Rosemary Billeck


Rosemary Billeck of Katy passed away on Wednesday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m. in Katy at age 95 years, 1 month, 27 days.

The funeral took place at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill on Tuesday, May 26 at 10 a.m. Fr. Tim Kosler officiated and burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews Mike Berry, Sam Edwards, Matthew Fams, Terry Poenisch, Jeremy Searl and Jimmy Smith. Named as honorary pallbearers were nephews Larry Billimek and David Lanouette. Rosary was said on Tuesday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the church, led by nephew Thomas Billeck.

Besides High Hill, she lived in Houston and Katy. She was a member of the Catholic Church.

Rosemary was born in High Hill on March 23, 1925, the sixth of seven children of Paul and Annie (Adamek) Billimek. Rosie, as she was known to her family, was educated in High Hill prior to relocating to Houston in her early 20s. There she resided with her sister, Elsie, and her brother-in-law, Mutt Farris. She was employed at Walgreens, followed by a period as an accountant at Ellington Air Force Base and Coastal States Gas/Brown & Root. While at Coastal, she was promoted on the condition she completed her degree, and at age 59, Rosie received a bachelor of science in accounting from St. Thomas University in Houston, going mostly at night while still employed.

Rosie was loved by all, and never had a cross word for anyone. Even when discussing politics, she could remain civil, and if she didn’t agree she would just shake her head or walk away. She was the aunt to multiple nieces and nephews, who all loved her. To most she was more of a mother than aunt. Rosie never married and had no children of her own, but was always there with a word or two concerning the health and schooling of her brothers’ and sisters’ children in Houston. It was these same children who would later make sure that Rosie was always included in birthdays, school functions and especially at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Rosie loved being included and was honored at Mother’s Day due to her significant contributions to the family. She would almost always be the last to leave and then only after having cleaned the kitchen and helped with anything else, many times spending the night and staying over with her nieces and nephews. She was diligent in making sure that each understood his or her German heritage and learned some of the common words and phrases. Rosie tended to be more private in her life outside of extended family; however, it is well-known that she loved to travel and was very interested in painting.

In 2007, Rosie suffered a stroke and lost some of her right side movement and her ability to perform any numerical communication. She ultimately ended up in assisted living for the last years of her life. At the assisted living centers, the staff always loved Rosie. “She never complains” they would say and her family would agree, knowing that she might not be as content as they thought, but just wouldn’t say anything to be polite. Even in her declining health, she always had the most amazing smile. What her family will remember most about her is that she was a patient and caring soul who always gave without expectation and loved unconditionally. They called her “Tanta Blooma” which means Aunt Rose in German. “Rest in peace, Tanta Blooma. Join the loving arms of your parents and siblings and know that you made the best impact in our lives!” her family writes.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Annie Billimek; brothers, Ewald, Edgar and Leon; and sisters, Agnes, Elsie and Pauline.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.