Joseph Gilmor Rowley Sr., 88, furniture buyer

March 22, 2004

Joseph Gilmor Rowley Sr., a retired furniture buyer, died Wednesday at Sinai Hospital of complications from a stroke. A former Gaywood resident living at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Towson, he was 88.

A Baltimore native, he graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in 1933 and from the Baltimore Business College.

Mr. Rowley worked for Shavitz & Sons, a furniture company, before enlisting in the Army in 1941 and serving for nine years. He was in the counterintelligence corps and was stationed in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. During World War II, he participated in campaigns in Normandy, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was a sergeant first class when he received an honorable discharge.

Upon his return home, he worked for Retail Stores Service for several decades, as a buyer and merchandiser for furniture, outdoor equipment and electronics. In retirement, he was a consultant to the company and a notary.

Mr. Rowley was an active member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore. He served as treasurer of the Ushers Society and assisted at church fairs and in building repairs.

He married Elva Sisson in October 1943. She died in 1981.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday at St. Pius X Church.

Survivors include a son, Joseph G. Rowley Jr. of Freeland; a daughter, Jane G. Rowley of Baltimore; and a sister, Dolores E. Rowley of Towson.

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