Rosemary Clawson

Rosemary Clawson was born March 12, 1920 to Benny and Mary Capicotte in Nigara Falls, New York. Her mother passed when she was six years old and was raised in the Nigara Falls Catholic Orphanage until the age of 12, when she went to live with her grandparents, Vicenzo and Pama Carso.

She worked at Woolworths and the Shredded Wheat Factory during World War II.  She attended the Troth Vocational High School from 1937-1939.

Rosemary married James Clawson on Aug. 7, 1943 and the couple moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where he was station at the Dale Mabry Field while in the Army Air corps.  She moved to Hardin in June of 194, where the “City Gal” was introduced to the farm and waited for her husband to return at the end of the War. The couple made their home at the Floyd Warren Corporation until February of 1956, when they moved to Hardin.  She was employed at several different retail stores including Anthony’s, Husted’s and the old Ben Franklins before going to work at the Hardin City Hall in 1961 for the water department and operator of the police radio.  She retired in 1981 after 20 years of service.

Her parents, husband, and brothers Jim and Carmen preceded Rosemary in death.

Survivors include her sons Gary ”Skip” (Donna) of Omaha, Neb and John (Valerie) of Stevensville, MT; granddaughters Tara (Josh) Ropski and Blaine Brookshire; and three great granddaughters Alina, Olivia and Zane.

Funeral mass will be celebrated 10:00 am Wednesday Dec. 13th in the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Hardin Fairview Cemetery.  Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Big Horn County Historical Museum.

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  • December 13, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Oh Aunt Rosie, or “Angie Oakley” as we called you…we weren’t related by blood, but we were related by love. Your brother Jimmy, whom I loved dearly and lost in 2016 was married to my mother Pat’s twin sister Chattie (Connie). I spent so many years with Jim and Chattie because my mother was so close to her twin sister and there were no other siblings. Uncle Jim and my dear Aunt Chattie lived with you and your family in Montana while awaiting their son Morrey’s birth. In those days, that’s what you did. You couldn’t easily stay in your hometown in “those circumstances.” You took them in just like the inn that took in St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary. You had such a big heart and such a wonderful smile and hearty laugh. Although we were separated by miles and mountains, with you all in Hardin, Montana and us in Rockford, Illinois – I felt like you were family. I so remember visiting New York and your Aunt Tiny and Uncle Tex and your Aunt Angie and Uncle John. My Mom and Dad and Uncle Jim and Aunt Chat and Morrey all went in the early 1970s and they were so wonderful to us all. Nothing like an Italian family – anywhere! I cherished the chance to be with you when you visited your brother Jimmy in Rockford a few decades ago. And I tried to keep in touch with you every once in awhile. We almost visited you in 2007 (we have never been to Montana yet) and of course, you insisted that we stay at your house. What a doll. Rosemary lived a very long life and didn’t have an easy start, losing her mother. Uncle Jim often talked of the orphanage in New York. It had quite an impact on him and I presume on her too. And I remember their brother Carmie well too. If Uncle Jimmy hadn’t stayed in Rockford after World War II, after being stationed at Camp Grant here, he would not have met my Aunt Chat and we never would have met all of you wonderful people. And we still haven’t met John or Skip although we have talked by phone. Someday we will. May the memories of this wonderful woman, who I suspect that everyone in Hardin loved, sustain you at this sad time. Our deepest condolences go out to John and Skip and their wives, daughters and grandchildren. It is never easy to lose a Nona, especially an Italian one. I know that she is in Heaven reunited with her family. We will be thinking of you for the funeral. God Bless You All and God Bless dear Rosemary. We will all miss her. Prayers and love to you all.

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