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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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A celebration of life for 24-year-old Rosie

Rosie Kremer was a “firework that lit up the life of her family but burnt out too soon”, mourners were told at her celebration of life service.

Rosie Kremer   photo
Rosie Kremer

Rosie, 24, died on May 29 from a brain tumour – six hours after the emergency birth of her son Bobby Peter.

A candle burned bright on the altar of Penrith Methodist Church as hundreds of people arrived for yesterday afternoon’s service.

Minister Phil Jackson told the congregation that they were there “not to mark her passing but to celebrate the life and love that Rosie brought to everyone’s lives”.

The service was filled with some of Rosie’s favourite songs, applause and emotional tributes from her two older sisters Ruth and Jo, her friends and a former teacher.

Jo, 26, said: “People desperately wanted Rosie to like them and if she loved you then you were a very lucky person. I loved her so much.

“My last memory of her is when I was singing the Bob Marley song No Woman No Cry to Bobby in her stomach and he would kick like crazy. She stood and smiled. That was the last time I saw her.

“Rosie will live on in Bobby and we will tell him all about her.”

Her sister Ruth, 28, said: “Rosie was perfect and beautiful and the best sister you could wish for. She saw me through thick and thin. We loved her.”

Her mum Lesley, of Graham Street, Penrith, said in a tribute that Rosie was the “apple of my eye” who brought “sunshine that filled her days”.

Tributes also came from her friends – one who had travelled from Australia – who said that they will remember summers by the lake making memories that will last forever.

They said: “The party never started until Rosie arrived. She was the life and soul. She was the loudest in the room and always the last to go. You (Rosie) were the legend of our group.”

They also talked about her “ever changing hair colour” and her “infectious smile”.

The congregation was told that Rosie’s organs, which her family donated, had now saved the lives of eight people which is a “fantastic legacy”. They urged everyone at the service to sign up to the organ donor register and to enlist 10 friends to do so as well.

Tim Thorpe, who used to be Minister at Penrith Methodist Church, said Rosie’s life was “not a tragedy but a triumph”.

He added: “She was gorgeous and generous but she was a little monkey. She loved children.”

Rosie, a former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Ullswater Community College sixth form pupil, once played the lead role in a production of Annie.

Mr Thorpe said: “She fed the dog in the production a packet of custard creams. It was sick and could hardly walk.”

The song Tomorrow from the hit musical was played at the end of the service.

Proceeds from a collection will go to the special care baby unit at The Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where Bobby is being cared for.

To sign up to the organ donor register call 0300 1232323 or text SAVE to 84118. You can also register online at www.organdonation.nhs.uk.

The News & Star attended Rosie’s celebration of life service with the kind permission of her family.

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