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“I remember Dr. DeLoach as a most kind, fun, and interesting person. She was my advisor at NMU in the early 1960's. But I also considered her a...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Bob Verran - Port Huron, MI

“Rosemary was such a beautiful person and I feel my mom was so lucky, along with us, to have her as a friend. God bless you Rosemary. We love you. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: pat stratton polazzo - Menominee, MI

“When my sister and I were young, we used to go to Rosemary's home on the lake to paint with her. She always said we helped her to "not be afraid to...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Ann Gephart - Marquette, MI

“Jean, Your mom was a wonderful person and I am sorry to hear of her passing. She always welcomed us into her home for "Bishop Baraga girls" slumber...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Kathy Smith Shannon - Wyoming, MI

“I have so many wonderful memories of Grandma Rosemary. I remember being little and visiting the Lakewood Lane house, canoeing on the lagoon,...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Rachel DeLoach - Denver, CO

“I have such wonderfully warm memories of visits with Grandma and Grandpa as a child...chilly swims in Lake Superior and hours of sand play and other...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Cecilia DeLoach Lynn - Washington, DC

“When I think of Rosemary, I think of her warm wonderful smile!She always took time to share a word or two with me. A positive person whose faith just...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Lynn Hicks - Marquette, MI

“Rosemary was a warm, wonderful woman, and we were glad to know her as a friend. We will be praying for her and her family. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Margo & Paul Gualdoni - Roanoke, VA

“Rosemary was a warm, wonderful woman, and we were glad to know her as a friend. We will be praying for her and her family. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Margo & Paul Gualdoni - Roanoke, VA

“We're sorry to hear of the passing of Rosemary. She was a delight to visit with at Brookridge. Thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Lois Kampe & Bob Malette - MI

Rosemary DeLoach, Professor Emeritus at Northern Michigan University, went home to the Lord Saturday morning, October 22, 2011 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living in Marquette. She was 88 years old. Rosemary was born April 18, 1923 in Marquette to Joseph and Edna (Bjork) Leonard. She graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in 1944, earned her B.S. in Business Education from Northern Michigan College in 1944, and earned her M.A. (1957) and PhD in Education (1968) from the University of Michigan. A veteran, she served as a Lt. j.g., US Navy Reserve, and was stationed at Cambridge, MA and the Navy Radio School in Monterey, CA. While stationed at Monterey, Rosemary met Dr. Eugene Cummins and they were married in 1946. They moved to Hollis, OK where she was widowed in 1948. Rosemary and her infant daughter returned to Marquette where she worked at Northern as a bookkeeper-manager of the business office from 1949 to 1953. She left there to teach at Escanaba High School in the Business Education Department from 1953-57, returning to teach in Northern's School of Business in 1957. Moving downstate, she taught at Eastern Michigan University from 1967-76, then returned to NMU where she taught until her retirement in 1985. Rosemary married Duane DeLoach in May 1966. They lived in Blissfield, MI where Duane was the editor and publisher of the Blissfield Advance. In 1976, Duane retired and they moved to Marquette. Rosemary was active in numerous organizations, both professional and community. She was a former member of St. Louis the King Catholic Church and a current member of St. Michael Catholic Church. Rosemary is survived by three sons, Vincent (Martha) DeLoach of Memphis, TN, Joseph DeLoach of Traverse City, MI and Beau (Ellen) DeLoach of Ann Arbor, MI; daughters, Jean McLean of Marquette and Judy (Thomas) Peele of Allegan, MI; a brother, John Joseph (Anne) Leonard of Tucson, AZ; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; daughter's-in-law, Lu DeLoach of Ann Arbor, MI and Char DeLoach of Farmington; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband's, Guy Eugene Cummins in 1948 and Duane DeLoach in 1988; sons, William and Thomas DeLoach; a daughter, Margaret DeLoach; and sister, Ann. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home. A parish prayer service will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by a recital of the rosary. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. in St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. Larry Van Damme officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mary Grove Retreat Center in Garden, Michigan or the Bay Cliff Health Camp. Memories of Rosemary may be shared at