Rosemary Gerdes Sweeney

February 20, 1953 - September 14, 2021
Rosemary Gerdes Sweeney

Rosemary Gerdes Sweeney passed away at home on September 14, 2021. Rosie is survived by brothers John and David Gerdes, sister Barbara Hughes, step-sons William and Kevin Sweeney, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her husband Bill, parents Carl and Ruth, and brothers Carl T., Richard and Robert.

Rosie grew up in Little Falls, NJ and spent summers at her family beach house at the Jersey Shore, a place she loved dearly.

For many years Rosie worked in Manhattan, first at Prudential and later as a senior account executive for Hirschfeld, Stern Moyer and Ross, an employee benefits consulting firm. During her professional career Rosie arranged her vacation time so she could spend long summer weekends at the beach house in Chadwick Beach, NJ.

The beach house remained the place Rosie loved best for her entire life. For the last 20 years she and husband Bill split their time between the Jersey Shore and homes in Wilmington, North Carolina and at the Fingerlakes in central New York.

Rosie loved dogs and over the years had a number of Cairn Terriers, most recently her beloved pet Finn. Rosie was also a music aficionado and enjoyed playing her collection of prized guitars.

Family and friends remember Rosie for her sarcastic wit and her wonderful story-telling ability. She laughed easily, and provided an often sardonic take on her richly lived life, filled with adventures in Manhattan and beyond.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington, NC in Rosie’s name.

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  • September 17, 2021
    Leila Tabatabai says:
    I’ve known Rosemary aka “Rosie” for many years now as a Tider resident. Not many people udersterood Rosie- I mean who the heck does? But me, being from the outskirts of Philly always got it. I didn’t just think she was full of shit, I knew it! And that there is why and how we became friends. I miss you Rosie. I’m sad Rosie - so damn sad. RIP MY FRIEND ☘️

  • September 17, 2021
    Stephanie Panzarino says:
    I first met Mody (Rosie) at the age of 15. Both of our families had homes in Chadwick beach. It took awhile for us to warm up to each other, but eventually we became good friends. We drifted in & out of each other’s lives as we got older. If you didn’t understand her dry, dark at times humor, she left you wondering for sure. We reconnected over the years. It made me feel so helpless when she lost Bill & then Finn. There were no words to comfort her. She was so distraught over these losses. I miss her sarcasm the most, she was a master. We built so many fond memories in our favorite place, Chadwick Beach. We had free reign of the beach & surrounding beaches & when we were all together, there was nothing we couldn’t do. So many fond memories. We were lucky kids. I have pictures of us on the beach, too young to have a care & yet so many teenage stresses. I hope you are finally at peace & not suffering any longer. I will miss our late night messenger texts. You were salty right to the end. I’m sorry you were suffering. I hope it’s summer all the time wherever you are. I miss you. XOXO