OBITUARY

Rosemarie B. Meek

August 5, 1935October 10, 2020
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Rosemarie B. Meek, age 85, went home to be with the Lord on October 10, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Germany on August 5, 1935. She was a joyful & loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to everyone she met and she will be dearly missed. Rosie came to America to start her new life in 1957. She married James R. Meek, her husband of 50 years, on April 17, 1963, and instantly became a mother to 4 children, Linda Ilene, Thomas, Debbie and Carol. In 1965, Jim and Rosie adopted Brigitte. Rosie absolutely loved being a wife, mother of 5, a grandmother and great-grandmother. Everyone who knew Rosie, knew she enjoyed laughing! She Always chose Joy, no matter her circumstance. She Loved telling jokes and enjoyed making other people laugh to brighten their day. She genuinely Loved everyone the Lord brought into her life! Rosie also really enjoyed creating and making many beautiful hand made crafted items and gifts. She also loved bowling in many different leagues and playing bunco with dear friends over numerous years.

There was never a person Rosie met that she didn't try to make laugh nor someone she didn't love and embrace as a new friend. As a matter of fact, if youwere Rosie's friend, she considered you now adopted and embraced as a part of her family! Jim and Rosie were long time Church of Christ members and their last Church Home was Sunset Ridge Church of Christ. Their final Home together is now in heaven with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Praise His Holy Name!

Rosie Meek was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years James Robert Meek, daughter Debbie Persall and son Thomas Meek. She is survived by her daughters Linda Ilene Juvik, Carol Kiefer and Brigitte Randolph, 9 grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandchild due in January 2021.

The Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2020 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. The private interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park at a later date.

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  • She is survived by her daughters Linda Ilene Juvik,Carol Kiefer and Brigitte Randolph, 9 grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandchild due in January 2021.

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Services

23 October

Memorial Service

3:00 pm

Sunset Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, TX 78218

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Monica Sherman-Young

October 22, 2020

My mom and Rosie were roommates and best of friends prior to getting married, so I have known Rosie all of my life. As a matter of fact she was like a second mother to me. She was always joking and loved pinching us to get a squeal out of us. She was the best!!
I know that her and my mom are laughing and drinking coffee in heaven with Jim and my brother Ron. I will always miss them all dearly and look forward to seeing them one day in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Al and Elaine Novotny

October 21, 2020

Al and I would like to send to the family our condolences. We are sorry for your loss. Al and I saw Rosemarie every Sunday before service. She was always cheerful and warm to us both. We would talk about our life in Germany and Al would speak a few German words to her and sing a German song. She would hug and kiss us both. We will surely miss her beautiful smile, warm hugs and loving heart.

Margie Stevens

October 21, 2020

I want to Thank you Lord, for choosing Rosie, a very special woman to raise my beautiful, sweet, precious sister Brigitte. Now, our Momma’s have a lot of catching up to do in Heaven. I wish I could have met Rosie, but I will one of these days. All my love and prayers! 🌷

Linette McCue

October 20, 2020

My thoughts and prayers to the family for the loss of one the sweetest ladies ever. I will always cherish the memories as a child at Brigitte's home and Mrs Rosie planning such great play days for us. Her smile and joy will be missed.


Patricia Stevens

October 20, 2020

I have so many beautiful memories of Rosie. I never heard her utter an unkind word... ever... about anyone or anything! An absolutely delightful woman. I am truly sorry I didn’t get to see her one last time ... due to Covid 19.

Pamela Finck

October 19, 2020

Peggy Sue and Gladys welcome Rosie into their heavenly Kaffe Klatch and will love laughing together! And Uncle Don and my dad, Dalton, will definitely give her a run for the money in cards and Bunco! We are all so blessed to have Brigitte in our lives and will take it from here Rosie! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for raising an amazing, loving precious human being!

Sonja Montgomery

October 16, 2020

I would first like to express my deepest condolence and prayers to Rosemarie's family and friends. My heart sank, when I heard the news of Rosie's passing. We met at the Beethoven Damenchor (ladies choir) store, where we volunteered to sell German specialties to support the choir. Rosie was the best salesperson, ever. Her jokes were hillarious, and she was always such a joy to be with. We shared tea together in her beautiful home, and a friendship of pure joy. It hasn't been too long ago, when I had the pleasure to visit with Rosemarie, not knowing this would be the last time. Rosemarie was a wonderful woman with a big heart, and nothing but laughter and joy. May God bless her and welcome her to his kingdom. With love and admiration, Sonja, Douglas, and family.

JUDY Turner

October 16, 2020


Rosemary: such a treasure to us all. Your joviality and kindness are already sorely missed. There are those people who are soooooo very special upon first meeting that you know at first site you will be friends for a lifetime. Your shared times with us are deeply valued forever and FOREVER!!!!

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FROM THE FAMILY

Rosemarie and her beautiful new family: Linda, Thomas, Debbie and Carol

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FROM THE FAMILY

Rosemarie and her beautiful new family: Linda, Thomas, Debbie and Carol

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Rosemarie with her new husband James R. Meek

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Rosemarie starting over in San Antonio Texas

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Rosemarie as a young girl with her Oma Anna and other family

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The family has a new addition Brigitte

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The Meek children

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Popo & Nana Rose visit daughter Linda & Dick, David, JR and Lisa Juvik in Montana

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Meek family visit to Jim’s parents TJ and Faunie Meek in Gonzales Tx

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The one and only picture of Rosemarie and her mother Anna Marie

