Rosemary Hunt, 85 of Clay County, died 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at her home east of Brazil.
Geneva Rosemary Hunt was born to Otis and Ruth Scharf Schopmeyer on July 4, 1919 near Poland in Clay County, Indiana. She was raised on the family farm along with her older brother, James. She attended Poland Elementary School and participated as the only girl on the school baseball team. She was active in 4-H, winning the Blue Ribbon at the Indiana State Fair for her Shropshire sheep.
She graduated from Brazil High School in 1937 and was accepted into Chicago's Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1940 as a Registered Nurse.
In December of 1941 she met 2nd Lieutenant Norman Hunt in the lobby of Michael Reese Hospital. Rosemary and Norman were married at Zion United Church of Christ in Poland, Ind. on March 22, 1942. Over the next few years they moved to duty stations in Virginia, Washington, and California as Norman was transferred with the U.S. Army. When Norman was sent to New Jersey in preparation for transfer to England, Rosemary and their baby son, Norman Jr. (Jerry) moved back to Indiana to await Normanís return.
Following the war, the Hunts purchased a large property, house and barn at the east edge of Clay County along U.S. 40 where they raised 12,000 chickens. In the mid-1950s, Rosemary and Norman opened a popular restaurant on their property along U.S. 40. It quickly became one of the best known restaurants along the National Road. Later they added a motel to Hunts' Pleasant Acres. With the opening of I-70, in 1968 the restaurant and motel were closed and converted to apartments and Rosemary returned to nursing.
During her nursing career she worked at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Bluffton Hospital in Ohio, Clay County Hospital in Brazil and Union Hospital in Terre Haute.
Rosemary has enjoyed attending her yearly nursing class reunions in various cities throughout the United States and participating in the Clay County RN Club, Florence Nightingale Club, Brazil Women's Reading Club, Woman's Guild of Clay County and Thursday Afternoon Club. Both Rosemary and Norman were active members of the church in which they were married 62 years ago. They were also members of the Clay County Historical Society, Preservation Association of Clay County, National Road Association, and the National Road Alliance.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Schopmeyer.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Norman J. Hunt, Sr.; one son, Norman "Jerry" Hunt, Jr. and his wife Hiroko of Reston, Virginia; one daughter, Norma Rose Murphy of Indianapolis; two grandchildren, Norman J. "Chip" Hunt III of Brazil and Julie Ann Milks and her husband Ray of Indianapolis; and one great grandchild, Austin Wayne Hunt. She is also survived by two nephews, David Schopmeyer and his wife Nellye and Ivan Schopmeyer.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Moore Funeral Home with a brief memorial services at 5:30 by the nurses of the Clay County RN Club and Florence Nightingale Club. On Sunday, visitation is at the church for one hour before the funeral services. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Zion United Church of Christ in Poland with Rev. Adin Rodgers and Rev. Marvin Deerhake officiating. Burial will follow at the Zion Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Zion United Church of Christ, 3005 N. Bowling Green Poland Road, Poland IN 47868. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.