Baldwinsville Theatre Guild founder passes away

Rosemary S. (Sinnett) Nesbitt, 84, passed away Sunday Aug. 2, 2009 with her family by her side in Oswego.

Born on Oct. 12, 1924, in Baldwinsville, to the late Matthew and Mary Louise Sinnett, she was educated in the Baldwinsville schools as a child, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a major in theater in 1947.

Mrs. Nesbitt founded the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild in 1942, the oldest continually performing community theater group in New York State.

She was a college professor for more than 40 years, educating students at Wells College, Syracuse University, and SUNY Oswego. In 1955, Mrs. Nesbitt married George R. Nesbitt Sr., who predeceased her in 1971. They moved to Oswego in 1959. There she served as the director of the Oswego children's theater for 20 years, during which time she authored 15 plays for children.

Mrs. Nesbitt's devotion to children is also revealed in the two historical novels she wrote for children: The Great Rope and Colonel Meacham's Giant Cheese.

In addition to her professional activities, she also was very active in civic affairs and volunteerism.

A public funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary of The Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Oswego. There are no calling hours and internment will be private. A public celebration of Rosemary's life will be held Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. in Breitbeck Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the H. Lee White Marine Museum, West First Street Pier, Oswego; St. Mary's Restoration Fund, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego; or the United Way of Greater Oswego County, 1 S. First St., Fulton.

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