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Rosemary J. Purfield

March 19, 1916 September 1, 2006
Rosemary J. Purfield
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Obituary for Rosemary J. Purfield

Peoria- Rosemary J. Purfield, 90, of OSF St. Clare, died at 2:10 p.m. on Friday, September 1, 2006 at OSF St. Clare. Born March 19, 1916 in Peoria to Jacob and Rose Fuchs Kelch, she married Robert Purfield on June 6, 1940 in Peoria. He died February 9, 1975 in Peoria. One brother and one sister also preceded her in death. Rosemary is survived by three sons: Thomas (Donna) Purfield of Eureka, Daniel (Betty) Purfield of Henderson, Nevada, and Richard (Pat) Purfield of Metamora. One daughter: Barbara Purfield of Peoria. One sister: Jane (Eddie) Donahue of Charlotte, North Carolina. Seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive. She worked at Bergner’s for twenty years in the fabric department. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church for sixty five years, and was active in it’s Senior Citizen’s Club. Rosemary loved gardening and working with flowers. A Funeral Mass will be Thursday, 11:30 a.m. at her church, the Rev. Msgr. William A. Watson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the mass on Thursday. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria. Memorials may be made to the St. Thomas Building Fund. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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