Rosemary Wesolik

Rosemary Wesolik
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Rosemary Bertha Wesolik, nee Emge, was born November 29, 1934 in New Athens, IL where she was a lifelong resident, and died on her 84th birthday, November 29, 2018 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Rosemary lived a life of extensive service to her church and community. She was the Site Manager of the New Athens Senior Citizens Center, where she coordinated Senior activities and the Meals on Wheels program for New Athens Township.  Rosemary then served as a Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director before her retirement. From 1984 to 2016, Rosemary served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic fraternal organization now known as Catholic Holy Family Society (CHFS).   Rosemary and her husband Jim contributed their time and talents, along with their CHFS colleagues, to various Habitat for Humanity projects for over 20 years.Rosemary was a parishioner of St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens where she was a Eucharistic Minister and lector. Rosemary was a member of the St. Agatha Council of Catholic Women.  During the 2012 Diocese of Belleville 125th anniversary celebration, she received the Jubilee’s Distinguished Service Award. Rosemary also served as treasurer and St. Agatha’s representative for CESNA, an ecumenical service group in New Athens that extended assistance to community members in need and volunteered at the CESNA Thrift store.  Rosemary was an avid reader and patron of the New Athens Public Library.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, James (Jim) Wesolik whom she married on October 15, 1955, and who died on February 20, 2018; and her parents Alvis and Angela, nee Wicklein, Emge.


Surviving are a son, Clinton (Mary) Wesolik of Barrington, IL;
three daughters, Carol Wesolik (George Umezinwa) of Columbus, OH, Connie (Mike Trello of Augusta, GA, and Clare (John) Connolly of Mount Prospect, IL;
seven grandchildren, Kathryn (Christopher) Valicka, Anna Wesolik, Stephen and Sarah Trello, and Dominic, Grace and Madeline Connolly;
three great-grandchildren, Nora, John and Otto Valicka;
two sisters, Frances Hage nee Emge (Ken), Ruth Emge and one brother Louis Emge (Kate);
a brother-in-law, Rev. Larry (Faith) Wesolik;
three sisters-in-law Joan Farnworth, Sandra Thurmond, and Phyllis A. Wesolik;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Agatha Catholic Church or to Habitat for Humanity.   Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, December 6, 2018 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2018 at St. Agatha Catholic Church. New Athens, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2018 at St. Agatha Catholic Church, New Athens, IL with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating.

Burial will be at St. Agatha Cemetery, New Athens, IL.


10 Comments on Rosemary Wesolik

Alice Ohms said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2018 at 3:16 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Have known Rosemary through her Evansville connection and continued with our CHFS connections. She will be greatly missed as well as Jim.

  • Evansville
  • Illinois
Shelley Fizer said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2018 at 3:54 PM

I was so sad to hear of Rosemary's passing. She was so kind and I admired her faith immensely. I'm grateful to have known her. Peace be with you, Mrs. Wesolik.

  • New Athens
  • Illinois
Pearl G Spies said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2018 at 11:42 PM

My sympathy to Rosemary's family on her passing She was always so kind in visiting my parents often while they were at the New Athens Home. Often bringing her grandchildren which was such a treat for Mom and Dad. Blessings to all..

  • Swansea
  • IL
Sara Christ said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2018 at 5:01 PM

Rosemary and I traveled years ago to Guatemala together. She has always been a loving and smiling lady. My parents new her as well through Catholic Fraternal Life. Please accept our condolences.

  • Columbia
  • Missouri
June Benedick said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2018 at 2:08 AM

My parents, Doris and Otto Grab were friends with Rosemary and her husband. I always enjoyed seeing Rosemary. She always had a smile. My sympathy to the family.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Kim Hampton said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2018 at 12:10 AM

Sorry to hear of Rosemary's passing. She was such a nice lady, rest peacefully Rosemary.

  • New Athens
  • IL
Kim Hampton said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2018 at 12:09 AM

Sorry to hear of Rosemary's passing. Such a nice lady, rest peacefully Rosemary.

  • New Athens
  • IL
Al Heiligenstein said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2018 at 8:44 PM

Met Rosemary while attending Freeburg H.S, and visited New Athens quite often...She was a fine young lady...Rest in peace.

  • Wentville
  • Mo
Pamela Sinn Hargan said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2018 at 6:36 PM

I am so very sorry to learn o Rosemary's death! She has been such a good friend for my Mom the past several months. She will be so missed by her church family, all her friends and family. May her family find peace in their memories. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  • Springfield
  • IL
David and Peggy Neff said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2018 at 4:45 PM

We will very much miss Rosemary. She was a great inspiration for many folks both in New Athens and far away. On angles wings now.

  • Albuquerque
  • NM

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