Rosemary Deem, who turns 99 April 26, will celebrate her birthday at a most fitting place – a bowling alley. After all, she was an avid bowler for about 70 years and is still a big fan of the sport, especially when husband Leonard rolls his stuff at Southern Bowl in Greenwood.
“I started bowling when I was 21,” said Rosemary, who carried a 150 average throughout most of her career. “I quit when I was about 90 because I started to get a little shaky on my feet.”
Leonard, 94, bowls every Tuesday and Wednesday. “I’m his biggest fan,” she said.
The Deems were married May 1, 1954, and resided on the Southside until retiring in Arizona. “We did a lot of traveling back then. We saw the country,” she said. They moved back to Indianapolis in 2001 and reside in Orchard View Estates.
Rosemary recalls that her first job was at a hosiery mill, where she earned 20 cents an hour. “I got a raise when I went to work at RCA for 30 cents an hour. But I quit working after I got married.”
Leonard is retired from General Motors.
When asked about her longevity, she replied, “ No smoking, no drinking and no kids. Although we have ‘adopted’ a few kids at the alley ... or maybe they have adopted us. I don’t know what the case is.”
Rosemary enjoys good health and still likes to cook. “We like to eat at home more than going out.”
Everyone at the alley agrees that Rosemary is a beam of light. “Most of us hope to see her here for years,” Audrey Roach said.