Charlotte Rothe, 79, apartments owner

April 24, 2001|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Charlotte Miriam Rothe, who had owned a North Baltimore apartment complex, died Sunday of cancer at her Homeland residence. She was 79.

From 1958 until the mid-1980s, she owned and managed the Chadford, a 125-unit complex at University Parkway and Roland Avenue.

For 43 years, she was a volunteer at Keswick Multi-Care Center in North Baltimore.

"She was the type of volunteer who you wished you could clone and have 100 of her here," said Mary Pat Marzullo, director of volunteers at Keswick. "All you had to do was mention something, and she was there. She was the kind of person who pushed supply carts around to the residents, and she also sat on our board of directors. She did everything here."

Born in Baltimore, Charlotte Miriam Julier was raised on Belmont Avenue in West Baltimore.

While a student at Seton High School in Charles Village, she became an accomplished ballroom and tap dancer. Her classmates named her the "Eleanor Powell of the senior class" in the school's yearbook, a reference to the movie star and precision tap dancer of the 1930s and 1940s.

Family members said that in the late 1930s, while at Seton High, she regularly danced on the stage of Loew's Century Theatre, a 3,000-seat playhouse on Lexington Street in downtown Baltimore. When word of her dancing reached the Daughters of Charity, the religious order that ran Seton High, a nun telephoned her father to voice displeasure. But her father, who thought the nuns were being overprotective, allowed her to continue dancing.

Mrs. Rothe stopped appearing at the theater in the 1940s but continued to enjoy social dancing at the Mount Washington Club and Greenspring Valley Club.

Mrs. Rothe was active in local history societies. She was secretary to the board of the Constellation, berthed in the Inner Harbor, for more than 20 years.

She served for 35 years on the board of the Flag House Museum near Little Italy. She also had been president of the Maryland Colonial Society.

In 1940, she married Thomas Lee Bateman Jr., who died in 1958.

She married William H. Lloyd in 1965. He died in 1968.

She wed William Turner Moore in 1971. He died in 1992.

In 1996, she married Frank Rothe, who survives her.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Rothe will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St., where she was a founding member.

She also is survived by three sons, Thomas L. Bateman III of Lutherville, James H. Bateman of Parkton and Christopher "Kit" Bateman of Baltimore; two daughters, Deborah W. Patti of Towson and Victoria Lee Bateman of Laurel; a sister, Patricia Young of Manassas, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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