Rose E. Willemain, partner in real estate firm

December 05, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Rose E. Willemain, a former partner and vice president of a Baltimore County real estate development firm, died Nov. 26 at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from a heart attack. The Phoenix, Baltimore County, resident was 84.

Rose Elizabeth Grant was born and raised in Greenfield, Mass. After graduating from Greenfield High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology in 1945 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

In 1945, she married her college sweetheart, Bernard Willemain, and in 1948 the couple moved to Towson when he took a job as deputy director of planning for Baltimore County.

In 1955, they moved to Dulaney Valley and later established Amherst Corp., a real estate development firm.

Mr. Willemain died in 2000.

Mrs. Willemain, who was an avid reader, maintained a lifelong interest in medical science, philosophy, literature and politics.

She also enjoyed gardening.

Mrs. Willemain was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 103 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Surviving are five sons, David G. Willemain of Columbia, Richard K. Willemain of Louisville, Joseph Willemain of Rayville, Stephen H. Willemain of Cockeysville and Nicholas J. Willemain of Phoenix, Baltimore County; nine daughters, Susan R. Robertson and Christina Rose Luipersbeck, both of Hagerstown, Lisa Radomsky of Long Green, Mary Cooley of Eugene, Ore., Martha F. Willemain and Barbara F. Willemain, both of Mount Washington, Karen W. Powder of Hampton, Va., Joan P. Willemain of Baltimore, and Janet Willemain of New York City; 38 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Another son, Jonathan Willemain, died in 1971.

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