Rose L. Macer, 77

Uniform presser

May 06, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Rose Louise Macer, a retired uniform presser who was the matriarch of her family, died of heart disease April 29 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The West Baltimore resident was 77.

Born Rose Louise Coplin in Baltimore and raised on Harlem Avenue, she was a 1948 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

She was a presser for 30 years at the Eastern Overall Co.

Mrs. Macer was an avid newspaper reader who also read the Bible and novels. She also hosted family gatherings.

"She lived in the same home for 60 years, and she took care of many children in her North Pulaski Street neighborhood," said her granddaughter, Michelle Macer of Woodlawn. "She was a devoted mother who imparted her wisdom throughout her family and neighborhood."

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday at Unity United Methodist Church, 1433 Edmondson Ave.

Survivors include three sons, Alonzo Macer Jr., Mitchell Macer and Andre Macer, all of Baltimore; a daughter, Karen Macer-McDonald, also of Baltimore; a sister, Lillie Street of Randallstown; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. A son, Reginald Macer, died in 1985. Another son, Robert Macer, died in 1998. Her husband, Alonzo Macer Sr., whom she married in 1947, died in 1990.

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