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FLETCHER ROSEMARY FLETCHER Atlantic Beach A large community of family, friends, and students said goodbye to a beloved artist, teacher and inspiration, Rosemary Fletcher, as she passed on July 13, 2011. Rosemary, who served most recently as Director of Dance at Florida State College Jacksonville (FSCJ), was a dedicated and spirited artistic leader and beaches resident for the last 20 years. Rosemary Fletcher led a truly vibrant life and inspired countless others to do the same. When in her presence, in her radiance, you couldnt be anything but joyous. She sparked a flame in everyone she touched-from strangers on the street to the thousands of students she taught and the many friends and dear family she held close. She was both a perpetual student and a tireless teacher, but above all, she was a lover of life; all who knew her wanted to dance with her just to feel the wonder and excitement she carried with her everywhere. After attending Woodstock by chance, Rosemary was prompted to spread her wings and try new things. She began her dance training in New York and New Jersey studying the Graham technique. She continued her education on the West Coast and received her BFA from Western Washington University and her MFA from Arizona State University. Upon graduation, Rosemary formed the Bridge Dance Company that performed in cities around the world. In order to pursue her love of teaching, she moved to Kentucky to become Director of Dance at Murray State University. There she met and married the love of her life, Jamie Fletcher. Together they moved to Jacksonville in 1991 and she began to teach at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Jacksonville University. In 1997, Rosemary came to FSCJ to start a dance program. Under her direction, the program grew from two to 18 classes, and now serves over 300 students each semester. Rosemary also founded danceWORKS, the student performing company of FSCJ. As part of her extensive community outreach, Rosemary created team-building workshops for Jacksonville corporations and the Dance Educators Program to teach children in Duval County schools. She was also a founding member of the Downtown Dance Forum. And, in her own community of Atlantic Beach, she founded the First Night New Years Eve celebration, which provided fun for families for many years. Rosemarys love of dance, teaching and community was surpassed only by her love of connecting with family and friends in deep and meaningful ways. She and her husband, Jamie, enjoyed a very devoted and adventure-filled marriage and raised a loving son, Ian, of Chicago, IL., who is carrying on Rosemarys legacy of community service through his graduate studies in international aid. Rosemarys extended family includes her best friend and sister, Barbara (Casper) Cardona of Wellington, FL, Barbaras husband, Cesar, and their children, Andrea and Cesar, and grandchildren, Joseph, Jack, Gabriella and Lilliana. Rosemary is also survived by her brother, Robert Duke Casper of East Hampton, NY, his wife, Suze, and their children, Chris and Jennifer, as well as her brother, Richard Casper of Morristown, CO, his wife, Susan, and their children, Kristen and Jonathon. Rosemary was predeceased by her parents Grace (Coughlin) Casper and Richard Casper. The rich and beautiful life of Rosemary Fletcher will be celebrated on Friday, July 22nd, at 4:00PM at Community Presbyterian Church, 150 Sherry Drive in Atlantic Beach. There will be a reception at the church immediately following the celebration. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Rosemary Fletcher Dance Education Endowment, which will help support and serve dance students for years to come. Donations can be made online at www.floridastatecollegefoundation.org. (Please indicate In memory of Rosemary Fletcher or Rosemary Fletcher Fund.) Checks may be sent payable to: Florida State College Foundation, Rosemary Fletcher Dance Education Endowment, Attn: Rebecca Faiella, 501 W. State Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Services under the direction and care of: Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on July 17, 2011
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