Rosemarie “Rose” Ann (Sawler) Ham, 67, of Richardson, Texas passed away peacefully on November 8, 2016 with her loving husband, Steve, at her side following a bravely fought illness.
Rose was born on January 24, 1949 in Staten Island, New York to William Sawler and Hannah Sawler Anthony. Even as a teenager and young woman, Rose was responsible and thoughtful. After the death of her Step-Father, Walter Anthony, she helped her Mother run the family business, Narrows Tavern, in Staten Island. She was a graduate of Curtis High School in Staten Island. Rose also graduated from nursing school in New York and, fitting to her kind soul and innate ability to care for others, she flourished as a nurse. Rose was a woman of many interests and talents, including coaching and managing her women’s softball team and being an avid dancer; whose love of dancing led her to have the opportunity to dance in New York City, “way off Broadway”, as she humorously described it. As a devoted Mother and wife, Rose raised her two children with love near many family and friends. Her children recall how she would rub their temples to soothe them when they were upset and how she encouraged her son to overcome physical challenges with his foot and always try new things. True to her nature to create new adventures in her life, she moved to Texas in the early 1990’s to enjoy the warmer climate and shift her career focus to property management of several apartment complexes. It was in Texas that she met her love, Steve; marrying on April 24, 2004 and being completely devoted to each other ever since. Rose and Steve brought immeasurable joy and love to each other’s lives and Rose was a true blessing to Steve’s family as well. Even in the face of illness and adversity, Rose triumphed to maintain a spirit of joy, positivity, laughter, sense of humor, & tenacity. She worked hard to battle the effects of multiple sclerosis and was deeply appreciative of her doctors, nurses, friends, and family that helped her do so. As a wife, Mother, daughter, Grandmother, Aunt, sister, friend, and member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church; Rose loved each of these roles and blended them together gracefully. She was especially proud of being a Grandmother to her grandson, Anthony, who always brought joy to her heart and a smile to her face. As her daughter, Lee, describes, Rose “loved life” and all the experiences she created with it. She loved her family and friends with a ferocious, unreserved devotion and with all of her heart. Rose is already missed by her heartbroken family and friends, but will forever fly as an angel in their hearts and memories.
Rose is survived by her husband, Steve Ham of Richardson, TX; her Mother, Hannah Anthony; her daughter, Lee Spratt; her son, Frank Spratt; her grandson, Anthony Spratt, all of Staten Island, NY; sister Elaine Rodrigues & husband Tito of Zephyr Hills, Fl and sister Connie Delassio & husband Guy of Staten Island, NY. She is also survived by Mother-in-law, JoAnn Ham; sister-in-law Liz Dooley & husband Chris; sister-in-law Allison Birney & husband Nathan, all of Houston, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and friends.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial celebration of Rose’s life on Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 am at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1210 W. Belt Line Rd, Richardson, TX, 75080.
Rose’s family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of prayers, care, sympathy, visits, and love given to Rose and her family by clergy, doctors, nurses, and numerous friends during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rose Ham’s name may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Richardson, or the American Lung Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252