Rosemary Kay Younce, 71, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Rosemary was born Sept. 1, 1946, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Vernon Edward and Rosella Mary (Kelley) Maher. She grew up on a farm near the Nolan Settlement in Johnson County and graduated from West Branch High School in 1964. Following high school, she attended the University of Iowa. Rosemary and Stanley Martin Younce were married Aug. 29, 1969. She graduated with a bachelor of arts in education from Oklahoma University and went on to obtain her master's degree in library science from Central State College, Edmond, Okla., in 1971.
Rosemary taught elementary school at St. John's Episcopal School in Oklahoma City, Okla., for five years before she and Stan moved back to Iowa. She taught fifth and sixth grades at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Marion for over 30 years, before retiring in 2008.
Rosemary loved reading, family history, scrapbooking, decorating for the holidays and spending time with her family and her cats, Diamond, Socks and Miss Kitty.
Survivors include her husband, Stan of Cedar Rapids; daughter, Jennifer Tenge of New Hampton; grandchildren, Kiersten, Ben and Bailee Tenge of New Hampton; brother, Vernon Maher of Sacramento, N.M.; niece, Keista (John) Mason; and nephews, Sean (Jackie) Maher and Cory and Chad Barta.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents and younger sister, Jackie Barta.
In accordance with Rosemary's wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.