Rosemary Bradfield

July 26, 1927 ‒ December 21, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

Born July 26, 1927 in the same homestead farmhouse as her Mom, in Charlestown, Ohio, Rosemary was the fourth of six children given by God to Sam and Gladys (Phile) Wheaton.  Rosemary (92) grew up in the era of no running water (only a pump at the kitchen sink), coal heat and an outhouse (yes, even in winter!).  She helped plow the field with a team of horses, plant a huge garden which fed the family all year, gather eggs from the chicken coop and bake in an old, iron cook stove heated by the steam from burning coal or wood. Imagine baking bread or cookies and cooking dinner with no temperature gauge!  Plus, she had to ‘prime’ the pump to get water and then heat it to wash dishes or take a bath!  She read by the one second floor light at the top of the stairs.

Rosemary met her future husband when their two small, country churches combined for youth group activities.  She even cheered against his rival team that was 5 miles down the road.  Graduating in 1945, Rosemary worked at the Bell Telephone Company in Akron before marrying Charles W. Bradfield on September 26, 1948 after he came home from serving our country in the Navy during WW II.  They were married 68½ years before he passed away April 12, 2017.

Rosemary enjoyed knitting for her loved ones.  She made her daughters’ scarves, mittens and slippers and even knitted some socks for her beloved husband.  She was most gifted at flower arranging and cake decorating and enjoyed music (hymns, The Lawrence Welk Show, and her daughters’ and grandchildren’s piano recitals, marching band and concerts).  She loved taking a ‘cup of friendship’ (flowers) to and calling on shut-ins, new neighbors or those in the hospital.  Her true nature was always caring for others, be it in Charlestown, Parma, Lexington or Columbus.  She spent her life showing her love for others in so many ways ~ always thinking of others before herself and surrounding her family with love every day!

She was very generous, kind and always had a smile to share.  Rosemary had the gift of hospitality and loved to entertain, house youth on choir tours, a foreign exchange student, or friends needing to be close to a loved one in the hospital.  Hosting wonderful family dinners is always remembered by nieces and nephews because their aunt served them with good china and crystal goblets.  She made the best cinnamon rolls on earth as well as her light, fluffy cheesecake.  Each summer (when they lived in Columbus) she would have the grandchildren visit and stay a week, taking them to Bible School and teaching them about Jesus.

As a young mother, Rosemary taught Sunday School and was Sunday School Superintendent, served on various church committees, was a Stephen’s Minister, volunteered, was involved in the Emmaus Community, was a member of Susanna Circle and the United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church.  She retired from Mansfield City Schools in 1978 after working with the elementary orthopedically handicapped students for years while providing a warm, loving, Christian home for her family.

Rosemary and Chuck enjoyed camping (in cabins) at each State Park in Ohio every fall with dear friends from church called ‘The Six Couples’.  When each couple had reached the milestone of being married 50 years and they went out to dinner, the waitress was told that she was serving over 300 years of marriage (a coveted goal not seen much anymore).

Wishing that the last 21 years had not been lost to Alzheimer’s, Rosemary’s family knows that she is whole again and at peace in Heaven with the love of her life once again.  She leaves a legacy of her love and faith ~ and as much as she filled lives with so many positive qualities, memories and grace ~ her passing has left a void that only proves just how much the outreached, selfless affection of a single person can bless so many others.  By all that knew her, she will always be remembered for her unwavering kindness.

Rosemary is survived by her two daughters and their families: daughter Debbie (Dave) Roberts of Lexington along with their children: Tiffany (Jason) Miller and great-granddaughter Emma Rose Miller of Hayesville and Seth (Melissa) Roberts and great grandsons Myles David, Crosby Bauer and Pryce Charles Roberts of Strongsville. Daughter Pegge (Dave) Lewis of Olathe, Kansas and their four sons: Geoffrey of Olathe, Josh (MJ) and twin great-granddaughters Bella and Izzie of China, Cory (Alyson) and great grandsons Eli and Kaleb of Olathe and Nate Lewis of Kansas City. Many nieces, nephews, friends, and a niece she considered a ‘sister’ (Peggy Wheaton) are also left to cherish her memory.

When Rosemary passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019, greeting her in Heaven with Jesus were her husband Charles, her parents, daughter Pamela Sue (stillborn), son Todd William (lived 1 day), a great-granddaughter Hattie Mae Miller, as well as all her siblings:  Gerald Earnest Wheaton (killed in the Battle of the Bulge), Hilda I. Hyatt, Helen M. Burke, Wendell Wayne Wheaton and Samuel R. Wheaton.

