RoseMarie Kathleen Hurley (Trew/Buzby)
RoseMarie Kathleen Hurley (Trew/Buzby) died peacefully in her sleep on March 29, 2021, in Hilo, Hawaii.
RoseMarie was born in Stepney, London, England, where she grew up in the shadow of WWII and was seriously injured as a young child when her home was bombed during the Nazi Blitz. She recovered and went on to become a professional entertainer in London before she met and married an American entertainer, John DiBene, and moved to America — and ultimately to Kodiak.
RoseMarie moved to Kodiak with her second husband, Sam Buzby, and she loved Kodiak. When she wasn’t doing books for Kodiak Alaska Western Airlines, RoseMarie was closing real estate transactions at Western Alaska Land Title Company or providing professional secretarial services to local businesses as a certified PSS. But she was best known as a fixture in the Kodiak performing arts scene — singing at the Kodiak Inn, co-leading the Kodiak Family Singers, and performing in or managing countless local shows.
She retired to Hilo, Hawaii, in the mid-80s where she got her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Hawaii, Hilo and became a farmer, a teacher, and a Commissioner on the Hawaii State Commission on Status of Women.
RoseMarie was predeceased by her sister Paddy Thompson, her brothers Michael and Anthony Trew, her husband James Julian Hurley and her daughter Leslie Danielle Buzby. She is survived by her daughter Trudie Ann DiBene Kirkland and her son, John Steven DiBene. An online celebration of RoseMarie’s life will be held in September; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to attend or send condolences.