Rosemary T. Ellis | Robinson Daily News
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Rosemary T. Ellis

Posted on December 3, 2021


Belleville, Jul. 26, 1935 - Ill. — Nov. 28, 2021Rosemary T., nee Mathey, Ellis, 86, formally from Palestine, Il, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021, at Cedarhurst of Shiloh in Shiloh, IL. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.

She was born in Peru, IL on July 26, 1935, to Alex and Mary, nee Diddle, Mathey. Rosemary married Burt A. Ellis in 1954 and moved to Kingston, NY, where they raised 5 children. They later moved back to Illinois, finally settling in Palestine, IL.

Rosemary spent many years as an office manager and bookkeeper. She was very active in her community, most recently she was a member of the Palestine Preservation Society and Home Extension.

Rosemary loved spending time with her family, reading, tending her flower gardens, and doing crafts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burt A. Ellis; parents, Alex and Mary, nee Diddle, Mathey; son, Burt P. Ellis; granddaughter, Faith Ellis; brothers, Alex Mathey Jr., Robert Mathey and Richard Mathey.

She is survived by her children William "Bill" (Paula) Ellis of Hutchinson, MN, Shari (Tom) Sweeney-Sadowski of Anna, IL, Timothy (Tony) Ellis of Rochelle, IL and Tammy (Ted) Dress of Belleville, IL; 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; her sister in-laws Carol Mathey and Vera Mathey.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Funeral: Graveside Services was held Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, in St. Louis, MO., with Father Eugene Neff officiating.

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