ForeverMissed

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July 28, 2022
July 28, 2022
Yearly reminders brings back so many good memories of you with my grandkids and your wonderful son. Miss you both and knowing you are in a better place is so comforting.
July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021
I got the reminder of your passing today and I told the kiddos and they said "Oh how sad she passed on your birthday. " Its sad you passed but I enjoy thinking of you and Grandpa and Mom and Rick today. So many good memories. I love you Grandma. Hugs.
July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021
Remembering you and your son, missing you both. I'm sure you are enjoying each other's company. The world is a better place because of both of you!
August 10, 2019
August 10, 2019
Dear Sweet Rosemary, So hard to believer it has been 6 years since the Good Lord took you home. Even harder to believe He took Rick too. Now Stormy????? I can only imagine all three of you totally free of any pain or sorrow. Our loss, we miss you so much, but know you are all in better place. Your footprints have touched so many lives to make them better.
August 9, 2019
August 9, 2019
Dear sweet Rosemary, I know it’s Heaven having Rick up there. Now, my precious Stormy will be hanging with her favorite people. Please tell her I love and Miss her terribly but happy she has been released from her torment. 
I do love you all so much. 
July 28, 2017
July 28, 2017
You left the world a better place as did Rick.My grandkids still talk about you both, Look forward to seeing you both when God calls.
April 18, 2017
April 18, 2017
Went with family to Six Mile Cypress Slough. Great memories of walking there with you. Thinking of you as I looked out over the lake. Miss having you as a guide. Learned so much from you.
July 28, 2016
July 28, 2016
Hello sweet Rosemary.... please give RICKER our love. You guys behave up there....
April 20, 2015
April 20, 2015
The most beautiful time of the year is here. In loving the wildflowers I'm remembering you in a special way.
April 19, 2015
April 19, 2015
My granddaughter still remembers her visits with you. In fact, she named a cat and a fish after you :-) thank you for that influence you had on her
April 18, 2015
April 18, 2015
Baking your brownie recipe now to take to the memorial tomorrow. Good friends will be gathered to remember you. Missing you.
July 29, 2014
July 29, 2014
Think of you often and wish I could have one of our wonderful conversations again. Enjoy all the reading you provided and share with the grands.
April 17, 2014
April 17, 2014
Hi Grandma
Its almost your birthday and I miss you!
Take care of Mom and Grandpa.
Love you always.
Jenny
February 5, 2014
February 5, 2014
I met Rosemary in the summer of 71 at the UW Arboretum and worked with her until her retirement 9 years later. She was an amazing bundle of energy, enthusiasm and drive. She provided me with opportunities to teach, meet interesting people, and learn the craft of managing natural areas. She planted the first prairie in the Dane County park System in the summer of 73 from seeds collected by her girl scouts and cleaned in her living room with Walt's help. Ten years ago we planted a plain dark colored glacial boulder in front of that acre of prairie with a plaque dedicating it to Rosemary Fleming. The most inspiring teacher ever.

Thanks Rosemary
September 4, 2013
September 4, 2013
I am not sure how to leave a tribute to a woman who influenced my life in so many ways. By recognizing a love of nature in me and providing a role model when there were so few women to do so, "Kim" (camp name) shaped my educational and career goals. She continued to be a lifelong friend and inspiration to me and I will miss her sparkling presence and intense love of life always.
August 23, 2013
August 23, 2013
I cherish my time spent with Rosemary through the Coccoloba Chapter of the FNPS. I am honored to have known her.
Rosemary: Symbol of Remembrance, Friendship & Love.
August 22, 2013
August 22, 2013
What a gracious lady! As a novice Master Gardener in 2002, I was awed by her knowledge of "things natural" and love of same. Little did I know she was 82 yrs. old at the time and still going strong. I truly appreciate her strength of character and willingness to share. Thank you, Rosemary
August 18, 2013
August 18, 2013
I was very saddened to hear of Rosemary's passing, she was truly an inspiration. She taught us the true meaning of sharing your knowledge. I can honestly say that I have never met a more dedicated, compassionate person. I know her family will miss her, but she left an eternal mark on the world, knowing her has meant a lot to many.
August 13, 2013
August 13, 2013
Rosemary was a wonderful person. I met her through The Coccoloba Chapter of The Native Plant Society. I met her late in her life and I learned from her then but can only imagine if I had known her when she was younger! She had such knowledge to share and was a true nature lover PLUS called it as she saw it!!
August 11, 2013
August 11, 2013
Rick my brother!
I am so sorry for your loss but I know you mom is in a much better place now! I did not have the pleasure of meeting her but I know you and based on that she must have been a wonderful caring woman.
She also must have had the patience of Job! :)
Good news is you will see her again! Love you TP
August 10, 2013
August 10, 2013
Rick,
I didn't have the pleasure of meeting your Mom, but knowing what a wonderful son she raised, she had to have been an inspiration to all who knew her. Our world is a better place because of her.
I love you, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. (Mosquito)
August 10, 2013
August 10, 2013
Dear Rick and family,

