Joan L. Rose, a retired occupational therapist and accomplished needleworker, died of a heart attack Friday at a hospital in Harrisburg, Pa. The longtime Catonsville resident was 79.
She was born Joan L. Curtis and raised in Havens, Kan., and earned an associate's degree in journalism from Columbia College of Missouri. In 1945, she married John G. Rose, a former Baltimore County zoning commissioner who died in 1970.
After her husband's death, Mrs. Rose enrolled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1971.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Rose was an occupational therapist at the Spring Grove state hospital.
A resident of Mechanicsburg, Pa., since 1990, Mrs. Rose was an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels, New Hope Ministries and the Mechanicsburg Museum. She had also volunteered with several literacy programs, teaching reading.
Mrs. Rose enjoyed needlework, especially counted cross stitch, family members said.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Baltimore National Cemetery, 5501 Frederick Ave.
She is survived by two sons, J. Curtis Rose of Harrisburg and James G. Rose of Catonsville; a daughter, Janet E. Larson of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Jean Jones of The Dalles, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.