Rosemarie Van Nostrand
Rosemarie Van Nostrand, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on March 2, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 77.
Born August 20, 1943, in Gloversville to Frank and Louise (Groshans) Lawrence. Rosemarie is a graduate of Gloversville High School, class of 1962. She met her future husband and soulmate, James, at age 16, and she married him on June 30, 1962. She travelled with James during his duty with the Air Force, before returning to the area and spending close to 20 years working for the Northville Central School, where she loved being around kids.
Her family was everything to Rosemarie. Her passion was spending the day with her children and grandchildren sharing her love of cooking with them, preparing all sorts of wonderful recipes. She was an expert in the use of ingredients and is remembered for her assurance that recipes were only estimates. She had countless cookbooks and subscribed to many cooking journals. Her favorite dishes included blueberry platz cake and homemade spaghetti sauce. She also enjoyed canning jellies and jams, zucchini relish and chili sauce (everybody wanted jars of that). James reminisced that “there isn’t a pizza place in the area that could match her homemade pizza.”
Rosemarie put her cooking talents on display almost every week when her “card playing crew” came over. She loved preparing snacks and meals for her friends, as well as playing a number of card games including Rummy, Pitch, and some Poker games. Her card playing days were fun ones, bringing lots of laughter and joy into the house.
What Rosemarie enjoyed best was spending as much time as possible with James. She and he danced from the time they met until a few years ago. They met many good friends over the years while on the dance floor. Rosemarie also enjoyed all the traveling she did with James. Some of her fondest memories include their many day and weekend trips, and their trip to Alaska. She would often proudly share that she and James never had an argument in the over 60 years they knew each other.
Rosemarie was predeceased by her father, Frank; and mother, Louise; her sister, Deborah Putman; and her son, Clinton, who died at birth in 1965. She is survived by her husband, James; her daughter, Wanda (Jim Edwards) Carter; daughter, Priscilla (Wayne) Ahrens; and son, Donald (Peggy-Sue) Van Nostrand. Additionally Rosemarie is survived by six grandsons, Joshua (Kerri Sanders) Carter, Ryan (Courtney) Tabor, Justin (Anna) Carter, Zachary (Emily Baldwin) Tabor, Jordan Carter, and Adam Tabor; and two granddaughters, Aryanna and Morgan Van Nostrand; along with four great-grandchildren (with another on the way).
A graveside service at King Cemetery in Northampton, followed by a celebration of her life will occur at a date to be determined in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.