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Rosemary “Rosie” Russell

Mar 27, 1940 - Apr 29, 2020


Rosemary Russell, age 80, of Sheboygan, formerly of Harlingen, TX, died on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Azura Memory Care. She was born in Elgin, IL on March 27, 1940, and was the daughter of the late Steve and Dorothy Berna Kaptain.
Rosemary attended local schools in Elgin, IL and graduated in 1958 from Elgin High School. On February 13, 1960 she was united in marriage to Inman “Russ” Russell. He was the love of her life and her best friend.
As an adult she was a bookkeeper, retail women’s clothing saleswoman, dry cleaner and had her own housekeeping business. Rosemary enjoyed dancing, golfing, singing, riding motorcycles, reading and volunteering at charity events. She and Russ loved to cruise and travel, they explored many parts of the world. In addition Rosie was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Her home was always an entertainment destination she loved to cook for friends and family. Because of Rosie’s love of life she had many dedicated friends. Russ and Rosie became beloved members of every place they lived.
Survivors include her husband, Russ, of Sheboygan; her daughter, Vicky (Jeff) Rhodes, of Sheboygan; a grandson, Thomas “TJ” (partner Katie Belitz) Rhodes, of La Crosse; her sister, Pat (Brian) Nemec, of North Carolina; half-sister, Maryann (Mike) Kaptain, of California and a half-brother, Steven (Anjon) Kaptain, of Malaysia. Rosemary is further survived by other relatives and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A private service will be held and online condolences may be expressed at
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may directed to the Alzheimer’s Association at 3313 S. Packerland Dr. Suite E
De Pere, WI 54115 or at
A heartfelt thank you is extended to the staff at Azura Memory Care, Preceptor Hospice Nurses and Valley View Assisted Living in Harlingen, Texas. The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



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Mary Marsich

We met Rosie and Russ on a cruise many years ago. We lived at Wisconsin at the time so for several years we visited back and forth and even took a couple more cruises together plus visiting them in Harlingen. We then lost touch. We retired to Tennessee and my husband passed away a couple of months ago. If this message gets to the family would like to give Russ a virtual hug and tell him how much their friendship meant to us.

Joann and Steve James

We spent many good times with Russ and Rosie in the early years of both of our marriages. Lots of good memories. Missed them when they moved to Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Russ and Vickie.

Toni Houghton

Rosie was a vibrant and kind woman. She will be warmly remembered and sadly missed. Rosie and Russ were dear friends to my parents, Dusty and Carl King. On my visits to Texas, a highlight was going to their home for snackies and laughs. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Mr and Mrs Agustin Calderin

God Bless You

Marilyn & Stewart Pierce

Dear Russ and family, Words seem totally inadequate to truly express our sorrow and sadness on hearing the news that Rossie has left us here all alone, and yet we are sustained by our faith that now this time of pain and suffering has ended for her and that she is now in heaven with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! In His name we pray and beseech His blessings upon her and upon you and your family! With lots of love, Marilyn and Stewart Pierce, Cottonwood Creek, Harlingen, Texas.

Paul and martha lahti

Dear Russ, Paul and I were so sad to read of Rosie’s death in the NW Herald. We had such good times with you and rosie having meals in both of our houses, cleaning the “Reuben dip” out of your pool after a few too many cocktails, playing golf, having a garage sale and having such fun visiting you in Harlingen. Also you are about the only ones we could discuss politics with. We have lost a wonderful friend! You are. In our thoughts along with Vicky, Jeff and TJ. Best wishes and lots of love, Martha and Paul

Joni Radford

I met Mrs Russell and her husband while their stay at Valley View in Harlingen Tx. I’m so sorry for your loss - prayers for her husband and family

Harold Voorhies Gene & Jane

Our thoughts and prayers are with Russ and Rosie's family and many, many friends. Their porch on Maple Ave was always a good place to visit and catch up with friends and neighbors.

LARRY and Cecily Langellier

Dear Russ, Vicky and family, We are so sad hearing of Rosie’s death and we send our sincere condolences to you. We met Rosie and Russ at Cottonwood since I am Linda Wilcox’s sister. Linda and Fred valued their friendship with the Russell’s through many years and experiences. We knew Rosie to be a delightful woman-always welcoming and cheerful. She and Russ were Mr. and Mrs. Hospitality when we visited in Harlingen; we enjoyed our times with them so much. With our heartfelt sympathy, Cecily and Larry Langellier

Bob and Karen Samuels

We met the Russell's in Harlingen Tx. They were neighbors in Cottonwood XXI. Rosie always welcomed us with her beautiful smile. We shared Christmas with them at their home and with friends. When we arrived in the fall, they were our greeters. She also always had treats for Bella when she met us on our walks. We will remember her with love .

Dick & Sandra Smith

Dear Russ. Rosemary will always be in our hearts. " Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe in me also" John 14: 1

Robert & Judy Messer

She was a wonderful friend....Great memories made together.Bob and Judy Messer..Loved and enjoyed her..Love you Russ,take care.....

Robert & Judy Messer

sympathy to family and friends..Beautiful memories we had..Bob and Judy Messer..LU

Ellen F. Kuchinski

Dear Russ, So sorry to hear about Rosie. Stay well, Don and Ellen Kuchinski


So sorry ....... She was great.

P Chapman

Beautiful lady by any measure a wonderful neighbor. We all will miss her.

Dusty King

My sympathy to Rosie's family and her many friends. Having her for a friends was special.

Daniel & Kathleen Sanchez

Rosie was a Rae of sunshine. Bright smile & beautiful lady. We will remember Rosie & Russ welcoming us to Cottonwood. God Bless you & your family.

John & Toni Risalvato

Rosie was a really sweet person. Sorry to hear of her death. RIP Rosie.

Alison Weldon / Jim Booton

Russ, Vicki... so sorry....❣️❣️ Condolences to you and your are in our thoughts and prayers.... Alison and Jim

Cathy D Walls

Rosie's was always one of the Cottonwood residents who made newcomers feel like one of the family. She was always smiling and upbeat. Heaven gained a beautiful angel.

Terry & Elaine Wray

Our condolences go to you Russ and family. You have such beautiful memories.

Doyle Clark

My deepest condolences to the family, I feel very blessed to have shared space and time in Cottonwood with such a fine lady. It was pleasure to call Rosie neighbor, friend and committee member for counting election ballots too. May God bless Rosie’s soul and provide peace to the her family and her friends.

Lance and Mary jo Rickaway

Rosie was a good neighbor and a great addition to the cottonwood family. She will be missed RIP.

Jane and Les Craig

I worked with Rosie on many events at Cottonwood She was a great neighbor


Rosie, Rest in peace. U were loved. U touched some many people here at CCPOI. U have been and will be missed. Thank you for being a true friend.

Dick & Sandra Smith

Rosemary was a precious friend & neighbor. Our hearts, our prayers are especially with Russ during this difficult time. We love you and miss you Russ!