Rosemary Linseman

Rosemary Margaret Linseman

1962 - 2023

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Obituary of Rosemary Margaret Linseman

It is with great love and sadness that we announce the passing of Rosemary Margaret Linseman, a loving daughter, sister, mother, and great friend to many.  Rosemary passed away on Monday June 5th at Hospice Wellington in Guelph with her mother by her side, at the age of 61 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.


Cherished daughter of Edith Linseman (nee McMahon) and the late Earl Linseman (2003).  Predeceased by her daughter Meryl Linseman Cahill (2015), sister Angela (1982) and sister Mary (1953).  Dear sister of Pat (Michele Speck), Glenn, Therese, Catherine Burke (John), Michael (Wendy), Paul (Sandy), Frances (Jeff Sherbourne), Peter (Pamela Hurrell) and David, plus 18 nieces/nephews and 7 great-nieces/nephews.


Rosemary was a very gentle soul, a loving genuine person with a warm and easy manner.  Her smile and softness about her drew people in and she made friends easily.  She consciously made choices for growth, harmony and joy, maintaining a holistic approach to life.  She was a very unpretentious person who was generous with her time; a strong individual that dealt with not only her illness, but personal tragedy. Rosemary believed in community connections and the sharing of strengths, and enjoyed family gatherings and the special bonds with her many friends.  She was a creative artist on many levels being a life-long naturalist, an avid gardener, a great cook/baker, seamstress, spiritualist, writer of poems, author of books, furious reader/note-taker, and painter to name a few.  She was an advocate of self-expression and loved to sing, dance and laugh.


Rosemary attended University of Guelph in general studies, George Brown College in fashion, Ryerson University for business courses, Conestoga College for photography, and Waterloo County Board of Education for dressmaking.  As a continuous self-learner, she was a home-based educator for her daughter certified by the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents, and also studied and practiced Reiki and Reflexology.  She previously worked at the Stratford Festival as a seamstress/dressmaker of costumes for the actors, held various fashion retail positions, and with her love of children was a nanny and child caregiver to many families with glowing recommendations for her knowledge and compassionate care.


To honour Rosemary’s wishes, cremation has taken place on Friday June 9th with a private family service.  


Special thanks to her many doctors and staff at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre as well as the guidance of her naturopathic doctors.


In memory of Rosemary, donations can be made to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, Family and Children’s Service of the Waterloo Region, or to the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth, all which can be arranged at