EAST MILLINOCKET – Judith A. Rosebush, 70, passed away with family by her side, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at her home in East Millinocket. She was born Feb. 12, 1943, in St. Johnsbury, Vt., the daughter of Wendell and Florence K. (Gordon) Gross. Judith’s father, Wendell, was killed in World War II. After, her mother married Henry Rhoda, who helped raise her.
Judith married James A. Rosebush Jan. 3, 1959. Shortly after marrying, they moved from Milo to East Millinocket where they made their home and raised their five children. They enjoyed many years with family and friends at their camp at Ebeemee Lake. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for over 30 years and served as president. Judith worked at the East Millinocket School Department for several years. She enjoyed spending time with her Women’s Pitch Club. Judith had a deep love for her many friends, which was mutual between them, and with whom she shared many adventures. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and was Primary President, Teacher, and Relief Society President for several years. Outside of her family, she had great comfort and satisfaction in her church callings. Her church was a very important part of her life.
Judith is survived by her children, Annette Cartwright and her husband, Tim, of Germantown, Tenn., and their children, Ryan, Sarah, Colby, and Seth, Michelle Jamo and her husband, John, of Millinocket, and their children, Aaron and Lauren, Diane Sturgeon and her husband, Thomas, of Bowdoinham, and their children, Kaitlin Little and her husband, Sean and their son, Miles, Bradley Sturgeon and his daughter, Cadence, and Erin Sturgeon, Jon Rosebush of Palm Harbor, Fla., and his daughter, Mikaela of Portland, and Jon’s significant other, Christine Hetherington and her son, Mitchell, also of Palm Harbor, Fla., Julie Vangel and her husband, David, of Ashaway, R.I., and their children, Chelsea, Nicholas, and Christina. She is also survived by siblings, Wendell Gross and his wife, Mimi, of Georgia, Robert Gross and his wife, Shirley, of Bangor, and her beloved sister, who she was extremely close to, Gail Thibodeau and her husband, Bruce, of Parsonsfield; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, Judith was predeceased by her husband, James A. Rosebush.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Hospice Program of Community Health and Counseling Services, especially Sandy, Debbie, and Donna, for the loving and dedicated care and courtesy extended to Judith and family members.
At Judith’s request, the family will host a celebration of her life 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 9 Orchard St., East Millinocket. Private burial services will be held in the spring at East Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Judith may be sent to CHCS Hospice Program, 313 Enfield Road, Lincoln, ME 04457. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, East Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.