Rose P. Marchione, a retired seamstress who had worked at Stewart's department store and Towson University, died May 31 of complications from an infection at the Charlestown retirement community.
She was 100.
Rose Patacca, the daughter of Italian immigrants, was born in Dennison, Ohio. In 1912, she moved with her family to Giulianova, Italy, and her father served in the Italian army during World War I.
Educated in Italy, she moved in 1929 with her family to Philadelphia. She moved to Baltimore in 1931 after her marriage to Giovanni Marchione, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. steelworker. He died in 1963.
Mrs. Marchione attended night school in Baltimore, where she earned her General Educational Development certificate.
A resident of the Cockeysville-Towson area, Mrs. Marchione became a seamstress at a coat factory in the city and later at Head Ski Inc. in Timonium.
She was head of alterations at Stewart's department store for years before taking a job in the early 1970s in the drama department at Towson University.
"She was the assistant to the professor responsible for making costumes," said a son, Dr. Anthony G. Marchione, former superintendent of Baltimore County public schools, who lives in Hunt Valley.
Mrs. Marchione retired in 1975.
She was a world traveler, and one of her favorite destinations was Italy, where she enjoyed introducing family members to their Italian relatives, her son said.
For years, Mrs. Marchione planned and conducted tours to Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center in the Catskills Mountains of New York.
A resident of the Catonsville retirement community since 2002, she also liked spending time at a cabin she had built in West Virginia.
She had been a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Charlestown, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.
Also surviving are two other sons, Angelo Marchione of Suffolk, Va., and John Marchione of Cumberland; a daughter, Madeline Pecora of Catonsville; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.