Rosemary Ann Ryckman Stenmark, 79, died on November 7, 2023 at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, Florida, after a long battle with multiple illnesses.
Rosemary was born on November 15, 1943, in Joliet, Illinois to Irja Jaakkola Ryckman and Kenneth Ryckman, Sr. She was raised in Waukegan, Illinois and graduated from Holy Child Catholic School in 1961. Rosemary attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, married her husband, David E. Stenmark and had their first child, Mark . They later moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and had their second child, Monica. Their third child, Marcie, was born while they lived in Columbia, South Carolina, where Rosemary attended nursing school at the University of South Carolina; she became certified as a registered nurse in 1977. That same year, they moved to Land O’Lakes, Florida, where she worked for the Pasco County School Board as a school nurse for 25 years. Rosemary volunteered with the Land O’Lakes Lions Club to provide eye care and glasses to children in need. In the summers, she worked as a nurse in home health care and senior housing facilities. Rosemary lived for several years in Tampa and retired in 2005 to move to Tallahassee.
Rosemary is survived by her sister; Jane Ann Ryckman Shorman (Dale) of Waukegan, IL; Her children; Mark, Stenmark (Cathie) of Charlotte, NC, Monica Culliton (Sean) of Tallahassee, and Marcie Stenmark (Charles Nichols) of Tampa; and her grandchildren; Matthew and Megan Stenmark, Cameron, Kagan, and Ramsey Culliton, and Erin Schafer (Mike); and many extended family and friends. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, siblings; Ken, Daniel, and Jean and her former husband Dr. David E. Stenmark.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rosemary’s name may be made to the Lutz-Land O’Lakes Lions Club Foundation Inc., 811 Sandalwood Dr., Plant City, FL. 33563.
No formal services are planned.