Rosemary E. Gleitz

June 29, 1946 - November 15, 2018

Rosemary Ellen Gleitz, age 72, of Cape Coral, Florida, met her rest November 15, 2018, after a long, brave battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

Rosemary was born June 29, 1946, to Joseph and Ruth Eschelbach. She was raised in Red Bank, NJ, as the middle child of seven. She attended Red Bank Catholic schools for 12 years and swore to never send any children of her own to Catholic school. Rosemary spent her youth working in her aunt’s diner, ice skating on the frozen Navesink River, playing hide and seek at the local funeral home, loving the smell of ink on her father’s hands when he returned from work as the editor of the Red Bank Register and listening to him work his ham radio. Rosemary was a licensed practical nurse for 40 years and spent her entire career healing and comforting the sick and the dying. She was known to pray the rosary for her patients, and she comforted so many souls in their last moments that her place in Heaven is certainly assured. She met her husband, Paul, on Christmas Day 1962, when he and some friends were looking to borrow a can opener (church key). They fell quickly in love and married in 1968. Rosemary raised her children in Manasquan, NJ, as a loving and caring wife and mother, working night shifts while her husband worked days, to provide the home in which she took so much pride. She was a mother to everyone and her home was always open, as she fed, housed, bandaged or parented anyone in need. Rosemary always knew she would raise boys, and as a mother to two sons she was tireless as the head of the PTO, den mother and Cub Scout pack leader for many years. She and her husband loved to travel and camp, taking their sons all over the country to visit national parks and roadside attractions. There was the annual trip to Disney World in spring or fall, and the camping trip to Maine in the summer. Music was a part of everything she did, from cleaning house to road trips to church choir. Rosemary loved the outdoors, hiking, fishing, and canoeing all around the country, and she was a hell of a water skier. Always up for an adventure, she once rode the Greyhound bus from Newark, NJ, to Bismarck, ND, to help her older son move home. As in the rest of her life, she absolutely loved the journey.

She is survived by her loving husband, Paul; her son Paul III and his wife Annie; her son Brian Joseph and his partner Athanasia; her grandchildren Emmett and Violet; her sister Joann and her husband James Plumaker; her brother Arthur Eschelbach; her sister Barbara and her husband Robert Reutter; her brother Paul Eschelbach and his husband Michael; her brother Matthew Eschelbach and his wife Jeanine; her brother-in-law Gary Gleitz and his wife Eileen; and her sister-in-law Donna George. She is also survived by dozens of loving nieces and nephews, her extended family and countless friends.

A Celebration of her life and memory will take place in New Jersey in spring 2019.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

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