Rosemary Antone dies; Helping people was her life story


Farmington Hills resident Rosemary Antone, an instrumental force in metro Detroit’s Chaldean community, died of cancer Friday at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. She was 67.

Born July 15, 1941, in Telkaif, Iraq, Rosemary Lossia moved to Michigan at age 9.

She graduated from Visitation High School in Detroit and later married Zuhair Antone on Sept. 4, 1966. The couple lived in Southfield and eventually moved to Farmington Hills. They raised four sons. The eldest, Richard (Rick) Antone, died in 1995.

For more than 40 years, Mrs. Antone served the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity in Farmington Hills. She held several positions, including volunteer, executive board member and president. She also was the first person to serve as chair of the Chaldean Cultural Center in West Bloomfield, which is slated to open in the spring.

“She was just such a remarkable and giving person. Her whole life was devoted to service to God and the needy and the community,” said her son Tony Antone, 39, of Bloomfield Township. “She would just seek out people who were in need and try to help them. And that was the story of her life.”

He said when he recently told his mother she would be remembered as an ambassador for Christ, she said she preferred to be remembered as a “servant to Christ.”

In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Antone is survived by sons Jeff Antone of Northville and Steve Antone of Bloomfield Township; her mother, Naima Lossia of Southfield; two brothers, John and George Lossia, and eight grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. today and Monday at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 Twelve Mile in Farmington Hills. A funeral service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Five Points Community Church, 3411 Walton Blvd. in Auburn Hills