Rosemarie passed away peacefully, with loving family by her side, on Monday, October 12, 2020, in her home at Greenridge Estates in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She passed less than two hours after receiving the Annointing of the Sick from Father John of Our Lady of the Lakes church. Jilene Modlin interpreted and held her hands so Rosemarie could sign the prayers on her way to her heavenly home.
Rosemarie was survived by two daughters, Mary Prince of Lake Oswego, and Lea Prince Custer of Atlanta, Georgia, and son-in-law, Raymond Custer. Survivors include grandchildren Michael DeVine (Susan), Jennifer DeVine, Christopher Custer (Amy), Corey Custer (Linda); and eight great-grandchildren, Emma, Lily, Violet, Ellie, Alex, Corey, Ethan, and Ava.
Rosemarie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, with seven beloved brothers and sisters (four of whom predeceased her--Jerome, Robert, Phyllis and Joanne) Roger, Alan (Barbara) and Burnell (Cora). She met her life partner and soulmate, Joseph Clyde Prince, at the Detroit Day School for the Deaf at age four. Both Clyde and Rosemarie lost their hearing as young children due to spinal meningitis. Their mothers and good friends, Leah Prince and Hectorine Roy, encouraged their relationship as childhood sweethearts. Clyde and Rosemarie married on February 7, 1948, and remained devoted to each other until Clyde's death on April 28, 2007.
Rosemarie had an infectious smile and loved to laugh and have fun. She enjoyed her last four years at Greenridge Estates and loved jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, bingo, and other games that gave her joy and camaraderie. She was popular among Greenridge residents and taught sign language.
She will be remembered for her charm and zesty sense of humor. It was her fierce love of family and eternal optimism that enabled her to live for over ninety-three years. Although she will be sorely missed, family and many friends are grateful to have enjoyed her beautiful presence for so long.
A virtual funeral Mass/memorial service, with limited in-person attendance, will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic church on November 30, 2020, at 10:30 AM PT.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to LMSDR, a support and research fund for leiomyosarcoma. Rosemarie's daughter, Lea, is currently receiving treatment for this rare cancer. https://lmsdr.org/rosemarie-prince-tribute-fund/
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