Rosemary Perkins, 66, of Granite City, passed away at 6:38 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at her home.
She was born May 19, 1948, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Clarence and Florence (Bardsley) Perkins. Rosemary retired after many years of dedicated service from AT&T and previously worked with Western Union, both in St. Louis as a computer operator. She is an avid bowler and bowled with many leagues throughout the years. She had a special love for the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed keeping up with every game and collected much baseball memorabilia. Rosemary was a 1966 graduate of Granite City High School and played on The Rebels girls’ softball team, which was state champions in 1968. She also played volleyball and helped with the handicapped league in St. Louis. She loved animals and cherished her dogs, Bear, Schwartz and Schultz. She enjoyed crosstitch, making baby quilts, playing poker and her days of camping and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.
She is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law and a brother and sister-in-law, Sharon and Larry Earney of Granite City, Carl and Tammy Perkins of St. James, Mo., and Sarah J. Ahring of Granite City; nieces and nephews, Anthony and Amanda Perkins, Kenneth and Melissa Perkins, Robin (Keel) Peck, Elizabeth and Josh Behrens, Lawrence and Diane Earney and Ackerley A. and Stephen Paul; great-nieces and great-nephews Riley Vanyo, Mason Vanyo, Ty Moore, Grant Huebner, Gavin Huebner, Michael Earney, Christopher Earney, Benjamin Perkins, Evan Perkins, Mariah Perkins and Gage Paul; other extended family and friends. In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Geoffrey S. Ahring; and her longtime friend and companion, Carol Friese.
In celebration of her life, a private family funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Cardinals Care, 700 Clark Street in St. Louis, MO 63102, and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.