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In Memory of

Rosemarie Christine Ustinoff

February 14, 1927 - October 22, 2017

Obituary


Rosemarie C. Ustinoff was proud to live her life as a devoted wife and loving mother of seven. She was born on February 14, 1927, in Conway, Arkansas. Her family moved to San Antonio, Texas where her father and his brothers opened a bakery on S. Presa in the early 40's. Rosemarie worked there after school during her teen years. After high school, she enrolled in nursing school and met a dashing young man, Alexis (Al) Peter Ustinoff, on a blind date. This introduction changed the course of her life.

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Rosemarie C. Ustinoff was proud to live her life as a devoted wife and loving mother of seven. She was born on February 14, 1927, in Conway, Arkansas. Her family moved to San Antonio, Texas where her father and his brothers opened a bakery on S. Presa in the early 40's. Rosemarie worked there after school during her teen years. After high school, she enrolled in nursing school and met a dashing young man, Alexis (Al) Peter Ustinoff, on a blind date. This introduction changed the course of her life.

Al was in the Navy and also piloted small planes. He told stories of their courtship that included adventures of flying with Rosemarie over open fields in San Antonio. For fun, they would do dips and fly overs of family members homes. They married on June 4, 1949.

Soon after, Rosemarie's dream of having twelve children began with the birth of Carol Lynn in 1950. Alexis Peter, Jr, Pauline Lousie (Polly), and Gregory Alexis (Greg) were born shortly after that in San Antonio. In the late 50's, the family moved to the Houston area and lived in "the country" in Tomball, Texas. The "babies," Angela Marie (Angie) and Rosemary (Rosie) were born in Houston in the early 60's. Constance Nicole (Connie) was born in 1965. Her birth was difficult for Rosemarie and ultimately completed the family with seven children.

The family home was located in Galena Park, Texas from 1968 to 2009. Galena Park was a safe place to raise a large family because it was easy to keep track of the children's whereabouts. Rosemarie was very busy raising her family, so she didn't have much time for socializing. However, she was loyal to her friends and neighbors. For many years, a visit from the Avon lady would be a rare source of adult conversation for her. She was an avid gardener and would take "cuttings" of plants as she walked through gardens, parks, or zoos. It was amazing to see the array of flowers in her garden. She was a talented seamstress and had a beautiful singing voice. The sweet lullabies and folk songs would soften the children's tears and soothe their fears as they drifted to sleep.

Rosemarie prepared home cooked meals that included simple but satisfying family staples: bean tacos, chicken cacciatore, Spanish ham, "porcupine balls" (please ask), and homemade pizza. Each child had a special dinner for their birthday complete with their favorite cake. Spending time together was always cherished, and the family gathered for Sunday dinners on a regular basis until the mid-1980's. Each greeting and every goodbye was met with a kiss and a sweet "I love you." Celebrations such as Thanksgiving and Christmas were times when her heart was filled with joy. Everyone would be talking at the same time, but Rosemarie loved having the family together.

Rosemarie consciously raised her children to consider the needs of others. She taught them to participate in a polite conversation by avoiding talk of money, politics, and religion. They often heard the Eleanor Roosevelt quote, "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people."

On Sunday, one week before her death, Rosemarie commented, "We did our best." Raising seven children had its challenges, and although money was scarce, love wasn't. Rosemarie and Al accepted each child for their individuality. Their life goals were to raise happy and healthy children. No words can express how much we will miss Rosemarie. Her spirit will continue forward while her seven children, their spouses, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren share her stories and live her legacy with love and affection.

Carol Ustinoff; Alex Ustinoff; Polly and Allen Botego, Christina and Don Horseman, their daughter Allison, Jennifer Hyde, her children Amie, Chloe and Michael, Greg and Cheri Ustinoff, their daughter Emily Brolly and her husband Sean Brolly, Angie and Paul Candelaria, their children Paul and Ashley Candelaria, Matt and Audra Candelaria, son Sam, Ashley and Bobby Aschenbach, Rosie and Rob Brumbelow, their daughters, Sara Brumbelow, Rachel Brumbelow, and Hanna Brumbelow, and Connie and Greg Payne.