Obituary: Rosemary Earle Middeleer, 90

Rosemary Earle Middeleer, daughter of Harry Woodward Earle and Rose Lillian Agnew Earle, died peacefully at her home in Wilton, Conn., on Friday, June, 30, 2017.  She was 90 years old.

Rosemary was a long-time resident of Wilton, moving to town in 1952 with her husband of 64 years, William Middeleer, who passed away in 2015. When they arrived in Wilton, they built a home on land her father owned and used for hunting.

Originally from Norwalk, Conn., she went to schools in Connecticut and Florida; then attended Wheaton College where she graduated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

In her early years, Rosemary worked at McCall’s magazine in New York City. Later, she served on boards at the Norwalk Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She also volunteered at the Wilton Library.  

Rosemary used her free time to paint watercolors, studying with artists Cornelia Ford and Charles Reid. She was a devoted bookworm and always had two or three books going at any one time. Along with her husband, she was an avid gardener, traveler, a lover of dogs and cats, and had a deep affection for Block Island, R.I., where she and her family spent summers for the last 57 years.

She was a long-time member of the Wilton Riding Club in Wilton and the Cosmopolitan Club of New York City.

Rosemary, called “Lala” by her family, is survived by her three sons, William Middeleer, Jr., of Newtown, Conn., Michael Middeleer of Providence, R.I., and Geoffrey Middeleer, of Danbury, Conn. She also leaves behind nine loving grandchildren, including three from her daughter, Susan Middeleer Mleczko, who passed away earlier this year, as well as three great-grandchildren.

A small, private remembrance is being planned by the family at a future date to be determined.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Block Island Conservancy, the ASPCA or the Wilton Library.