Rosemary E. Frantz “graduated” on April 12, 2018, while a resident of Teton Peaks Assisted Living in Driggs, Idaho. The family wishes to thank the TPAL staff and Encompass Home Health & Hospice for the wonderful care and support Rosemary received in her final years and months.
Rosemary was born to Harold and Edith Stoy in Pocatello, Idaho in 1929. She lived in Pocatello until her father, a captain in the Idaho National Guard, was called to active duty during WWII. While he was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Rosemary met Charles L. Frantz, a young solider also stationed there, whose dance band performed at the officer’s club. Upon the Stoy family’s return to Pocatello, Rosemary studied at Idaho State College. She and Charles married in 1949 in Pocatello at Trinity Episcopal Church, where both of Rosemary’s grandfathers served during the early 20th Century, one as the parish priest, the other as Archdeacon of Idaho.
In June of 1971, Rosemary & Charles moved the family from the Chicago area to Driggs, Idaho, where for Rosemary it was a coming home as her parents were still residing in Pocatello. The Frantzes opened the Indian Paintbrush Gift Shop downtown and a year later bought the Pines Motel, moving the gift shop to the motel office. Rosemary and Charles ran the motel together until 1991 when they sold it to daughter Nancy and her husband John, who continue to serve as proprietors today.
When she turned 60, Rosemary embarked on a new adventure; she learned to ski at Grand Targhee. For over 20 years she enjoyed the hill, wearing her ski coat that bore the saying, “You don’t stop skiing because you get old; you get old because you stop skiing.”
Rosemary is survived by her children Connie (David) Schmidt of Lake City, FL, Marsha Plumlee of Manchester, NH, Alan (Bonnie) Frantz of Pocatello, ID, Nancy (John) Nielson of Driggs, ID, and Paul (Elizabeth) Frantz of Marsh Valley, ID. Her other living relations include her sister-in-law Mary Carolyn Pugmire Stoy, a nephew and five nieces, 26 grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren. Rosemary is preceded in death by her husband Charles, son Bruce Eric, parents Harold & Edith Stoy, brother Charles Stoy, nephew Charles Stoy, Jr., and son-in-law John Plumlee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Bruce E. Frantz Memorial Fund or the Harold & Edith Stoy Memorial Fund at the Idaho Youth Ranch (PO Box 8538, Boise, ID 83707-9921). A Celebration of Life service will be scheduled for late summer in Driggs, Idaho.