Rosemary Wurtz, 86, Batesville, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Manderley Health Care Center, Osgood.
Born June 2, 1926, in Morris, she was the daughter of Rose (Schneider) and Thomas Merkel. She married Malcom Wurtz Oct. 4, 1947, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Morris.
She owned and operated her own beauty shop as well as working 30 years in housekeeping for Hillenbrand Industries.
Faith was important to Rosemary. In addition to Sundays, she attended services most weekdays, too. Her family teased that if the church bells rang, Mom was there. She also donated countless hours helping with festivals, events and church programs.
Her family fondly remembers her delicious fried chicken, cream pies and bread. Saturday was baking day and the whole house would be filled with the aroma of yeast and fresh baked bread.
Each year she raised a large garden and canned what she grew. Along with her garden, she also raised flowers and took great pride in her flower beds around the yard.
Rosemary was a hard worker. In addition to running a beauty shop out of her home, she worked at Hillenbrand’s until she was 70, but continued doing hair for 10 more years before retiring in 2006. In her free time, Rosemary played 500 with a group of friends in a card club for years, liked playing the dice game bunco, was a Reds fan and watched boys basketball. What she enjoyed most was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Back and Jane Wood, Hamilton, Ohio, Connie Napier, Greensburg, and Renee Simon, Napoleon; son Tim Wurtz, Batesville; brothers Thomas Merkel, Oldenburg, and Leo Merkel, Morris; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Martha Gehring and Theresa Forthofer and brother Sylvester “Butch” Merkel.
Visitation was Monday, April 8, at Weigel Funeral Home.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at St. Anthony’s Church with the Rev. Pascal Nduka officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family requests memorials to the Morris Volunteer Fire Department or St. Maurice Church Building Fund, Napoleon.