Rosemary’s family extends heartfelt thanks to Hospice of North Central Ohio and her loving caregivers. Your generosity and kindness was mostly hidden from others, but the Lord will bless you openly for all that you did.

Friends may call Saturday, December 28, 2019 at The First United Methodist Church on the Square, 12 North Diamond Street, Mansfield with calling hours from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Rosemary’s funeral service will be at 12 noon conducted by her son-in-love Celebrant Dave Roberts.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly prefers memorial contributions to Love Like Home, LLC, Hospice of North Central Ohio or the Alzheimer’s Association and may be made at the church on the day of the service.

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  • Debbie and Dave, so sorry to hear of your loss..know the heartache of Alzheimer’s..lived 15 years with it! Can see where your faith has come from..all is whole again..cherish the memories..Dixie and Bob Earnest

  • So sorry to hear this, Debbie…but, happy your mother is whole once again and reunited with your father and all the others that preceded her, once again. Your mother’s life was a life well lived and is reflected in you and your family. May you and all those who loved her, find peace.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Both your Mom and Dad were great neighbors to us. She always had a smile on her face and just loved the color of the leaves on our sunset maple tree in the fall. She and Chuck are whole once again.

  • To Debbie and Peggy and your families: Your mother was such a delightful person and her smile and friendliness always, will not be forgotten. God Bless you as you grieve this loss, knowing full well that she’s missing you and will be the first to greet all those coming after her, –

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many great memories of your Mom & Dad. Thinking of you all at this time. Linda Ruhl Jones

  • Dear Dave and Deb and family,
    Tom’s mother passed on Dec. 21 also and I remember what it was like at that time of the year. She’s spending Christmas with Jesus this year:
    I see the countless Christmas trees,
    Around the world below.
    With tiny lights, like heaven’s stars,
    Reflecting in the snow.
    The sign is so spectacular,
    Please wipe away that tear
    For, I’m spending Christmas
    With Jesus Christ this year.
    I hear the many Christmas songs,
    That people hold so dear.
    But the sounds of music can’t compare,
    With the Christmas choir up here.
    For I have no words to tell you,
    The joy their voices bring
    For it is beyond description,
    To hear the angels sing.
    I can’t tell you of the splendor,
    Or the peace here in this place.
    Can you just imagine Christmas,
    With our Savior, face to face?
    I’ll ask Him to light your spirit,
    As I tell Him of your love,
    So then pray one for another,
    As I lift your eyes above.
    Please let your hearts be joyful,
    And let your spirit sing.
    For I’m Spending Christmas in Heaven,
    And I’m walking with the King.
    Wanda Bencke

  • Rosemary and Chuck were cherished neighbors for many years. I’m thinking
    of the poem “My First Christmas in Heaven”….
    “So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear.
    Remember I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.”
    Love and prayers to all the family,
    Caroline Ruth

  • Deb, Dave, Seth, Tiffany, Peggy and all your family please know we are praying for God’s comfort and peace to be with you. Your mom/grandmother sounds like such a wonderful, lovely soul. So very glad that she is now pain free and with her loving husband, beautiful Hattie and other loving family. What a fabulous reunion they are having!
    May God Bless all of you and send you healing through this time of loss.
    Randy and Cindy Heidlebaugh

  • Sending our sincere condolences to you and your family, Debbie. It’s never east to part with Mom but to know she is whole and at peace once again is of great comfort. I hope the love and support of family and friends will help you through this time of loss. Love, Bob and Sandy Anschutz

  • What a beautiful tribute these words are to your beloved Mom. Sending my deepest sympathies to you and Dave and Pegge and your families.

  • Dear Debbie and a Dave,

    Your mom must have been amazing. What a great life she lived. To have your mom as long as you have was a blessing. We know where she is and you will see her again.

    Much love friends, Sue

  • Dear Deb and family,
    I remember working with your dear mother at Ranchwood and what a wonderful person she was. Rosemary was so much fun and so caring to all the children in her care. I cannot ever remember seeing her without her beautiful smile. I am so sorry for your loss.
    With sympathy,
    Jill Wittkopf

  • Dear Dave, Debbie & family, My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all, it is so hard to lose a loved one, but your parents are even harder .You were the center of their lives and then when you grew up, they were the center of yours. Just know it will be hard for quite so.e time and remember you will always have those beautiful memories. Love and Hugs, Deb Simmering Borders

  • I am so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. But joyful to know she is with your father in heaven. You and your sister were truly blessed to have such wonderful parents. You could see the love of Jesus shining in their faces.