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Joan Ann (Hansen) Bearsch, 71

Joan Ann (Hansen) Bearsch passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at the IU Health Hospice House after a brief illness.

She was born May 30, 1942, in Rochester, N.Y., to John and Margaret Hansen.

On Oct. 6, 1962, she started a 50-year adventure when she wed Francis "Frank" R. Bearsch. Fortunate enough to be by his side while he served in the U.S. Air Force, they lived in many different states and countries. Upon completion of Frank's military service, they moved to Bloomington. She was a homemaker who found great satisfaction in volunteering in many different capacities. She loved being a room parent, a pink lady at Bloomington Hospital, helping with Red Cross blood drives and being a Eucharistic minister to shut-ins. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi social sorority for a number of years.

Her experience as an Air Force wife came full circle when she became a Soldier's Angel. She wrote hundreds of letters to soldiers she had never met and often sent care packages, as well. The bonds and friendships she made through her correspondences were powerful. She was dearly loved as a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Her generosity and concern for others were only shadowed by her sense of humor and her ability to keep her grandchildren laughing.

Along with Frank, Joan is also survived by her three children, Kathy (Bearsch) Thompson (husband, Bill), Todd Bearsch and Dee (Bearsch) Parker (husband, Dan) of Brown County; 10 grandchildren, Casey, Tyler and Mick Thompson, Francis (Ryan), Dani, Renner, Pilar and Rayce Bearsch, Johnathon (wife Rachel) Parker and Sarah (Parker) French (husband David); and one great-grandson, Ferris Parker; two brothers, Harry Hansen (wife Sandy) and Rick Hansen (wife Sandy); plus several nephews and a niece.

Visitation will be Monday, Aug. 12 from 10-11 a.m. at St. John the Apostle church, followed by a funeral Mass. A luncheon will be provided by the St. John’s women’s club

In lieu of flowers, she would appreciate a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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