A Family Funeral Home

Rose Ann Brunsman

August 30, 1930 - August 21, 2021
Racine, WI



Friday, August 27, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM CDT
St. Rita Catholic Church
4339 Douglas Avenue
Racine, WI 53402


Friday, August 27, 2021
11:00 AM CDT
Live Stream
St Rita Catholic Church
4339 Douglas Avenue
Racine, WI 53402


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Hospice Alliance

Racine Humane Society

Life Story / Obituary


Rose Ann Brunsman, 90, of Racine, passed away at her home with family on August 21, 2021 following a nearly yearlong cancer fight. She won the battle by choosing heaven shortly before her 91st birthday.

Rose, as she was known to many, was born on August 30, 1930 in Portage, Wis., to Harry W. Kearns and Lorena Cotter. She was raised on the historic Hickory Hill Farm, home to the 19th century naturalist John Muir before he explored the West. She adored her father who lived to be 100.

A 1948 graduate of Montello High School, Rose attended and later graduated from the Central State Teachers College at UW-Stevens Point. She taught first grade in Portage, Wis., and then again years later at St. Rita’s School in Racine.

Rose’s passions were simple, but enduring ones. In unranked order, they include reading, sewing, walking, bridge club, crosswords, morning holy rosary and Sunday Mass, Big Band and country music, her cat Peanut and several family dogs, the Bughs Lake cottage, an open-door good neighbor policy, anything Irish, progressive politics, and always the wellness of her three children.

She married Walter H. Brunsman on Aug. 27, 1955 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Pardeeville, Wis. Rose is survived by her three children, Steven, Paula and Michael; Steven’s two stepson’s John Westley and Michael McWilliams; Paula’s husband, Bill Buchanan, and their three children, Sarah Rose, Keely and Grant; Michael’s son, Ryan; brother-in-law Vincent Metcalf and sister-in-law Mary Kearns. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Walt; sisters Mary Metcalf, Kathy Eckardt and Jean Rosmonowski; brothers Maurice and James Kearns; brother-in-laws John Eckardt and Henry Rosmonowski; sister-in-law Jean Kearns; and daughter-in-law Christine Adams Brunsman.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mullane and his clinic staff. Rose’s last few months were supported greatly by both Ascension at Home and Hospice Alliance’s nurses and caregivers.

A visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., on Friday, August 27, 2021, followed by a 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. To view the service online, visit Rose’s page on the funeral home website, www.meredithfuneralhome.com, select visitation/services and then Livestream. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to Hospice Alliance or Racine Humane Society.