My sincerest sympathy in the loss of your loved one, Rosemary. 

She made a deep and positive impact on many and on our precious environment.
August 9, 2013
August 9, 2013
Rosemary, I met you at Girls Camp and learned so much about the natural world and how to teach about that, from you. You were also a wonderful friend and always sharing. I will miss you but I know you are in a good place. My love, Sandy
August 9, 2013
August 9, 2013
Your name is an herb that was part of Christ as were you. Everyone who ever knew you was touched by your love, knowledge &kindness. Your willingness to share your knowledge was unsurpassed. Always there with the answers-no matter what the questions-of course if it were about flora or fauna, then the encyclopedia was recited in the most interesting story ever told! Thank you Rosemary
August 9, 2013
August 9, 2013
I first met Rosemary in 1978 when we were both "Shawnee Raiders" at Camp Black Hawk. We became friends and more than friends. Rosemary was also a teacher and mentor. I learned so much from her and was inspired by her to learn more about the bog and the meadows etc, then to take that information and learn to share it. Her generosity knew no bounds. Dear friend, sadly missed.
August 8, 2013
August 8, 2013
Rosemary was a joy on a nature walk, working in the kitchen with her apron on. or just talking about Florida history with her dear friends. She will be missed.
August 7, 2013
August 7, 2013
This is a continuation: My last memory of Rosemary was when she moved out of her home in Fort Myers Shores...She was lying on the bed--Dr.'s orders---instructing all of her friends that were there packing her up.  The world was a better place because she was in it!
She will make a terrific angel!
August 7, 2013
August 7, 2013
When I came to Fort Myers in 1998, Rosemary was one of the Master Gardeners as well as being in the Coccoloba Chapter of the Native Plant Society with me. She was at that time 78 and could outwork most of us. She had already lost her beloved Walt and joined and volunteered for everything that came up! She was always a very busy lady, so much fun, so friendly, always so willing to help.
August 6, 2013
August 6, 2013
Rosemary was an inspiration to everyone. Her energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Best memory was the year she came to our house for Christmas dinner. She charmed everyone with her master gardener stories. She left a living legacy with everything she planted at Buckingham Presbyterian. She will always be remembered. Our deepest sympathy to all of her family. Chris+Matt
August 6, 2013
August 6, 2013
There are no appropriate words for Rosemary, she loved life and everything in it including her church, Buckingham Presbyterian Church Ft Myers, Fl. And all her friends there. She knew how to look at a tree or bush and could tell you all about it, seeing things no one else could see. The former children at BPC will not forget her either.
August 6, 2013
August 6, 2013
We knew Rosemary from Buckingham Presbyterian Church. Of curse we only knew her in her later years, but from some of the stories she told she must have been an amazing woman in her younger years. Girl Scouts, nature lover, church helper. Rick, you were lucky to have a Mom like her. We all wish we could live as full a life as she did.
August 5, 2013
August 5, 2013
Rick,

