Rose A. Walsh, 90

Homemaker, volunteer

June 21, 2007

Rose Antonette Walsh, a homemaker, died of Alzheimer's disease complications Monday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The former Idlewylde resident was 90.

Born Rose Antonette Shilback in Baltimore and raised on Pratt Street, she attended city public schools and then earned a diploma at a cosmetology school.

After moving to Coldspring Lane, she opened a beauty shop at 43rd Street and York Road, which she ran through the 1940s.

Mrs. Walsh was a member of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish in the city. She later moved to Regester Avenue in Idlewylde and was a founding member of its community association. She helped raise funds for the community hall.

She was a volunteer at Stoneleigh Elementary School, Immaculate Heart of Mary School and Mercy High School, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and Union Memorial Hospital.

A member and former officer of the Ladies Auxiliary Ancient Order of Hibernians, she traveled to Ireland twice and helped arrange the group's fashion shows.

Her husband of 38 years, John Joseph Walsh, a printer for The Sun, died in 1976.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph Anthony "Tony" Walsh of White Marsh and John Philip Walsh of Mineral, Va.; a daughter, Roseann Walsh Hicks of Timonium; and a grandson.

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