Rosemary Tolar Asta

April 28, 1939 - August 8, 2021

Rosemary Tolar Asta, 82, of Beaumont, passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2021, in Houston, Texas.

Rosemary was born on April 28, 1939, in Hillister, Texas and was the daughter of Thelma Bullock Tolar and John Edward Tolar.  Rosemary was a sixth-generation Texan and descendant of Nancy Tolar Shivers, the great-grandmother of the thirty-seventh governor of Texas, Governor Alan Shivers.  Some of Rosemary’s favorite memories were spending time with her aunts and their feather beds.

Rosemary graduated from Kirby High School in Woodville, Texas and began working with various automobile dealers in Tyler County and Houston upon graduation.  In 1965, she began her career in international shipping and freight forwarding in Beaumont.  She was well known and respected in her industry, owning two companies serving the freight forwarding and ocean transportation industries.

Rosemary was a member of Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica Church, Sabine Neches Transportation Club, Propeller Club Ports of the Sabine and Neches, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and Mary Howell Garden Club.  She was a passionate enthusiast of playing Mahjong on Tuesdays and Thursday with her “Mahjong Girls.”

Survivors include her husband of thirty-six years, Anthony Asta of Beaumont; sons, John Jewel (Bambi) of Forney, Anthony W. Asta of Lumberton, and Christopher W. Asta (Nakia) of Beaumont; grandchildren, John Caleb Jewel (Morgan) of Webster, Sara Madison Asta of Lubbock, and Megan Gibson of Port Neches; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hillister Baptist Church 258 FM 1013, Hillister, Texas 77624 or Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica School, 850 Forsythe, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

A Funeral Mass for Mrs. Asta will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 13, 2021, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A gathering of friends and family will celebrate Rosemary’s life immediately following in the Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica Center.

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John & Judy Bryant

Anthony, John and all of the Asta and Jewell family, we are sending our prayers and love to you all. Rosemary was such a loving, caring person,. We have know Rosemary since 1966, when we were neighbors, in Lumberton. She has remained a close friend for all of these 55 years, leaving us with such great memories. May GOD welcome her into His loving heart and arms, granting her an eternal life as a member of GOD's family, in Heaven.

Fred and Sheila Sachitano

So sorry for your loss. Lots of good memories.

Betty Teel

We had many wonderful times with her and her Tolar family. We had camp outs before Ivanhoe was developed, swimming, skiing, granny Tolar making large pots of seafood gumbo. Following Jack all over Texas and Louisiana car racing. Always a laugh or two. May you Rest In Peace. Prayers for John and family. Betty Teel

Mary Swearingen

Thoughts and prayers to the Family in this difficult time..

Marcel and Linda C Elissalde

Our hearts are filled with sadness at the loss of our dear friend Rosemary. We will treasure our memories of this lovely lady who truly was beautiful on the inside and outside. The moments we shared, her indomitable spirit, her delicious sense of humor, and her grace will stay with us forever. Her life on earth made it a better place.

Jean McFaddin

There are no words to say that would portray our relationship. Best friend, like a sister? Oh no, more than that. For 36 years Rosemary and I have celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day and any other gathering of family, together. She is and was family. She and I talked or texted almost every day. My heart is broken but I know she is with the Lord and in his arms. I will miss you dear one.

Virgil & Fay Martel

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

vincent tantillo jr

sorry for your loss Anthony. I know she is in a better place

Lilli Phelan Bean

Thoughts and prayers, dear Anthony and family.

Jack Langston

Anthony long before you and I played baseball together, Rosemarie's mother was married to my grandad's oldest brother. James J Langston. D (1932). My dad knew Thelma, Marie, and Bertha very well. I have pictures. I did talk with Rosemary couple times, but we never got to share pictures and memories. Very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

mike cacioppo

dear anthony & family, i am so sorry for your loss. rosemary was always such a kind person to me. i thank you both over the years for being part of my st anthony family. prayers, mike cacioppo

Judy Arnold

Tony I am so sorry to hear of Rosemary’s passing I feel blessed to have her friendship in my life Prayer asking God to give you strengthen and comfort in the days to come

Allison Harmon

I am truly sorry for your loss. I will miss our visits.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Barbara & Tom Leicht

Anthony, We are so sorry to read about Rosemary. She was a very fine friend and will be missed by many. May Her Soul and all the souls of faithful departed, Rest-IN-Peace.

