Rosemary Ann Rupp

Born: Fri., Apr. 26, 1929
Died: Sun., Feb. 13, 2011

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Rosemary Ann Rupp - a longtime Pendleton resident died unexpectedly at her home Sunday, February 13th, 2011. She was 81 years old. No services will be held at this time. Contributions in memory of Rosemary Rupp may be made to Pendleton Friends of the Library or to the Oregon East Symphony, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Read the full obituary and sign the guestbook at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Rosemary was born April 26, 1929 in Minneapolis, MN, to William and Rosella Bracken. She was raised primarily by her older sisters Jean and Lorraine, following the death of their mother. She was nicknamed "Honey" and was known for her Shirley Temple curls. Always spirited, Rosemary and her childhood friend "Sty" attempted to join the U.S. Marines at age thirteen. She retained her enthusiasm for identification of WWII war planes - she especially loved the P-38. While working as a mail girl at Butler Brothers in Minneapolis, she met Virgil Rupp, who worked as a freight handler. They married March 28, 1953, following Virgil's return from Korea. The Rupp's daughter, Linda, was born in San Francisco, CA, in 1954. Their son, Eric was born in Bend, OR, in March 1957. The family moved to Pendleton in 1963 when Virgil was hired at the East Oregonian. Rosemary worked at: the Blue Mountain College bookstore, at Lincoln Elementary School where she was known to the students both as "Sarge" and as "Mrs. Lovely", the Coast to Coast store, Pendleton High School and Armchair Books. A talented craftsperson, she was known for her exquisite "Woodchuck Studios" wooden kitchen tools and leather covered stuffed animals, which sold at craft fairs and stores around the country. She held strong opinions concerning the use of her wooden spoons as a discipline tool - "well, I won't sell it to you if you're going to use it for that!" she would tell customers. She loved baseball and cheered for the Minnesota Twins and the Seattle Mariners. Rosemary is survived by her son Eric Rupp and his wife Donna Krueger of Spokane, WA, two granddaughters: Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle of Portland, OR, and Molly Krueger Rupp of Spokane, WA, great-grandson Wesley Virgil Bishop of Portland, OR, nieces: Shelley Goodall of Eden Prairie, MN, Michaelyn Romstad of Clarissa, MN, and Mary Joyce Bracken of Edina, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil, her daughter Linda Rupp, her brother Bill Bracken, and her sisters Lorraine Malkerson and Jean Anderson.

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Tom and Cheryl Tucker
   Posted Wed February 16, 2011
So sorry to see that your mom passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Write or call if you get down this way.

Phil & Fran Mortier
   Posted Thu February 17, 2011
So sorry to hear about your Mom. We would run in to her at the PO. She was so supportive of Phil & Gus at craft fairs in the 70's. She will be missed, she was so sweet. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

patty s daly
   Posted Thu February 17, 2011
Rosemary no doubt is catching Virgil up on things - They were a great pair! Prayers to all.

Arne L. Swanson
   Posted Fri February 18, 2011
Eric, So sorry for your loss. I have the fondest memories of all your family and wish to extend my heartfelt sympathies. Take care my friend. Arne

Matthew C. Erwin
   Posted Fri February 18, 2011
Dear Eggie: Thank you for sharing your family with me. You and the Girls are in our prayers. I am glad that Rosemary is reunited with Virgil and Linda. Gods peace to you. Matt Erwin

Mary Franzen Costello
   Posted Thu September 08, 2011
My mom told me about Rosemary. Her mother was William Bracken Sr.'s sister. Ruth Bracken. I just ran across the notes and googled. So sad to see I was too late to make connection with her. She looks like my Mom and Aunts. I live in Omaha NE, and our oldest son is named William Bracken. We have 1 picture of the original WB. So handsome.

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