Rosa Wyke passed away peacefully in the presence of her children on the night of March 24, 2013, Palm Sunday. She was predeceased by her husband Donald E. Wyke in 1994.

Rosa was born Rose Schwarz Dec. 8, 1924, a second daughter, to John and Anne Schwarz in St. Paul, Minn.

Rosa graduated from Washington High School in St. Paul where she enjoyed playing cello and playing leading roles in several school plays. After high school Rosa moved to California and worked as a secretary at Camp Pendleton near Oceanside, Calif. where she met and married Navy pilot Lt. Donald E. Wyke. While in California Rosa gave birth to three daughters. Following an honorable discharge Donald and Rosa continued to reside in Oceanside while Donald ran an ambulance service for his mother’s mortuary businesses. In 1951 Donald and Rosa moved to Laramie, Wyo. where they both attended the University of Wyoming. Donald graduated with a degree in geology. Rosa earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1956 and became a registered nurse. A fourth daughter was born to the couple just before Donald’s work took the family to Latham, N.Y. for a year and then to Gouveneur, N.Y. for a year. In 1958 Donald’s work brought the family to Rockport, where Rosa has lived since. In 1962 a fifth daughter was born.

During the 55 years Rosa has resided in Rockport she participated in the Rockport Garden Club and the Walker Park Committee and a special group of extraordinary ladies known simply as “The Tea Group." She was a longtime member of the Megunticook Golf Club. Rosa practiced nursing at the Camden Hospital, Penobscot Bay Medical Center and Camden Health Care Center. She also did private duty nursing and worked at Margo Moore’s for a number of years. She served as a hospice volunteer and was a communicant of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church.

Rosa is survived by five daughters: Donee Wyke, Michele Cox, Susan Frost, Kimberly Wyke and Rebecca Wyke; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Rosa will be remembered as a dear friend and unwavering support for many, and as a generous and devoted mother and grandmother who had a wonderful sense of humor and the very special gift of knowing how to listen.

For those who wish to honor Rosa’s memory, gifts to her favorite charity would be more than welcome. Contributions in Rosa’s name can be sent to: Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. FoodForThePoor.org.