Rosemary Wooden

January 18, 1938October 9, 2020

Rosemary Wooden, 82, of Northville, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 9, 2020. Rosemary was born on January 18, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan.

Rosemary is survived by her beloved and devoted husband, Lawrence F. Wooden; her children, Lisa Calice, Lawrence T. Wooden, and Anne (Michael) Elias; her grandchildren, Vlady (Lauren) Calice, Lina Calice, Olena Calice, and Mollie Hulbert; great grandchildren, Audrey Calice and Eleanor Calice; her siblings, William (Cindi) Melnik, Margaret Woodward, and Barbara (David) Carson.

Rosemary was predeceased by her parents, William and Rose (Kren)Melnik; her brother, James Melnik; and her great grandson Owen Calice.

Rosemary loved her family, especially her husband Lawrence, to whom she was married for 60 years. Together they raised three children and their grandchildren. They spent many happy years enjoying summers at the lake, playing badminton, canoeing and sailing; along with trips up north to places that were special to them. She was the most wonderful wife, mother and grandmother anyone could have wished for.

Rosemary really loved nature, delighted in watching birds. She enjoyed every variety of flowers and loved gardening. She enjoyed craft, sewing and needlework projects of all kinds; giving tours at the botanical gardens; reading; traveling; and playing cards with her card club. Rosemary volunteered her time making and sending cheerful cards to parishioners that were ill, and helping at funeral luncheons at St. Collette Parish. She was always one to assist with any charitable cause.

The oldest of five children, Rosemary loved her brothers and sisters, along with her many nieces and nephews. She looked forward to any family gathering and never missed sending a card for a birthday or special occasion. She was known for sending cards with words of encouragement and prayers.

Rosemary had a gift for seeing the good in others, and for bringing people together. She had something nice to say about everyone. She seemed to know just the thing to say for any given circumstance. No visitor ever left her home without a kind word, a great story and a full belly; dessert included. She had a great sense of humor and was known for telling and laughing at her own jokes.

Rosemary loved being a grandmother. She patiently doted on her grandchildren; attending all their school functions; dance performances, going on adventures, and preparing their favorite meals and treats. One of her proudest achievements was sending her grandson to Catholic Central High School and personally seeing to it that he graduated.

Although she lost her struggle with Alzheimer’s, those of us whom she loved will long remember her huge heart, her warm smile, her kindness and her delicious cooking and baking. Her chicken soup, birthday cakes and holiday cookies were legendary.

Rosemary will forever be dearly loved and missed, and never forgotten. She will be constantly in our prayers as we have always been in hers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rosemary’s memory may be made to Corpore Sano Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Corpore Sano Home Health & Hospice


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • In state

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, October 16, 2020


Rosemary Wooden

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Ted Rayha

October 16, 2020

Rosemary, it would take a book to remember growing up together so I won't even try, but what memories we have had. "Cha, cha, cha"

Chuck McCall

October 15, 2020

Rosemary, a kind, caring, and gentle lady, wife, and mother. I have fond memories of her and Buzz. God bless her and all who miss and mourn her.
Chuck M.

John Daly

October 15, 2020

I have great memories of doing a lot of fun things growing up with Larry and his sisters. Whether it was playing basketball in their driveway, playing football in the park behind their house, playing Intellivision Video Games with Larry and our friends in the basement, and even listening to some great music in their house of AC/DC and other bands (played loudly I will tell you), the one constant with all of this was how nice their mom, Mrs. Wooden, was to everyone that came over. The smells of her baking or cooking were always great to take in. Her kindness and smiles to everyone that was around, was one of the many reasons I always felt welcomed to their home. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. I hope you can find comfort and some smiles with the great memories and lessons from your mom along with knowing she's in a better place now. God Bless!

Sandy Johnson

October 10, 2020

I was lucky to have met Vlady when he attended Catholic Central High School with my son Gary. I would pick them up from school and Vlady would spend time at our house. After visiting I would either drive him to Grammas and grandpas home or gramma and grandpa would pick him up at our home. I got to know his grandparents with each pickup and drop off. She was so proud of Vlady as well as her other grandchildren, children, and great grandchildren. She was such a happy kind soul. She will be missed terribly. May she rest in peace knowing her memory will live on.

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