Rosemary McDonald

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After an extended battle with cancer, Rosemary McDonald died peacefully surrounded by her family on December 31, 2019 in Shawnee, KS at the age of 62. She leaves behind her husband, Kenneth McDonald; her daughters, Kelly Zaloudek (Steve Sawyers), Kim (husband Kenny) Taylor, and Kristin (husband Chip) Swartz; her stepson, Jeremy (wife Ashley) McDonald; her grandchildren Chandler Boyd, Destanie, McKinlea and Montanna Sawyers, Emily and Jillian Taylor, Cade Swartz, and Jack McDonald.  She is survived by her father, Walter (wife Barbara) Ryan; her brothers Mark, Ronald (wife Tracy) and Daniel (wife Sandy) Krim, Walter Ryan Jr; and her sister, Karyn (husband John) Lawless as well as her nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her mother, Geraldine Krim.

Rosemary was born on July 16, 1957 in Boston, MA.  She moved a lot when she was young, but spent most of her late childhood years in Bellevue, NE with her three brothers Mark, Ronnie and Danny.  She moved to the Kansas City area in 1978 and raised her family here.  She was dedicated and loyal to her work.  Her career in Kansas City began at Avondale Mills. After the company moved, she began her career in the Copier / Printer industry where she remained until May of 2019.

She met her husband Ken in 2002 and they were married in April of 2005.  They were a perfect match and spent many hours watching football, going to craft festivals, community events and hanging out with their large group of friends.  They had a beautiful garden, which Rosemary envisioned and Ken made come to life!

Rosemary was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  She loved gardening, going for long walks, and exploring anything historical. She was most happy in warm weather, and sunshine.  She loved spending time with her many close friends, family and especially her grandchildren. 

Rosemary was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She remained dedicated in her work and in her will to fight her illness. She remained a brave, iron-willed woman, even throughout her final months. 

Rosemary and Ken attended Westside Family Church regularly and have grown in their faith through the church over the years.  She loved God and yearned for a closer relationship as her time here on earth drew closer to the end to make sure that her seat was saved in heaven. Indeed, it was, and those words were spoken to her in her final moments. 

Rosemary requested to be cremated.  The family would especially like to thank the University of Kansas Cancer Center for their excellent and loving care; Westside Family Church for their overwhelming spiritual support; Crossroads Hospice for their support in her final days; and all the friends and family that loved Rosemary so fully. 


A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Westside Family Church (8500 Woodsonia Dr. Lenexa, KS 66227) on January 11, 2020.  Visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 with the celebration of life immediately following. 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honor of Rosemary McDonald to either The University of Kansas Cancer Center or Westside Family Church.




  1. Dwanna Gatlin on January 10, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Ken, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I met your wife on a couple of occasions and she was a lovely person; we shared a nice laugh together when you jokingly would tell her that she couldn’t talk to me.

  2. Frank Hinkle on January 10, 2020 at 6:42 am

    So sorry for your loss Ken. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Ken Busch on January 10, 2020 at 6:33 am

    Deepest sympathies over your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers

  4. Bronwen Sharp on January 9, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Ken, I am so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    • Ed & Caroline Rogers on January 9, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      Ken, we were so sad to hear of Rosemary’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you lean on each other to get through this difficult time.

  5. Linda (Randell) Dallas on January 8, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Oh my goodness. I am sincerely saddened to hear of Rosemary’s passing! I worked with her in the early 2000’s when we were at Savin, then Ricoh. As beautiful as she is outside, she was even more beautiful inside. Her spirit is kind, loving and caring. I remember when she met Ken. I was so happy she met this man that was perfect for her. No one deserved love and joy more than this woman. My then fiancé (now husband) and I were happy to attend the after wedding dance/party for Rosemary and Ken, to be able to share in their joy. I am sad to hear you lost your wonderful wife, Ken. I know she has found perfection with her Lord. I also know you will miss her terribly. You are a blessed man to have had her in your life. Thank you for the love and joy you brought to her. To her daughters, also once coworkers of mine, my heart goes out to you. Love, prayers and peace to Rosemary’s loved and loving family.

  6. Lillian on January 5, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Ken, my thoughts and prayers are with you. My sincere sympathies to you for the loss of Rosemary. I am so incredibly sorry.

  7. Angie Pemberton on January 5, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Rosemary was a beautiful person and I know she is home. My prayers are with her family as they grieve the loss of her presence.

  8. Sharon Warren on January 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    I was fortunate to meet Rosemary (Ro) through a group of gals who went to Joplin, MO, each year for a fun weekend of gal time. She carried a smile wherever she went. No challenge was to tough for her. As a breast cancer survivor, she was my role model on how to survive. I’m sure God welcomed her to her heavenly home.

    • Katie O'Donnell on January 8, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      I was fortunate to work with Rosemary during her time with Ricoh-Lanier. I never got the pleasure of meeting her face to face but she was the sweetest woman that I ever had the pleasure of speaking with every day. My thought and prayers are with her and the family.

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