Rosemary Meyer

Rosemary H. Meyer of Cedar Grove loved cooking and baking, and she devoted her life to her hobby, working as a cook at Hobo’s Restaurant in Belgium for more than 25 years.

“She devoted herself to Hobo’s,” her sister Kathy Vande Boom said. “It was her pride and joy. She just loved it.”

Hobo’s gave Miss Meyer the chance to not only put her skills to work but her co-workers became her second family, Mrs. Vande Boom said.

While Miss Meyer was an accomplished cook, she was best known for the soups she served at the restaurant, her sister said.

“Everyone always asked her for the recipes,” she said. “She didn’t give them away.”

Even when her boss at the restaurant asked how Miss Meyer prepared certain dishes, she was reluctant to let them know, her sister said.

“She said, ‘I just put a little of this in and a little of that in,’” her sister said. “They finally told her she had to write it down so if anyone filled in for her, they knew how to make things.”

Miss Meyer had a large vegetable garden and would share the vegetables with her friends and neighbors, her sister said. She also canned her produce.

And as befitting someone who loved cooking and baking, Miss Meyer collected cookbooks.

Miss Meyer died of cancer at St. Luke’s Hospice in Milwaukee on Monday, April 16. She was 63.

A native of Port Washington, she was born on Jan. 17, 1955, to George and Martha Fechter Meyer.

The family lived on a farm on Little Kohler Road, but moved to Elkhart Lake when Miss Meyer was young.

She graduated from Howards Grove High School in 1974, then went on to study the culinary arts in technical school.

In addition to growing vegetables, Miss Meyer also tended a flower garden and especially enjoyed growing zinnias.

“She loved to entertain people,” her sister said. “She was very quiet and never wanted to be the center of attention. She was a gentle, sweet person.

“She would do anything for anyone, but she never wanted anyone to do anything for her.”

Miss Meyer enjoyed spending time with her family and enjoyed crafting felt banners, pictures and calendars that she would embellish with sequins. She often gave them to family and friends as gifts.

“They were just stunning,” her sister said. “They really catch your eye.”

Miss Meyer is survived by her siblings Charles (Georgina) Meyer of Cedar Grove, Diane (Daniel) Meyer of Newton and Kathleen (Peter) Vande Boom of West Bend.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20, at St. John XXIII Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will officiate.

Visitation will be at the church Friday from 4 p.m. until the service.

A private burial will be held.

Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.




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