Biography

Rosemarie Brigitte Biener Meek was born in Breslau, Germany, now Poland, on August 5, 1935 to Anna Marie Biener. Rosemarie never knew her father and was born to a single mother. Rosemarie came close to dying of starvation as an infant in the hospital, because she was considered an orphan and ward of the Bundes Republic. Her Oma, Anna Biener, fought for her release into her custody and won. Her mother had already left to find work in another town. Her mother, Anna Marie ultimately made the decision to leave Rosemarie to be raised by her Oma. In 1941, during World War II, Rosemarie was 6 years old. At that time her mother and her Aunt Hilde were displaced because of the war and were staying with Oma and Rosemarie in Breslau. In 1945 the Russians invaded their town and ultimately their home, atrocities were committed against the women. Rose Marie's family was removed from their home and taken as prisoners of war. All the women, children and elderly left behind in Breslau and surrounding areas were loaded onto containers and taken by train to prison camps throughout Russia. After being imprisoned for several months Rosemarie's mother, Anna Marie, befriended a guard at the prison camp who had lost his wife and child earlier in the war. He chose to help all the Biener women including 6 year old Rosemarie to escape, at the cost of his own life.They crawled through potato fields to avoid being shot, they hid in the forests, they dug for potato peels and food in trash cans, Rosemarie climbed into railway cars carrying coal and would hide pieces in her pockets to make a fire to keep warm, she even climbed a flag pole and took a flag so it could be made into a garment. They survived against incredible odds. Their escape & migration led them to Wiesbaden where they stayed and worked to start their lives over after the war ended. It was later, at the age of 14, Rosemarie suffered another loss in her life. She and Oma helped take care of her dying mother and Rosemarie held her mother's hand as she died of cancer at the age of 31. After her mother's death, Rosemarie continued to live with her Oma until she married. Rosemarie then came to America in 1957, an American Citizen, but after a miscarriage and a failed marriage, she opted to, once again, start over and begin a new life in San Antonio Texas. Rosemarie was always a hard worker. She had a Millinery degree and at that time, sewed curtains, used to cover the windows in airplanes, for different airlines. She had many girlfriends at that time and they remained dear friends throughout her life. Later in the early 1960's, Rosemarie took a job at Christie's Seafood Restaurant located on Broadway and worked as a Hostess. It was there she met a shy, sweet and handsome man named James R. Meek, who frequented the restaurant. They quickly became good friends. He was always a dear friend to Rosemarie and cared about her deeply. He would even bring her food and help her get ready to go out on dates with other men, just so he could spend time with her. Rosemarie decided to move to Albuquerque, sometime thereafter, to live with her one and only relative in the U.S. her Aunt Laney. After writing each other letters, it did not take long for James to realize he did not want to live without Rosemarie in his life. He drove to Albuquerque and asked Rosemarie to come back to San Antonio and marry him. Rosemarie had been told she could not have children. James at the time was divorced with 4 beautiful children; Linda Ilene, Thomas, Debbie and Carol. Rosemarie had always wanted a big family, so she only had one condition in accepting his proposal. He must be willing to adopt a child together. He agreed. James and Rosemarie were married April 17, 1963. They were now one big family of 6 joined together. Rosemarie loved sewing and cooking for her new family as they waited on the Lord to open a door of opportunity for them to adopt a child. That opportunity presented itself in September of 1965. Their prayers had been answered. They received a phone call that a child had been given up for adoption and would be available to adopt within a couple days. They joyfully accepted and shortly thereafter, they brought home their new baby girl, Brigitte. Now they were a family of 7. Rosemarie, known by all her friends as Rosie, lived a full and blessed life, but not without its moments of sadness and there were many. But the thing that made Rosie so Special was how she dealt with the tragedies and sadness in her life. She dealt with it head on and then always "Chose" to move forward with Joy and Thankfulness in her heart no matter the circumstance! Jim and Rosie were married 50 years before the Lord took Jim home to heaven. Rosie was blessed with 5 children she loved, 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild due Jan. 2021 and she absolutely adored each one of them. The Lord had answered all her prayers!! He gave her a Loving husband and a big family. Rosie had so many dear friends over her lifetime, that they would light up the skyline at night, as if they were bright shining stars, there were so many!!!! She truly loved everyone the Lord brought into her life and genuinely considered them all as her family. Her daily joy in life was to make people laugh by telling jokes and lived to always try to brighten everyone’s day around her. This was her Super Power, Joy and Laughter! There certainly were a LOT of reasons to be sad because of all she had been through in her life. But that was NOT Rosie! She always chose JOY and always wanted to share that Joy with others!!! Rosie was truly Blessed and the Light of the Lord shined brightly through her!!! We are the ones who have been Blessed because we were able to love her and experience that Joy through her! Rosie is now "Home"! Thank you Jesus! So now we must move forward honoring Rosie by choosing "Joy" and "Laughter" despite our circumstances!

Proverbs 17:22
A Joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed
spirit dries up the bones.
Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your
Father in heaven.
Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as
you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by
the power of the Holy Spirit.
Nehemiah 8:10
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and
sweet drinks, and send some to those who have
nothing prepared. This day is holy to our LORD. Do not
grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.


Rosie's family would like to extend Special Thanks to:
-Sunset Ridge Church of Christ for ALL their support,
love and prayers over all the years.
-to All of Rosie's extended loving family and sweet
friends for their love and prayers over her lifetime.
-To he caregivers, her roommate Anna Hartmann and
her loving & dedicated attendants, Isabel Moncivais,
Armando Marron and Barbara Baiz and others, for
all of their tireless efforts to faithfully care for Rosie
and for all of their genuine love for Rosie. You each
contributed to the Joy of friendship and laughter in
the last several years of Rosie's life! Thank you for
serving Rosie as if you were serving Jesus our Lord
& Saviour himself!!! You are each Amazing servants
of the Lord and we can never repay you for your love
and kindness!!! Thank you with ALL of our hearts from
Rosie's whole family!!!

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