Dr Robert Courville

Anthony sorry to learn of your loss. Rosemary was a very sweet and kind lady, my prayers are with you and your family

Van Ngo

Anthony sorry to learn of your loss, Rosemary was a very sweet lady .Thoughts and prayers to the family .

Stella Meza

Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Kathy & Gene Isabell, Sr.

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Rosemary. She was a wonderful friend and our family has great memories of Rosemary.

Sarah snd Mike Matheny

Dear Anthony and John, Our thoughts snd prayers are with you at this time; Rosemary was such a beautiful and gracious person and we enjoyed her friendship these passed years, we will miss all the wonderful times we spent together- she was indeed a special friend. Blessing to each member of her family.

Diane Cannon

So sorry for the loss of your precious Rosemary

Marty Redden

I thought the world of Rosemary, she was a elegant lady and I loved her. Yes Anthony we lost a wonderful person. I’m praying for you losing her i can’t imagine. love always , marty

patsy logan

So very sorry for your loss Anthony prayers for you and your family


I am so very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of watching you both together at these events . She loved and admired you so much . She not only verbally shared that , you could see it in her face and body language at the mention of your name . Anyone can put a smile on another's face . Takes special people to put a smile on hearts. My heart would truly smile watching the two of you together. There are no words that can ease your pain . Only God can do that . May Rosemary live in peace with Jesus and May He comfort you . Until You both hug again . So very sorry Jean . Love, Nakia

Peggy Herndon Kleinmann

I was saddened to hear of Rosemary's passing. She will be missed by her friends and classmates from Kirby High School. My prayers for Anthony and the rest of the family.

Bob Hoffpauir

So very sorry for the hole that is now in your heart Tony and Chris. Ms.Rosemary was indeed a great lady.

Anhnguyet Pham

To my Mi-ma Rosemary, you will remain in our heart forever . Love you. May you rest in peace . Prayer to Anthony and family we love you guys so much . Love Nunu , Hop , Ella and Beckham


She was beautiful, the kindest sweetest person I know, so deeply saddened to lose someone so special. My condolences and prayers are with your family Mr Anthony

John Edel

Sorry for your loss Anthony. Rosemary was a dear friend and she will be missed by all. I loved our talks ( she was a great listener and provider of sound advice) and appreciate all the business that we did together over the many years that we were acquainted. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rest in peace my friend.

Jack Jody & all the Georges

Dear Family, Everyone knew that Rosemary was someone "special" created by God! She was such a loving, caring person that showed an interest to everyone. Rosemary always had a kind word or thought to share or pass along, when you were together; she made you feel important. What a blessing she was and is to all of us! We cry just as "Jesus wept," John 11:35 at the death of Lazarus, His friend. Lord, help us to remember. "A time to cry, and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance." Ecclesiates 3:4 Pleas know ya'll are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless Rosemary


Thank you for all the memories, love and laughter you have giving us throughout the years. Life won’t be the same losing someone so kind, loving and encouraging. You encouraged us to be bad, happy, fun and live life to the fullest. We will miss you. Today will be the final goodbye we will say to you but this will not be the last bc heaven is a better place for you. So until we meet again save me a seat in heaven bc you know and I know I will need it.

Aline Haas Broussard

Anthony and all the family, I met Rosemary years ago while working for Dr. Jepson , she and Anthony were both patients. She was always so very nice and gracious and so very friendly. I know she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. I am so sorry for you loss. My Deepest Sympanth Aline Haas Broussard Burkeville,Tx

Nick LaRocca

Very sorry for your loss Anthony. Rosemary was one of the nicest people i have ever met. Gods peace to you and your family.

Terry Ross

Prayers of comfort and healing for your family!! Rosemary was such a sweet lady and I know she will be missed!