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Novella “Novie” Faith Claiborn

Nov. 15, 1996 ~ May 20, 2020

Services will be held:

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

John Thomas “J.T.” Honeycutt

May 23, 1938 ~ May 23, 2020

Services will be held: May 29, 2020

Pansy Greer Wood

October 16, 1935 ~ May 26, 2020

Services will be held:

Alma A. Fuquay

October 29, 1926 ~ May 22, 2020

Services will be held: May 25, 2020

Delores Irene Caskey

July 1, 1939 ~ May 21, 2020

Services will be held:

Lyman Danziel Gregory

January 1, 1931 ~ May 21, 2020

Services will be held: May 27, 2020

Linda Grice Byrd

July 7, 1938 ~ May 20, 2020

Services will be held:

Ted Darrell Austin

February 17, 1930 ~ May 19, 2020

Services will be held: May 23, 2020

Rosemary Tysko Hornak, Ph.D.

August 26, 1951 ~ May 16, 2020

Rosemary Tysko Hornak, Ph.D., 68, of Garner, beloved grandmother, mother and wife, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, May 16, after a courageous, albeit short, battle with cancer.

Rosemary was born in Wheeling, WV, the daughter of John and Genevieve Tysko (deceased). She grew up in Martins Ferry, OH and attended St. John Central High School, Bellaire, OH where she played French horn in the school marching band. She received a BS degree in Psychology from Wheeling College and went on to earn Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from The Ohio State University. She and her husband moved to Raleigh when she accepted a teaching position at Meredith College.

Rosemary served Meredith for 34 years, retiring in 2011. Rosemary was a person of tremendous capacity, creative vision, high standards, voracious reading habits and wide ranging interests. During her time at Meredith, Rosemary was the recipient of both the Pauline Davis Perry Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Laura Harrill Presidential Award. She presented the 1983 Faculty Distinguished Lecture on Women’s Achievement: Spiral of Success. Rosemary’s most lasting legacy of which she was proudest was her scholarly collaboration with students. Rosemary supervised more than 80 student papers, all presented at professional meetings. Her former students are psychologists, educators, entrepreneurs, and faculty members and many of those same students she valued as dear friends.

After she received a hammered dulcimer as a Christmas gift, Rosemary became an accomplished player. She attended numerous workshops including the Swannanoa Gathering and the Sandbridge Dulcimer Retreat where she studied and played with many other talented musicians and composed and sang her own arrangements as well.

A tribute from a fellow dulcimer player called Rosemary a leader and facilitator and a vibrant force in growing the hammered dulcimer community in the Triangle. She facilitated monthly dulcimer jams in the 1990s and 2000s and usually set the bar a notch higher for her fellow musicians to aspire to. She and another local musician formed their own group, Sound Memory.

Her other interests included tending her colorful gardens, playing bingo and trivia with friends, rooting for The Ohio State Buckeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers football teams and caring for her two Keeshond dogs, Tempo and Lyric.

What gave Rosemary the greatest pleasure was spending precious time with her five year old granddaughter, Hazel. Whether playing dolls, reading books together or pretending to be a vet to the puppies, Rosemary loved and cherished every moment with Hazel.

Rosemary is survived by her husband, Raymond, her daughter, Eva and son-in-law Josh Snapp of Garner, her granddaughter Hazel, and her brother, John and sister-in-law, Janis Tysko, of Athens, OH and niece, Joanna and nephews, J.D. and Joseph.

Visitation at the Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 1200 Benson Rd., Garner, will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Wednesday, May 20 (limited attendance to 50 persons, including family). A private graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 21, at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh where Rosemary’s parents are interred. Due to restrictions resulting from the Corona virus, a celebration of her life will be planned for the anniversary of her passing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation or your favorite charity.

Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner. Online condolences may be made at www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com


May 20, 2020

2:00-4:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner
1200 Benson Road, Garner, NC 27529

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, guests will be limited to 50 persons, including family members.


May 21, 2020


Historic Oakwood Cemetery
701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh, NC


  1. Ken Kolodner

    Her many “music” friends in the hammered dulcimer world are so saddened by the loss of Rosemary. Rosemary first attended my class at The Swannanoa Gathering 20+ years ago. She took dozens of classes from at Swannanoa, “Sandbridge” and elsewhere. She was a huge devotee to our Sandbridge retreats in Sandbridge VA. She would always come up with a song or a poem to embarrass me (in a very good natured way)! Rosemary loved beautiful tunes and especially the music of the Irish harpist and composer O’Carolan. Nearly every Sandbridge, I would select an O’Carolan piece with Rosemary in mind. We share so many memories of her smile, laugh and love of our community. We will miss her so. These are such awkward times but we are planning to honor her memory at our Fall Sandbridge via zoom.

