Rosemary Marx

Published 2:13 pm Friday, January 18, 2019

Rosemary Engerran Marx passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the age of 103, surrounded by her family.

Rosemary is survived by a son, Barry Louis Marx (Wendy); daughters, Deborah Craig (Stephan) and Marsha Ingram (Denis); plus eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Louis Marx; sister, Myrtle Engerran Dittmer; mother, Marguerite Babin Engerran; and father, Claude Neville Engerran.

Rosemary was born on April 25, 1915, in the small town of Garyville. She moved to Bogalusa when she was just 2 years old, where she remained for her entire life. Rose spent countless hours helping her father in the family drug store where he was the local pharmacist.

Rosemary met her beloved husband Louis when she went to work for M Marx & Sons. They decided to slip off and get married while he was waiting to receive his orders to serve overseas in World War II. They returned to Bogalusa following the war to raise their three children and run M Marx & Sons. After the business closed, Rosemary worked as the office manager for Berenson’s men store until her retirement. Rosemary used to love to tell stories about all the wonderful dances she and Louie attended together — always the last to leave the dance floor.

After 103 years on this earth, there isn’t a person in or around Bogalusa who did not know and love Rosemary Marx. She was the life of every party as an active member of the Golden Girls with the Bogalusa Country Club for Mardi Gras, an avid bridge card player, lifetime (and oldest) member of Annunciation Catholic Church, golfer, bowler, French Club Member, past Civic League President. There are many, many more that included numerous volunteer services.

She was also thrilled to be honored with the St. Louis Cathedral Medal of Order.

Rosemary was a lifelong sports fan as well. She spent hours cheering on the LSU Tigers in both football and baseball, the Houston Astros and of course the New Orleans Saints. She knew all the players, stats on each and all the plays they should be making if the team wanted to win the game. No one cheered louder for these teams than Rosemary Marx.

Rosemary Marx is the textbook definition of living life to the fullest. She never met a stranger, loved spending every second of the day with her friends and family not to mention having a social life we all envied. She was a true angel on earth, a devoted Catholic who would quietly help those in need while making sure everyone around her was happy. We are all better people for having known Rosemary Marx and the loss of this amazing woman is profound.

Visitation was at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., with the rosary at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued Friday, Jan. 18, at Annunciation Catholic Church from 9 a.m. until the funeral mass at 11 a.m. The Rev. Father Daniel Brouillette officiated the service and entombment followed at Sanctuary of Peace Mausoleum.

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In lieu of flowers, you may donate to Annunciation Catholic School or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.