Rosa was married on March 22nd, 1947 to Robert J Linsley. Surviving is one child; Dennis (Leslie Stoens) Linsley and one daughter-in-law Patti Linsley of Peoria, two grandchildren; Ryan (Katlyn) Linsley and Jay Linsley, and one great grandchild, Dawson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two children; Robert B. Linsley and Carol Ann Linsley. Also preceded in death are 2 brothers, Walter and Raymond Fisher and two sisters Isabell Adams and Bertha Morse.
In 1933 at age 10, Rosa played with Farrow (Little) Chickens. Moving to the big team in 1938 at age 15 at second base. Farrow Chix were State Champions 1939 and advanced to the national tournament at Soldier Fields in Chicago. She played one more year with the Chix. In 1941 she started playing for the Cat Dieselettes. She played for Cat from 1941-1946. Rosa’s father, (Shug), was coach and then manager in 1943 leading the team to a fourth successive State Championship and Regional title in Fort Wayne, Indiana with a National Tournament appearance.
She played one more year in 1946 with the Laramie Street Coalettes, a spin-off of the Farrow Chix. While with the Chix in 1939, at age of sixteen, then Commissioner Baumgarden called her “the best women second baseman he had ever seen” and he was entering her into the Hall of Fame of Illinois. While with Caterpillar, she was offered a contract to play in the women’s Professional Baseball League with the Rockford Peaches. Rosa also participated in several bowling leagues and tournaments.
She retired to become a wife and mother. She enjoyed watching her two sons and grandsons play sports. Later, in life, she enjoyed visits with her new great grandson, Dawson, watching the Cubs and Bears on T.V.
Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10 a.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bartonville with Father David Heinz officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home with scripture reading at 4:15 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Illinois Alzheimer’s Association or St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. To express online condolences, or view the memorial DVD, please go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com