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Rosa Bludworth Lewis, 86, passed away on March 3, 2014, of complications related to heart failure. She was born in 1928, in Weimer, