Rose Rebsamen, 87, General Motors secretary

March 22, 2003

Rose Rebsamen, a retired personnel secretary who worked at the General Motors Fisher Body Division on Broening Highway, died Tuesday after an apparent stroke at a niece's home in Towson. She was 87.

She was born Rose Mitchell in Flushing, Ohio, and attended public schools in Lafferty and Steubenville, Ohio, and Ambridge, Pa. In the early 1940s, she moved to Baltimore and joined GM's personnel department as a secretary.

In 1948, she married William Rebsamen, who died in 1993.

Mrs. Rebsamen established a women's section of the U.N. Club Auxiliary, an Italian-American fraternal organization. As the first female president of the General Motors Retirees Club, she organized group trips to Hawaii and Europe and oversaw several fund-raising events. She retired in 1969. An avid seamstress, Mrs. Rebsamen made many of her clothes and her niece's wedding dress. She also provided handmade clowns and stuffed bears for senior citizen centers to use for fund raising.

"She had a marvelous sense of humor; her laugh was infectious," said nephew Geno Langellotto. "But she was an extremely modest religious woman."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation, 5212 McCormick Ave., Rosedale, where she was a member.

Mrs. Rebsamen is survived by her sister, Louise Langellotto of Highlandtown; six nephews; and two nieces.

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