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Stevenson, Rosemary (7/2/1936 - 1/3/2017)

By Grand Rapids Press

Rosemary StevensonRosemary Stevenson of Nunica, MI. was received into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. She played for the Grand Rapids Chicks in the women's professional league that was featured in the movie "A League of Their Own". At a time when women had limited opportunities in professional sports, Rosemary never ceased to believe they could achieve their athletic goals. [Along with her league mates, she was recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1988] and the Upper Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. She played and coached softball for 51 years all around the Grand Rapids, Zeeland, Muskegon, and Upper Michigan areas. 

She coached Little League and Pony League boys baseball for four years. Rosemary also was sports coordinator for the Caledonia-Kettle Lake area Youth, Every Woman's Place/Webster House, and the Grand Rapids Girls Rocket softball. She encouraged girls and boys alike to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals! 

Rosemary loved her Lord, her life, and her family and friends. She reached out and touched many hearts and lives through her work and active involvements. She was a graduate of Pickford High School and Aquinas College. She retired from Michigan Bell Telephone Co. after 34 years and also had worked for the Greater Muskegon Catholic Schools for five years. She was a member of the Michigan Bell Pioneers, a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Coopersville and a past member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Caledonia. She was active in many Catholic organizations, was a Bible and CCD teacher. She also served on many church commissions, was a Stephens minister, Dominican associate, a Communicant, and Cursillist. She had also served on many township board committees. 

She was born July 2, 1936 in Stalwart, MI. to Samie and Anna Stevenson. She is survived by two sisters, three brothers, and a brother-in-law. She is also survived by her special friend, a foster son, his son, and several nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, a brother, and a sister-in-law. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Coopersville with Rev. Father Ayub Francis Nasar as celebrant. Visitation was held Thursday, January 5, from 4-6 p.m. at the Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services, Spring Lake Chapel, where a scripture service was held at 4:30 p.m. Interment was in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery in Goetzville, MI. Memorial contributions in memory of Rosemary may be given to Friends of the Orphans, or Grand Rapids Dominicans, or St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church.  

Photo courtesy of Donna McLin.

Contributed by: Donna McLin
Submitted on: 01/05/2017
Copyright: Grand Rapids Press, 1/5/2017

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