I feel very privileged to have been able to meet your mom on a number of occasions, and each time I remember leaving with a sense of amazement at the incredible life that she had led. I knew she was an amazing person because of the mark she left on you- which you then left on me.
August 4, 2013
August 4, 2013
Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family Rick. Although we never had the privilege of knowing you mom, I do know how much of an influence she had on and in your life. 
I have been Blessed by knowing the son she raised and the wonderful lessons in life she passed onto him.
August 4, 2013
August 4, 2013
Rick....I am so blessed to have been a part of this amazing woman's life, and I can only hope that in some small way, I was able to make a difference. I have some very special memories of times spent with her, that will forever hold a special place in my heart.
August 4, 2013
August 4, 2013
Rosemary was a beautiful woman with a quick wit, charming character, and warm nature. If you never had the chance to experience her engaging company you can rest assured that it lives on in all its vivid colors in her son. We think and wonder about God as if looking dimly in a mirror, but she now sees Him face to face. Rick, I love you. Billy
August 4, 2013
August 4, 2013
Rick your mother was a beautiful lady I know you are going to miss her an we want to let you know that if we can do any thing for you or your family please let us know . I come to love you as a brother getting to know how much you do for others an the gentle spirit you have . May God always guard an protect you in all you an I will alway cherish our friendship , we love you .
August 4, 2013
August 4, 2013
ROSEMARY......ONE OF THE BEST LEGACIES YOU LEFT US WAS YOUR SON, RICK. EVERYONE IN OUR FAMILY LOVES HIM. WE FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE HIM HERE IN SAVANNAH. THANK YOU!
August 4, 2013
August 4, 2013
Some of my fav memories . . .trippin through the fields of Gtown together trying to absorb your wealth of knowledge of wild flowers gaining a whole new respect for "weeds"
Sailing with you and Jack. Where there was a will, you always found a way! You left your mark on many. Thank you for mine..RIP sweet lady
August 4, 2013
August 4, 2013
Rosemary, you continued to be a teacher of children, even in you senior years:-) You taught my grandchildren a great lesson in "love".
Thank you for being so lovable! And, I am sure you and my mom are
having a great time together. We miss you!!!
August 4, 2013
August 4, 2013
Mom......... Thank you for the fire you started inside me for the love of nature and the passion to explore the wilderness!! It makes me smile thinking about camping and canoe trips our family did together. I love that you passed on to me the need to help and teach others our passions. You were an AWESOME lady!!! I love and miss you.
August 2, 2013
August 2, 2013
Grandma
You are like many of the trails you blazed; the deeper I go the more I discover about you. I hope this memorial leads me to many more fascinating discoveries. My birthday will now forever be linked to your memory and I am honored, but I also know you will be in every Sandhill Crane I see, every chicadee dee dee I hear. I love you!
August 2, 2013
August 2, 2013
Auntie Rosemary,
Thank-You for being such a major influence in my life. I leaned to resected your straight forwardness with me, whether I liked or in some cases did not like what you had to say, you were generally right (I hated that you know) but boy did I learn. Please hug my daddy for me. I love you both!

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July 28, 2022
July 28, 2022
Yearly reminders brings back so many good memories of you with my grandkids and your wonderful son. Miss you both and knowing you are in a better place is so comforting.
July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021
I got the reminder of your passing today and I told the kiddos and they said "Oh how sad she passed on your birthday. " Its sad you passed but I enjoy thinking of you and Grandpa and Mom and Rick today. So many good memories. I love you Grandma. Hugs.
July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021
Remembering you and your son, missing you both. I'm sure you are enjoying each other's company. The world is a better place because of both of you!
Recent stories

Rosemary and my mom, Joyce Krahn

January 9, 2015

I was not present when this photo was taken but I can tell you that the woman to Rosemary's right is my mom, Joyce Krahn, and the woman on the far left is my Senior Girl Scout leader Faith Rice. I graduated from Madison West High School in 1976 after growing up in Girl Scouting and attending Camp BlackHawk. I attended University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Education. In 1978 I volunteered as an intern under Rosemary. She taught me many things about environmental education, interpretation and teaching. It is one of the  highlights of my undergraduate career. 

My mom began training as a naturalist at the Arboretum while I was in college and worked with Rosemary there as well as at the Madison School Forest. They spent many years at Camp BlackHawk together where my mom help run Women's Week.

I consider Rosemary as one of the top 10 most personally influential people in my life. The pressed and framed Prairie smoke she gave my husband and I as a wedding gift 33 years ago still hangs in my home. Thank you for posting the photos I'm seeing here. They bring back great memories.

always the naturalist

September 4, 2013

during a visit to Rosemary in Feb. 2009, my mom and I went walking with her in her favorite sanctuaries.  She could never stop teaching!  Judy Alderson

From: Debbie (Chipper) Simpkins-Taylor

August 17, 2013
I remember Rosemary as a very giving and caring person.  She was very kind to get Diane involved with the Madison Girl Scout council as somewhat of a deterrent to things happening in her high school. Diane grew and blossomed thanks to Rosemary's influence.  This is how I met Diane at Camp Black Hawk and we became very good friends. When Diane lived in Madison, I remember going over to Rosemary's and Walt's home for meals. She was a very generous woman and will be missed.  

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