Dorothea W. Rokos, 92, store fashion coordinator

November 09, 2003

Dorothea W. Rokos, a homemaker and retired department store fashion coordinator, died Monday of complications from a stroke at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Mayfield resident was 92.

Born Dorothea Wildason in East Orange, N.J., she was raised in Bel Air, where her father, Charles Carver Wildason, established a LaSalle automobile dealership on Route 1 during World War I. She was a 1929 graduate of Bel Air High School.

In 1939, she married George Washington Klecka Rokos, a brewery salesman who later opened a commercial real estate business in Northeast Baltimore.

She was a member of her neighborhood's 7th Ward Young Men's Bohemian Democratic Club, where both the Klecka and Rokos families held offices.

Mrs. Rokos later joined Hecht's department store as a sales assistant in the mid-1950s when the store opened its Northwood branch at Havenwood and Hillen roads. She was promoted to manager of its designer dress salon, the Charles Room. She also modeled in and helped stage fashion shows. Family members said she was an accomplished baker and often made cakes for church and charity sales.

Services will be at Bohemian National Cemetery, 1300 Horner's Lane, at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Mrs. Rokos is survived by two sons, Royce Rokos of Cockeysville and the Rev. Michael Rokos of Baltimore, rector of Deer Creek Episcopal Parish in Darlington; a daughter, Georgeanna Rokos of Cockeysville; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson. Her husband died in 1990.

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