Herman Mairose Jr., 94, GM inspector, gardener

July 26, 2005

Herman Mairose Jr., a retired General Motors Corp. inspector and tomato gardener, died of pneumonia Saturday at his Middle River home. He was 94.

Mr. Mairose was born in Baltimore and raised in Middle River. He attended Baltimore County public schools until seventh grade, when he left after his mother's death to help support his family.

Mr. Mairose worked as a welder at Bethlehem Steel Corp's Key Highway shipyard, then was an inspector at General Motors' old Broening Highway plant for 28 years, until his retirement in 1973.

Mr. Mairose was known for his home-grown tomatoes and liked eating them fried, accompanied by generous slices of home-baked butter bread, family members said.

He volunteered and marched with the Phoenix Majorette Color Guard and Drum Corps during the 1970s and 1980s, and had been a fundraiser and costume designer for the Middle River Majorettes. He also had been a Little League coach for years.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting pool and watching Orioles games.

Mr. Mairose was a member of Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ, 7146 Golden Ring Road, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Surviving are his wife of 75 years, the former Marie Anna Ermer; four sons, Allen K. Mairose of Greencastle, Pa., and Bruce Mairose, Gary B. Mairose and Darl W. Mairose, all of Middle River; three daughters, Joyce E. Lake of Weddington, N.C., and Janice B. Lane and Darla M. Smith, both of Middle River; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

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