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Rosemary Matea

November 1, 1935 ~ September 7, 2018 (age 82)

Rosemary Matea, wife, mother, grandmother, G.G. (Greatest-Grandmother)  Rosemary was married to George Matea 38 years ago on July 19, 1980; 38 years of joy and happiness.  They met a bowling alley, dated for a couple of years until George could muster up enough courage to ask her hand in marriage.  They traveled, cruised, and cheered on George’s beloved Cleveland Browns, and had a wonderful life together.  They lived in Van Nuys, CA, then moved to Yorba Linda, CA, and then retired in Menifee, CA.  Rosemary is survived by her four children and their families:  Lynne Kovach (and her husband Roger) who reside in Worcester, Massachusetts; Steve Brown (and his wife Liz) from Fresno, CA; Lori Watson (and her husband Ken) from Hemet, CA; and Scott Brown (and his wife Judy) from Winchester, CA.  Her family also included George’s two sons – David Matea and his wife Brenda from Lakewood, CA; and Todd Matea from Australia.

She is survived by five wonderful grandsons – Brandon, Gavin, Tim, Brian, and Trevor, and a granddaughter Christi.

Rosemary is also survived by five beautiful, exceptional great-grandchildren – Lauren, Caleb, Noah, Kellan, and Logan.

Rosemary loved to celebrate the holidays.  She had an extensive Nutcracker collection.  She had several holiday sweaters, one for every holiday.  And matching holiday jewelry too!  And her wardrobe and jewelry were highly organized, and took up almost all of the closet space.  Rosemary didn’t want us to make a fuss, but we are going to celebrate her life anyway.

Rosemary was a bank “executive”.  She worked at Security Pacific National Bank until they were acquired by Bank of America, and then she worked there too.  But Rosemary’s natural job was “Mom”.  It was just natural to call her “Mom”, it was the title she loved best.

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