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Wilma Rose "Rosie" Downey

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Service: 11:00am Sat. April 17th, 2021
Location: St. Bernard Catholic Church

Downey, Wilma Rose “Rosie”, 94 of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 in Springfield Regional Medical Center. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on August 20, 1926 the daughter of Roy and Susan (Haniman) Hunt. She graduated from the Springfield City School of Nursing in 1947 and worked as a Registered Nurse for many years at Mercy Medical Center before retiring at the age of 82. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and Emmaus. Survivors include her three children and spouses, Cheryl (Chuck Moorman) Wise, Michael (Rebecca) Downey and Kevin (Darlene) Downey; seven grandchildren, Erik (Tara) Wise, Megan Wise, Chase and Nicholas Downey, Michelle (Bryan) Wolford, Michael (Missy) Hamilton and Stevie Downey; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Joyce Hunt; two step-grandchildren, Seth and Ericca Rice; two nieces and many wonderful friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; son, Stephen; son-in-law, Danny Wise; two brothers and other family members. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in St. Bernard Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior in the church. Burial will be in Ferncliff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity. Arrangements by CONROY FUNERAL HOME.
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Our mother, Marge went through Nursing school together. They shared a great friendship and memories through the years. Rosie will be greatly missed.

- Marjorie Rice, Marsha and Theresa, Friday April 16th, 2021

Will miss seeing her beautiful, smiling friendly face at church. You had many years to make memories and hope they bring you comfort. May she now RIP and watch over her earthly family and friends.

- Dolores and George, Friday April 16th, 2021

Will miss seeing her beautiful, smiling friendly face at church. You had many years to make memories and hope they bring you comfort. May she now RIP and watch over her earthly family and friends.

- Dolores and George Simons, Friday April 16th, 2021

This one hurts. Rosie was always a bright soul. So friendly and loving, as demonstrated with each and every encounter I ever had with her. My sons and I send our deepest condolences to the family. We love you guys.

- Ryan Ray, Friday April 16th, 2021

Rosie will be missed. What a wonderful woman that I had the privilege to know. We grew up next door to Rosie and she always had a smile on her face no matter was mischievous things that all of us in the neighborhood got into. I had my appendix out when I was in the seventh grade and Rosie was there with me. I will never forget this wonderful woman. Condolences to the family and especially Cheryl.

- Leslie Foley, Thursday April 15th, 2021

Cheryl, Mike and Kevin, so sorry to learn of the loss of your Mom. She was so sweet to all of us when we were kids, and such an enduring and reassuring presence at Mercy. My Mom always enjoyed seeing her after they both had retired. Heartfelt condolences to you all.

- Vicky Dixon Forrest , Thursday April 15th, 2021

I worked with Rosie in surgery at MMC. She out-lasted many employees in her commitment and loyalty. Not sure if it is true that she made up the beds when the hospital was about to open. Her daughter Cheryl was among the first babies in Mercy's "Day Nursery", cared for by the nuns. Rosie was a friend to all. She will be remembered with affection.

- Mary Caputo, Thursday April 15th, 2021

WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVING MOTHER. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU.

- Pam and Dan Price, Thursday April 15th, 2021

Rosie will be remembered for her smile and faith. She will be missed by so many. Prayers for the family. There is another bright star in heaven.

- Dottie Griggs, Wednesday April 14th, 2021

So sorry Cheryl, I will miss seeing and talking to Rosie, she was very special

- Marty mcHenry, Wednesday April 14th, 2021

To the Downey family we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one our thoughts and prayers are with you all

- Zack and Dee Capper, Wednesday April 14th, 2021

Our family was privileged to know and love Rosie. She was so sweet and loving, and treated us like family. We are grateful for all the wonderful memories. We will always laugh about her and Mom jet skiing together on our houseboat vacation. What a hoot they were. We are praying for your family. Love, Jerry, Linda & family

- Linda Kidd, Wednesday April 14th, 2021

Cheryl - heartbroken for the loss of your precious Mom....sending love and prayer

- Dan & Bonnie Schutte , Tuesday April 13th, 2021

My thoughts & prayers for you & your family

- Mary O'Brien, Tuesday April 13th, 2021

Cheryl So sorry to hear about Rosie’s passing. She was a wonderful person and friend. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.🙏

- Carmelita Stephenson , Tuesday April 13th, 2021

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