Rose Ettlin

[ Age 92 ] Child of Russian immigrants was a bridge player and mother of four.

February 06, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter

Rose Ettlin, a homemaker and devoted bridge player, died yesterday at Northwest Hospital Center of complications after a series of falls. She was 92.

Born in Baltimore at 1002 E. Pratt St., Rose Rebecca Caplan was the eighth child born to Russian immigrant parents. She lost her mother to influenza in 1919. Her father, a tailor, remarried - to a widow with three daughters - and they, in turn, had another daughter, raising the large family in a Collington Avenue rowhouse.

A talented student and athlete at Eastern High School, she was among the last surviving members of the Class of 1931.

She worked for several years to help support her family before she married Ben Ettlin, also a child of Russian-born parents, in 1934.

The couple lived for two decades on Royce Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, where they raised two sons, before moving to Milbrook Park Apartments. For several years, they owned a condo at Delray Beach, Fla., residing there from late fall until early spring.

Mr. Ettlin, a retired clothing store manager who was a founding member of the Baltimore Ostomy Association, died in 1989.

Since 2003, Mrs. Ettlin had lived at the Weinberg House apartment building in Pikesville. Though she was limited in hearing and eyesight, she kept her mind active by playing bridge several times a week.

"She was fiercely independent and refused to give up her apartment until she was hospitalized in late January," said a son, David Michael Ettlin of Pasadena, the night metropolitan editor of The Sun.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Also surviving are another son, Jerome "Larry" Ettlin of Pikesville, a retired Baltimore public schools teacher; two sisters, Zelda Mignogna and Mary Potash, both of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

The headline on the obituary for Rose Ettlin in yesterday's editions incorrectly noted the number of children she had. Mrs. Ettlin was the mother of two sons.

The Sun regrets the error.

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