about them. Her skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these activities as well. Her favorite pursuits were studying the Bible, helping at the food bank, cooking, traveling, swimming, playing scrabble and bridge, dancing, sewing, crochet, arts and crafts, and painting.

No matter what the activity was, Rosemary had the ability to motivate others. This talent influenced her participation in sports, too. She sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and she stayed cool and calm under pressure. She relished the stimulation of the action and energy associated with sports. In high school, Rosemary was on the swim team. In her college years, Rosemary continued to stay active by playing volleyball and powder puff football. Recreational sports included swimming. She was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football or the Olympics.

Rosemary's ability to motivate, direct and organize others made her a valuable asset to the organizations to which she contributed during her lifetime. Rosemary was one who could be counted on to work hard to implement goals and required little to begin work on a specific task. Once a project was begun, Rosemary had a definite methodology for seeing it through to completion. Throughout her later years, Rosemary was an active member of the Lutheran Woman League, Bible Study Fellowship, Laborors for Christ.

Rosemary lived her life guided by a well-defined set of beliefs. Her faith and religion were important aspects of those beliefs. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church for 18 years and the Lutheran Church for 34 years. During that time she helped with sausage fest held at Trinity Lutheran Vhurch and the food pantry.

Traveling, especially vacations, was another way for Rosemary to apply her exceptional leadership and organizational skills. She liked exploring different places but also enjoyed designing and scheduling the trips in advance. She had real talent for developing the perfect itineraries. Favorite vacations included Hawaii, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, and Texas.

Rosemary was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Rosemary's favorites were Lil' Bit and Sugar Babe. They were best friends for 20 and 5 years.

She had worked out all of the details well in advance and knew exactly what she was going to do. Copperas Cove, Texas. In retirement, she found new pleasure in Bible study, fellowship, and the food pantry. Always a well-informed person, Rosemary enjoyed adding to her wealth of knowledge. Retirement afforded her the time to enjoy that experience and provided one more opportunity to look ahead at what life might offer her.

Rosemary passed away on November 1, 2018 at Cornerstone in Temple, Texas. Rosemary battled with all her strength sgsinst a brain tumor. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. Services were held at Immanuel Lutheran in Temple, Texas. Rosemary was laid to rest in Central Texas State Veteran's Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

Rosemary Theresa Seiler knew what she wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. She could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Rosemary was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat about most things. She was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default. If she saw that something needed to be done, she was always ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan.