By Reyanna Rice, March 25, 2014
Our dear friend, chief instigator of Concerned Catholics and architect of this web site, Rosemary Tackes, passed away Monday, March 24, in the evening. She will be missed sorely by all. A compact, warm bundle of boundless energy she exemplified the words Concerned Catholic. I first met Rosemary and her husband Jim about ten years ago when she invited my husband and I to a large birthday gathering for a mutual friend at their house. It was the first of many wonderful gatherings to come with what came to be for me a close circle of friends. These large gatherings were an important part of Jim and Rosemary’s life, coming together for various holidays and celebrations of liturgy in their beautiful home, a home filled with the many pieces of art they collected or created themselves. And no matter how big the gathering or how late the hour you were never allowed to help with the dishes!! The hospitality and service they extended to others came from the center of their Jesus filled spirits. They subsequently extended their constant love and support to my husband and me throughout his cancer journey and death. I am deeply grateful to them both. It is just one example of the many times they helped those around them, never considering the cost to themselves. Rosemary’s death came after a four month struggle with a very aggressive cancer but throughout it she “fought the good fight and ran the good race.” And as a close mutual friend said with her passing, she is probably now saying “Free at last. My God, I am free at last.” I am certain that she now enjoys the tender and warm embrace of God whose faithful servant she was. Rest in peace dear Rosemary, rest in peace. Please keep her husband Jim and her daughter Lauri in your prayers as they move through this time of grief.