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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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  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West