Obituary of Louise Marie Rosati
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Louise Marie Paullus Rosati January 17, 1919 – May 29, 2023 Louise was born on the family wheat farm near Pullman Washington to Marie Elaine and Jess Paullus. She moved with her parents and brother Lloyd from Pullman WA to San Benito County in 1920 where her Paullus relatives had settled in 1910. She grew up here with Her siblings Lloyd who sadly passed at age 11, Lois ‘Dolly ‘Dunning (Bruce), Loren ‘Sonny’ Paullus (Donna), and Carroll Baker (Carl). She married Dave Rosati on November 5 ,1939 in Mission San Juan Bautista. They raised three children, David F. Rosati, Sharol Rosati-Bernardo and Paula Rosati Lomanto (Peter deceased 2022) Much of Louise’s life was based around an agricultural environment and associated work. When she was a teenager and a young adult she worked with her mother raising turkeys on her mother and step-father, Johnny Graf’s property at the end of Hollister’s Graf Road. They later expanded the turkey business onto various other San Benito properties. Following the untimely death of their mother in 1951, and just a few years later their stepfather Johnny, Louise and her husband Dave (a carpenter by trade), Lois and her husband Bruce, Sonny and his wife Donna managed their mother’s turkey business at various properties and ultimately their own poultry operations. In the mid 1950’s Louise and Dave who had together built r a beautiful home on Valley View Rd. moved their family to a 100- acre property in the Cienega valley where they finished raising their family along with a few thousand turkeys, some sheep and steers and an orchard plus sustained an established vineyard of high- quality wine grapes for. For the next 25 years. They had the opportunity to join her brother Sonny’s dream project of the development of a golf course and home development on what was his turkey farm property along with some of his neighbor’s properties which became Ridgemark Golf and Country Club in the 1970’s, hence Ridgemark’s logo and moniker “The Old Turkey Farm”. Louise and Dave sold their Cienega property, invested in Ridgemark and built their final home together there in 1980. Dave and Louise joined investors, family and friends and neighbors of Sonny who formed the original Ridgemark board of directors for the corporation. While the men took care of corporate business and kept the project moving forward, the wives and their families worked together helping by planting trees on the first 9 holes, cooking dinners for the newly established members and guests and anything else that needed to be done in the early years of Ridgemark’s development. 50 plus years later, Louise, to our knowledge, was the last surviving member of the original Ridgemark corporation partnership. During her lifetime she was very active in numerous local organizations. She was a talented artistic person pursuing various forms of creativity in her lifetime and instilling this love on to their children. Dave passed on in 1999 on Memorial weekend. and Louise lived in and maintained their home until her move to Bonita Springs Healthcare home in late April 2023. She resided in San Benito County for over 103 years. She passed away in Hollister on May, Day 29,( ironically Memorial Day) at Bonita Springs Healthcare facility. Due to her longevity, she was preceded in death by her parents, brother, sisters and their spouses, in-laws and most friends of her generation as well as loved ones from subsequent generations. She is survived by her loving children; David, Sharol and Paula and their stepchildren plus three generations of nieces and nephews most of whom still reside in San Benito County. She will be dearly missed... At Louise’s request A mass will be performed at Immaculate Conception church in Tres Pinos by Father Ron, their former pastor On Thursday, June 15th at 11:00. The Internment of her ashes where she will rejoin Dave will be private. We would like to express our gratitude to the staff of Bridges Hospice from Salinas and the staff at Bonita Springs Hospice and care home. Suggestions for any contributions are preferred to Hazel Hawkins Hospital Fund