  2. Carol Hill

    Rosemary was a great person. I will miss her smile, hugs, and songwriting talents. It was a privilege to call her friend.

  3. Jennifer Ripperger

    Your love of life was contagious! You will be missed. Thank you for all the kindness and wisdom you shared. Prayers for peace and healing for all your loved ones as they lay you to rest and celebrate your life.

  4. Debbe Markle

    Ray and family it is with a saddened heart that write this brief message. Rosemary will be missed from the Eagle Ridge community. As a fellow member of the Eagle Ridge book club we will miss her interesting presentations along with her unique book selections such as tea parties and Xmas parties. We will miss her warm smile and laughter at many community events such was bingo, Emtpy nesters and Santa’s Christmas with here family

  5. Jeanne Gebhard

    Sincere Sympathy thoughts and prayers to Ray, Eva, Josh, Hazel and family. The legacy Rosemary left behind is so filled with precious memories for all to enjoy for years to come. Rosemary and I shared the love of the “Color Pink” thus gifts I gave to her were always sparkly pink items. Rest In Peace Pink Friend!
    Jeanne M. Gebhard

  6. Gene and Betsy Conti

    We are truly saddened by this news. Rosemary was a wonderful friend, mother, wife, grandmother, and teacher. We extend our love to Ray, Evie, Josh, and Hazel, and all of her friends and family. We will miss seeing her and feeling her joy and enthusiasm for life.

  7. Frank and Sally Haines

    Ray, ur wife, a great lady and friend will always be in our hearts. We will pray for you and ur family! If we can do anything, please let us know!

  8. Lauren Zingraff

    To Evie Hornak Snapp: I have many warm memories of wonderful times with you & your beautiful Mother at Meredith College. We grew up on campus & had lots of fun. I will always remember your Mother’s welcoming spirit, her smile & gift of encouragement. Sending heartfelt condolences & my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Forever in heart.

  9. Bess Crider

    When I took my daughter to visit Meredith College, Rosemary gave us a personal tour, all because I was a fellow Hammer Dulcimer player. We met at Swannanoa Gathering. She was such a generous person, but you could also feel the high standards she held just by standing next to her. I am so very saddened by her death and know that the hole in your hearts (and ours) will never be filled. I am so grateful to have moved in the North Carolina circle of Hammer Dulcimer friends, so that we got to see each other a few times a year. Now she’s playing in the heavenly Dulcimer band.

  10. Melinda Campbell

    Condolences to all. I am deeply saddened. Rosemary was a special colleague to me at Meredith. I have missed seeing her on a regular basis but know how very much she was treasuring time with her beloved family. She was so special in many ways – a true mentor to both students and faculty, a gifted teacher, a visionary, a giver of time and energy toward the greater good, a talented musician, an idea generator, and a fun and cherished friend.

  11. Jim and Pam Murphy

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ray, Eva Josh and Hazel. Rosemary will be missed in the Eagle Ridge Community. I remember playing trivia at the Eagle Ridge Clubhouse with Rosemary and more often than not she had the answers to the questions and also recall her many insights from the Eagle Ridge Book Club. She played the hammered dulcimer at a tea at the clubhouse and she was indeed a very talented woman.

  12. Bruce and Tami Bright

    As I mentioned earlier, it feels as though one of our “streetlights” has been extinguished. Rosemary’s smile was a boost in the day and visiting her and Ray when out with the pups was a highlight for us. We will miss her dearly. To Ray, Evie and Hazel – hold those precious memories close – may those, the love of your family and friends and God comfort you.

  13. Anne Gilliam

    Our sincere condolences to the Hornak family on the loss of Rosemary. My husband Mike, daughter Jennifer, and I have fond memories of being your neighbors on Merrie Rd. when Evie and Jennifer were in high school together. Holding you all in our hearts and prayers. God bless you.

  14. Gary Chandler

    Always remember that Rosemary is still around living in our hearts and in our minds. She will not be forgotten. My prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

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