ROSEMARY FRYERosemary Frye, 61, a longtime resident of Duluth whose career at the Duluth Public Library was cut short by illness, died Sept.
Rosemary Frye, 61, a longtime resident of Duluth whose career at the Duluth Public Library was cut short by illness, died Sept. 17, 2011, of complications from multiple sclerosis.
Born in Iowa, the first of seven children, she moved with her family to Duluth in 1954. Rosemary graduated from Duluth Cathedral H.S. in 1968; she earned a B.A. from U.M.D. in 1972 and a masters in library science from the University of Denver in 1976.
Rosemary joined the staff of the Duluth Public Library in 1977. During her career there, Rosemary served as head of extension services, overseeing the work of the bookmobile and the four branch libraries. Before her early retirement in 1995, Rosemary worked to provide library services to the disabled, even as she struggled with her own disability. In 1999 Rosemary entered the Bayshore Health Center on Park Point, where she spent the remainder of her life.
Her family is grateful for the care Rosemary received at Bayshore.
Rosemary will be mourned by those who knew her as a woman dedicated to reading and literacy, to the DPL, and to women's issues. A founder of the Northcountry Women's Coffeehouse in Duluth, she served as its first chairperson. She was also active in the local women's bookstore and in Artemis Productions. Throughout her life, Rosemary was animated by an exuberant love for Duluth in all its facets, above all its people, including her own friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lowell B. Frye; several aunts and uncles; and her beloved maternal grandmother, Lucy Majnarich Marincel.
Rosemary is survived by her mother, Mary Margaret (Marincel) Frye, a longtime resident of West Duluth who now resides in Prior Lake; three maternal aunts; sisters Kathleen LeRoy of Duluth, Bernadette Frye of Minneapolis, and Therese (Jody) Kainz of Maple Grove, Minn.; brothers Lowell (Elizabeth Deis) Frye of Farmville, Va., George (Lynn) Frye of Rogers and Laurence (Denise) Frye of Shoreview, Minn.; six nephews; one niece; two grand-nieces; numerous cousins; and loyal friend Deborah Anderson and close friend/cousin Frances (Marincel) Maki, both of Duluth.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Oct. 15, in St. James Catholic Church. Her ashes will be interred immediately following the service in a family gravesite at Oneota Cemetery. Following the interment, there will be a reception in the St. James parish house.
Those wishing to honor Rosemary's life with a memorial gift are requested to honor Rosemary's wishes and direct their gifts to the Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth MN 55802.
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