Georgene B. Rose

[Age 65 ] Sunpapers employee was known for her easy laugh.

December 02, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter

Georgene B. Rose, a retired Sunpapers maintenance worker who was known for her cheerfulness, died Nov. 25 of renal failure at Mercy Medical Center. The longtime Northeast Baltimore resident was 65.

Georgene Blanche Rose was born and spent her early years in Nelson County, Va., before moving to Baltimore as a teenager.

Miss Rose dropped out of school to help support her family working as a housekeeper. In 1980, she joined the Sunpapers as a janitor in the newspaper's facilities department.

In later years, Miss Rose's duties included delivering mail and newspapers to the publisher's office, and because of her amiable personality and easy laugh, she had friends in all departments throughout the newspaper's North Calvert Street building.

Dressed in a black skirt and white blouse, which she wore with a sweater in the winter, Miss Rose would be spotted one moment on the loading dock, the next in the publisher's office, and an hour later happily breezing through the second-floor newsroom, laughing as she made her way.

"She was a quiet, unassuming lady who was a lot of fun to be around," said former publisher Mike Waller, who retired in 2003.

"She did a terrific job taking care of the publisher's suite every morning, one of her many duties. Even when I came to work some days at 5 a.m., Gene Rose had always been in there first, tidying up and making coffee," Mr. Waller said.

"Every Christmas, we had a luncheon party for the folks working in the publisher's suite, and everybody would order their favorite lunches. Gene was in shaky health with high blood pressure and other ailments, and was supposed to be on a strict diet," he recalled.

"But every year, she would order gobs of Kentucky Fried Chicken and biscuits and gobble them down, laughing all the while," he said. "She will be greatly missed."

"Her hobby was the Sunpapers. Sometimes she'd get up at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. and go downtown to work. She just wanted to be there because she loved the people and so enjoyed her job," said a daughter, Angela Rose of Baltimore, with whom her mother lived.

Miss Rose, who had been in declining health in recent years, retired in 2003.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gethsemane Baptist Church, 2520 Francis St.

Also surviving are two sons, Antoine Rose of Baltimore and Larry Rose of York, Pa.; another daughter, Venus Olivera of Dundalk; two brothers, Aubrey Rose Jr. of Baltimore and Bobby Rose of Edgewood; three sisters, Frances Howard of Bel Air, Margo Graves of Parkville and Shirley Pascal of Westchester, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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