John J. Rosenberger

April 1st, 2014

John J. Rosenberger, age 61, a long-time resident of Arlington, passed away on March 23, 2014.

John was born on August 16, 1952 in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Joseph B. and Helen (Green) Rosenberger.  John grew up in Arlington, MA and graduated from Arlington High School in 1970. John went on to receive two Masters Degrees; one in Biology from UNH in 1977 and the other in Nursing from the University of Kentucky in 1995.

John worked for the US Public Health Service for 22 years as a psychiatric nurse.  He retired in 2007 and returned to his residence in Arlington.  John worked at FMC prison in Lexington, Kentucky and at Native American Indian Reservations around the mid-west.  John lived in many places, which included Gallup, New Mexico, Rapid City, South Dakota, and Lexington, Kentucky.

John had a passion for the outdoors; he camped and hiked all over the U.S. and abroad.  Some of his other passions included reading and learning different languages.  He joined the Peace Corps after college and resided in Thailand for two years, where he learned to speak fluent Thai.

John was the dear brother of Joseph Rosenberger & his wife the late Laura of Ipswich, Helen Pellerin & her husband the late Bob of Billerica, formerly of Wilmington, Grace O’Brien & her husband Bill of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Arthur Rosenberger & his girlfriend Suzanne Merrill of Arlington and the late Thomas Rosenberger, dear friend and companion of Helen Silversmith of N. Mexico, special uncle of Elaine Byron & her husband the late Frank, Linda Rosenberger, Joey Rosenberger and his wife Lori, Michael Rosenberger & his wife Amy, Susan Horgan & her husband Bill, Jimmy Maher & his wife Lisa, Laura Rosenberger, Susan Pellerin, Sharon Eads & her husband Stewart, David O’Brien & his wife Cheryl, and the late Terry Rasmussen and Danny Maher.  John is also survived by many cousins and grand nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, April 7th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, 796 Boston Road, Billerica at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, April 6th from 5-8 p.m.  Donations in John’s memory may be made to the St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, SD, 57325.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “John J. Rosenberger”

  1. Trisha Leonard says:

    Grace, I am so sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. Praying for God’s peace and comfort during this time.

  2. Anne & Wes Dean says:

    Grace, Bill and al the Rosenberger Families, we are saddened by the passing of John. Our prayers for peace and understanding. May God comfort you all during this sad time.

  3. Laura Rosenebrger says:

    John was a brilliant, curious, opinionated and kind man. He hungered for art, politics, and debate. I loved him, very much.

    We shared a lot in common yet could always find something to argue about. His mind was a sponge and he opened it fairly to any idea that was presented to him. But, damn you if you presented an opinion you couldn’t back up. His wicket wit and whip smart response would cut you off at the knees.

    I regret not having spent more time with him. Always meant to, and always thought we’d have time. But last December, he went for a walk and we didn’t find him until last week. You just never know when some one will leave you.

    Spend the time, get to know the people who inspire you. Uncle John absolutely inspired me. I’ll go to films, talks and museums and think of him every time.

    Cheers to you, John and everything you’ve taught me. God Bless and Godspeed.

  4. Susan Pellerin says:

    Dear Uncle John-
    My heart is broken to pieces. This is hard for me to write but I am so grateful that we at least know where you are now and can have that little bit of closure. You were counting down the days for two years for retirement, I’m so sorry it was cut so short. It will never be the same without your constant aggravation lol. You made all of our family gatherings so special because you are one of a kind. I love you with all my heart and you will be forever sorely missed.
    Rest in Peace my Brother.
    Love Susan

  5. Samantha Sheldon says:

    Helen and Sue,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know we are all here for you in your time of need. Let us know if there is anything we can do.
    Jo, Pat, Samantha and Anna Jo

  6. Joe and Sheila Ruskauff says:

    Dear Grace, Our deepest sympathy on the death of your dear brother. I know everyone involved hoped and prayed for a happy ending but now you know for certain that he is happy with his Father in heaven. We will talk upon your return home. I hope your knee is feeling OK.
    With our love and prayers,
    Joe and Sheila

  7. Susan Horgan says:

    What to say… John was ,as others have written, unique. His sense of humor was wicked and witty at the same time. I remember fondly family get together’s and debates with John, who won most of the time. He was super intellectual. He travelled all over, and shared his trips with all of us. Such an amazing life- gone too soon. He will be sorely missed by all.

  8. margaret hoeft says:

    I just read of John’s death in the RETIREE NEWSLETTER published for the Coast Guard NOAA, and PHS. I have known him since the early 1980’s in Ft. Defiance but lost touch about 5 years ago. I would like to speak with one of his family; if that is possible. I am quite shocked, and sad.

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