She was born July 10, 1927 in St. Joseph, MO, daughter of Draga and Phillip Zuptich. She attended St. James Catholic grade school and then graduated from Benton High School. She retired from Quaker oats after many years of service. She enjoyed sewing, working in the yard, and spending time with her family at the Sunday dinners. She was a member of the Quaker ladies club and St. James Catholic Church.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Sparks Sr., a son, James Sparks Jr., two brothers, Phillip Zuptich, Charles Zuptich and wife Margaret, three sisters, Ann Jurkiewicz and husband Bill, Katy Pitts and husband Bob, and Dorothy Hensley and husband Charlie, son in law Gary Stehle, and grandson Gary Michael Stehle.
Survivors include two daughters, Valerie Stehle Andrea Boeh and husband John both of Saint Joseph, MO, grandson, Mike Stehle, four granddaughters, Lauren Kelly and husband Jake and their daughter Lily, Roselee Todd and husband Matt, Bethanee Hamilton and husband Matt, and Monica Boeh and a sister in law, Mildred Zuptich.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 29, 2011, at 11:00 AM at the St. James Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday and the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the St. James Church or School.
Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.