Mass of Christian Burial for Rosemary Wilcynski, 89 year old former Buffalo resident who passed away Sunday, at the Franke Tobey Jones Health Care Center in Tacoma, Washington will be celebrated on Saturday, December 15th at 10:00 a.m. from the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Peter Johnson as Celebrant. A vigil service will be held and the Rosary recited on Friday at 7:00 p.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the mass. A reception will be held in the Catholic Rec. Hall following the graveside. Donations in Mrs. Wilcynski’s memory may be made to the Bread of Life Food Pantry or the St. John The Baptist Catholic Church Building Fund in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Rosemary Jeanne Wilcynski was born October 19, 1923, in Mt. Etna, Iowa to Frank and Anna Calkins. She grew up on their farm in Iowa and graduated from Corning High School in 1939. After high school she attended Red Oak Community College where she graduated at the age of 18 with a teaching certification. Rosemary taught for several years and was married on December 22, 1943, to Bill Wilcynski in Corning, Iowa. Bill and Rosemary made their first home in Malvern, Iowa where they owned and operated an International Harvester dealership. In 1948 they moved to Buffalo, Wyoming where she and Bill became involved members of the community and lived for 60 years. In 1955 she joined the staff at Buffalo Grade School as a teacher. In 1961, the State of Wyoming required all teachers to have a four year degree to retain their teaching certificate. Undaunted, Rosemary enrolled in Eastern Montana College of Education (now Montana State University Billings), combined the roles of mom and student, and commuted to Billings, Montana every week to attend classes. She obtained a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1963. Throughout her teaching career, she mentored many student teachers and had a positive impact on the lives of her students and their families. She always loved running into former students and stayed in touch with many of her student teachers. Mr. Wilcynski passed away in September of 2001 and Rosemary continued living in Buffalo until 2008 when she moved to Tacoma, Washington to be close to her children. She became a much loved member of the Franke Tobey Jones community and was adored by staff and other residents until the time of her death.
Seeing a need, Rosemary co-founded the Buffalo Thrift Shop and was a member of Buffalo PTA. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church Altar Society and choir and served on the parish council. She was a member of the Buffalo Golf Course Women's Club and "Holed Out In One" on #4 in 1992. She loved golf, skiing, and travel and was an accomplished seamstress and cook.
More than anything else in life, Rosemary and Bill cherished each other, their family and friends. They were deeply involved in the lives of their children, encouraging and insisting upon their participation in 4-H, school activities, church, Scouts, and academics. There were ski trips, picnics in the Big Horn Mountains, and incomparable family reunions. Rosemary will be remembered by family and friends for her warmth and affection.
Rosemary is survived by two daughters, Kay Keating of Fircrest, Washington and Mary Wilcynski and her husband Ralph Plagman of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two sons John Wilcynski and his wife Jan of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Joe Wilcynski and his wife Sheilah of Bainbridge Island, Washington; sixteen precious grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was a very special aunt to her many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a total of 10 brothers and sisters.