Rosemary L Allen

November 29, 1938July 17, 2013

Rosemary L. (Cross) Allen, age 74 of Overland Park, KS passed away July 17, 2013, at home from lung cancer. Rosemary grew up in Kansas City, MO., and attended North Kansas City High School, class of 1956, and was elected the "year book queen" her senior year. As a child, Rosemary trained as a ballet dancer. After high school she attended William Jewel College and was a member of the Beta Sigma Omicron sorority. She was a 1st grade teacher at Summerset grade school and worked as a substitute teacher for the Shawnee Mission School District until 1975. Rosemary also worked at Hayward's Pit BBQ, Allen's Van and Storage Co., and Hillcrest Church preschool. Rosemary loved her pets, old musicals, flowers, and the lake by her home. Rosemary was a member of the Kansas City Ski Club, and attended The Village Church and more recently the First Church of the Nazarene. Rosemary is preceded in death by her father Ed Cross, mother Rosemary Hartman-Tardino, brothers Wade Henderson of Texas, Mark and John Cross. She is survived by her husband W. Ross Allen of the home. Daughters Angela and Bob Kunze, and Andrea and Jim Jurczak of Overland Park, her stepson Gil and Sheri Allen of Shawnee, stepmother Lois Thomas and brother Frank Cross of Platte Co., MO. Her three grandchildren, Jessica and Grace Jurczak and Robert Kunze, as well as her cat "Cuddles." The family will have a private graveside service at the Lenexa Cemetery. Visitation will be July 27, 2013 from 6-8pm at McGilley and Hoge Memorial Chapel 8024 Santa Fe Dr. Overland Park, KS 66204.


  • Visitation Saturday, July 27, 2013

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July 27, 2013

Rita Maurer

July 25, 2013

Angie - so sorry for the loss of your mom. She had been at Robbie's and Matthew's games since they were little playing soccer together. She always had a chair and a cute hat and sometimes her little dog. She was always so sweet and kind and cared so much for Robbie. I will miss her coming to chat with us when we hung out at her pool. We won't be able to attend the service but you and your sis will be in my prayers.

July 25, 2013

The last time we saw Rosemary was at our 55th Class Reunion in 2011. It is such a shock as she looked healthy and was as lovely and sweet as in our high school years. Our sympathy to her family.
Rosie Hagg-Stanley, Reunion Committee
NKCHS Class of 1956

Susan Freedman

July 24, 2013

Dear Angela,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Rosemary was such a kindhearted lady and I know how close the two of you were. I wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Jennifer Nanneman

July 24, 2013

Sorry Angie, have been thinking of you.

July 23, 2013

My cousin Susie was so sweet, kind and beautiful. God Bless her family. I will miss her. Lynn Miller (Sapulpa,OK)

Lisa Kunze

July 23, 2013

So many of Rosemary's best qualities live on in her daughters. During the years that I have known Angie, I have seen her patience, kindness, caring, and love of animals and people. Rosemary exemplified these and so many other great qualities. She was also a good cook and hostess and welcomed me and my family during holiday feasts. I wish that there were more people like her. I will remember her fondly.

Shirley Kaul

July 21, 2013

God's blessing and peace be with you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Lisa Vernon

July 21, 2013

I know that Aunt Rosemary loved her family with every ounce of her being and that you must be heartbroken. I will keep your entire family close in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate her life and grieve your loss.

July 19, 2013

Cousin Susie was the most beautiful and fun relative a girl could have; she had a convertable and drove with the top down, was sweet enough to take a younger cousin for a ride or rollerskating. One summer we picked out a little black poodle for her mother Rosie. Susie seemed brave in her own gentle way and I learned much about independence from her. Summer visits were never long enough to spend with my cousins, those memories are such a part of my soul. Susie was the oldest girl and she had golden curls. She and the family in KC meant so much to my life. I know how much grief her girls must feel and Ross and his son. I know Rosie and Grandma were waiting with open arms for their pink and gold girl to join them in heaven. We were so lucky to have shared her life here on earth. With much love, Cousin Sharron Miller