Rosemary “Tudy” Lockett, 68, of Park Avenue, Dunkirk, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital.
Beloved wife of 49 years to Thaddeus Lockett, she was preceded in death by her parents, Pearl Buchanan and Willie Donaldson, along with her brother, Henry “Bubba” Donaldson.
She was born April 21st, 1952 in Dunkirk, N.Y. She graduated from Dunkirk Senior High School in1971. Prior to retirement, she worked for Fredonia State University as a custodial worker. In her earlier years, she worked as a secretary for Project Brothers Management LLC. She was a lifetime member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Rosemary was also a member of the Dunkirk School Board 1995-1996.
“Tudy” loved cooking and feeding anyone who walked into her house, where everyone was welcome. Her holiday cooking could feed an army. Her Christmas decorations outside of the house always drew praise from the community. She volunteered every year to decorate the tree at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Her generosity and smile were infectious.
Along with her husband, she is survived by four siblings, Robert “Blue” Donaldson(Sally Walker); Patricia Goodwine of Erie Pa.; Rick (Tracey) Donaldson of Somerset, N.J.; and Teresa (Marc) Seddon of Ilford Essex, England; five children; Judy Lockett (Craig Harvey), of Dunkirk; Steven Lockett (Lisa Szabat) of Arizona; Tyson (Kari) Lockett of Dunkirk; Darnell (Jennifer) Lockett of Tennessee; Casey Lockett (Sarah Kalfas) of Dunkirk; her “fifth son” Matthew (Kacie) Weaver of Dunkirk; and her “sixth son & special nephew” Pete Donaldson of Dunkirk, 11 grandchildren; Rashad (Alicia) Brown, U.S. Army; Devante Lockett, U.S. Navy; Taylor (Calvin) Kinsey, Andre Lockett, Destiny Paredes, Jordin Lockett, Trey Lockett, Danielle Kalfas, DaVanna Lockett, Bronx Lockett and Mackenzie Weaver; five great grandchildren; Hezekiah Brown, Zavier Kinsey, Zuri Kinsey, Zion Kinsey and Kelanie Kalfas.
No funeral services are planned at this time and details for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, Dunkirk.