Rosemarie was born in Brookline, Mass. on Jan. 14, 1953. She grew up in Arlington, Mass. and attended Arlington Catholic High School, Boston College and Framingham State College. Rosemarie moved to Chatham at 20 years old to join her soon-to-be husband, Robert F. Denn. They married on Dec. 29, 1973. Theirs was the last entry in Chatham’s 1973 list of marriages.
She worked at Chatham Town Hall in the Town Clerk’s office, Town Accountants office, board of health and spent many nights counting election votes. She then shifted gears and went to work at Cape Fishermen’s Supply hanging gillnets, splicing moorings and rigging tuna gear. She spent 30 years at the store, eventually becoming the bookkeeper and co-owner with her husband Bob.
An especially talented woman she had many artistic pursuits; painting, jewelry making, furniture restoration, knitting and much more. She also enjoyed motorcycling with her husband and friends.
Rosemarie was a founding member of the Nereid Network, (a group of women who put together the Fishermen’s Calendar which to this day is still giving money for local scholarships) and many local charities.
She was predeceased by her parents James and Rosalie Landrigan, and leaves behind her husband Robert Denn of Chatham, son Robert Jr. and his wife Sveta of Hollis, Me., daughter Marisa of New Orleans, La., a brother James M. Landrigan of Brattleboro, Vt., her dear friend Shareen Davis of Chatham and countless friends in Chatham, a town she loved very much.
She passed away on March 26 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston of scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that she fought quietly for a dozen years.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be announced. Donations in Rosemarie’s name may be made to the Women of Fishing Families, PO Box 134, Chatham 02633