Rosemary Ribarik of Tisbury died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday morning, March 18. She was 67.

Born on June 15, 1947, Rosemary began visiting her sister Ellie Bates on the Island in the 1970s with her family. After purchasing a home in Vineyard Haven in 1984, she worked for the Chamber of Commerce and later ran a small bed and breakfast with her husband John while summering on the Island.

Rosemary moved to the Island permanently in 2004 with her husband. Since then she continuously volunteered at the thrift shop, food pantry, library and countless other charitable events. She loved giving to the Island community.

Knitter extraordinaire, Rosemary belonged to a number of knitting groups around the Island, contributing many hundreds of hours of work to those in need.

Rosemary is survived by her husband John, daughter Natalie and her husband Ken, grandsons Levin and Bryce, and her sister Ellie. She was a most gentle and generous soul who will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know her.

Visiting hours are Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to noon with a funeral service immediately following officiated by Deacon Karl Buder at the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. She will be cremated and the burial of her cremains will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven. Visit for online guest book and information.