DEXTER, NY — Rosemary Pattison left us in the early hours on the morning of September 1, 2019.
She was born on March 9, 1951, the daughter of Carl and Marjorie (Rose) Pattison. Rosemary was born and raised in Potsdam, NY.
Rosemary was a sweet woman with an unforgettable smirk and smile. After falling ill at a young age, Rosemary moved to the Craig Development Center in Sonyea, NY. Rosemary then moved to the Sunmount Development Center in Tupper Lake NY and in 1999 moved to the ARC Jefferson- St. Lawrence (formerly known as Jefferson Rehabilitation Center) to a Gaffney Drive residence before moving to her current home in Dexter NY. Rosemary also attended ARC’s Day Treatment and Day Habilitation programs on Gaffney Drive along with this programming provided at her home for many years.
Rosemary could often be found enjoying time with her peers, support staff and friends. She enjoyed listening and dancing to any music that was playing along with interacting with any of her sensory items. In her younger days, Rosemary always enjoyed going out for dinner with her peers, along with a good cup of coffee or an ice cream cone. Rosemary always enjoyed taking part in a spa day to include getting her hair and nails done, along with going out shopping for a new outfit or two. Anytime that there were jokes or mischief happening, Rosemary was sure to be laughing, giggling and giving her smirky smile to any naughty behavior that resulted from this.
Rosemary is survived by her nephew Samuel Pattison of Staten Island NY and her niece Donna Matthews of Bonita Springs, FL both who served as guardians for her. Rosemary also leaves behind many support staff who have provided care to her over the years at the ARC Jefferson- St. Lawrence, along with her housemates, some that she has lived with since moving in.
Her parents, Carl and Marjorie Pattison, her brothers Donald Pattison, Russel Pattison and Norman Pattison along with aunts and uncles predeceased her.
Services for Rosemary will be held 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, 135 Keyes Ave., Watertown, NY. Calling hours will be 3 to 4 p.m. with services starting at 4 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of her family taking place in Delaware County, NY, for her to be reunited with her parents.