A livestream of Rosemary's memorial service can be seen at the bottom of this obituary beginning at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
Rosemary McBride, 76, of Neillsville, was taken home to be with her Lord & Savior on Dec 3, 2020 after battling pancreatic cancer.
Rosemary Elmhorst was born on March 6, 1944 in a farmhouse near Chili, WI the daughter of Henry and Dorothy (Daniels) Elmhorst. Her family moved shortly after to the current homestead that brother James lives on called Peaceful Pines. When she was 11 years old she met Betty Clover at Riverside Bible Camp with whom she continued a friendship of over 65 years. Rosemary’s dad, Henry, hosted a radio program on WCCN and Rosemary often sang for that show. At the age of 16, she spent a year in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada where she met Agnes and continued to write to her for over 60 years. In 1962, when she was 18 she met and married Ronald McBride of Loyal at the Greenwood Baptist Church. They continued to live in and around the Granton and Neillsville area.
Rosemary will be remembered for many things, her flowers, Christmas baking, reading, many hours of mending clothing for people and her rose and angel collections. Every month she decorated the apartment with a different theme and loved singing and playing the piano and sending out the beautiful cards that Rachel made for her to send out every month.
Rosemary was a member of Living Hope Evangelical Free Church and a volunteer with Sunshine Friends at the Neillsville Care and Rehab.
She always said she wanted to live long enough to see her children grow up and she did, plus 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren of which one was born on her birthday.
She is survived by her children, Rachel McBride of Neillsville and Sam (Lisa) McBride of Elk Mound, WI, a granddaughter, Brittney (Michael) Bump of Marshfield 2 great grandchildren, Savannah and Roman Bump and 12 foster children. She is further survived by siblings, Dick (Joan) Elmhorst of Rudolph, Roy (Sue) Elmhorst of Iola, Bill (Virginia) Elmhorst of Neillsville, Mike (Evangeline) Elmhorst of Paynesville, Andy Elmhorst of Wisconsin Rapids, Judy Hineline of Loyal, Paul Elmhorst Sr. of Whitehall, James Elmhorst of Neillsville, sisters-in-law, Joel Elmhorst of Neillsville and Shirley McBride of Marshalltown Iowa and her special friends, Betty Clower of Ft. Washington, PA and Agnes Vernes of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Cori Rose McBride, brothers, Eldred Elmhorst, Daniel Elmhorst, Tim Elmhorst, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Elmhorst.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 6th, 2021 at the Living Hope Evangelical Free Church in Neillsville. Pastors Wally Anderson and Steven Wentz will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 5th at the Gesche Funeral Home and from 9:30 to the time of the service Saturday morning at the church. Inurnment will be in Neillsville City Cemetery.
Serving as honorary casket bearers are Margie Dapruis, Lisa Jensen, Will Elmhorst, Ladd Elmhorst, Michael Elmhorst, Sarah Falkner, Scott Hineline, Earl Elmhorst, Anna Elmhorst and Alice Painter.
A special thank you goes to Dr. Arlene Gayle of Marshfield Clinic and Three Oaks for her care.
In lieu of flowers memorials made be directed to Rails to Trails project, 508 Hewett St., Neillsville, WI 54456 or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org/donate, or through the mail at 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Online condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com
Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Rosemary’s family with funeral arrangements.