Rosemary Bearce, 93, of Washington passed away at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in her home. She was born on July 26, 1925, to Frank Elsworth Fox and Tillie (Smidt/Smith) Fox in Streator Illinois. After the death of her mother in 1928, she was raised by her maternal aunt and uncle, Dena (Smidt/Smith) Limberg and Harm Limberg on their farm in rural Flanagan.

She joined St. Petri Evangelical Lutheran Church (Windtown) in Flanagan during her youth, and over the years Rosemary related many fond memories of her experiences in Luther League and other church activities including church summer school.

Rosemary attended a one-room school in rural Flanagan and graduated from Flanagan high school. She married LeRoy Slagell in St. Louis on Aug. 13, 1945, and for many years assisted in their farming business in rural Flanagan. 

LeRoy and Rosemary later moved to Washington where they built and subsequently operated Hillcrest Golf Center. After ending their ownership of the golf course, they owned Slagell Realty in Washington, where Rosemary was the office manager. 

Rosemary was always very dedicated to her family and assisted in the care of her two grandsons during their formative years.

Rosemary later married Charles Bearce in Washington on Dec. 23, 1975, and after their marriage, became the office manager of Chuck’s business. Don’s Sweeper Sales and Service in Peoria. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl (Dan) Kinsinger, of Washington and her two grandchildren, Ken of Normal and Lance of Machensy Park. She was preceded in death by her parents, her maternal aunt and uncle, two brothers, two sisters, and both of her husbands.

The family is honoring Rosemary’s request, that there be no services and wishes to express thanks to Dr. Veeder and the staff at the Illinois Cancer Center as well as the OSF Hospice team, including nurses Pam and Michelle for their care for Rosemary during her battle with cancer. 

Memorial donations to honor Rosemary’s life, may directed to Illinois Cancer Care Foundation, 8940 N. Wood Sage Road, Peoria, IL 61615-7822, OSF Foundation/OSF Hospice, 2265 W. Altorfer Drive, Peoria IL 61625, Barbara Olson Center of Hope, 3206 North Central Avenue Rockford, IL 61101-1745, or Third Presbyterian Church, 1221 Custer Ave., Rockford IL 61103.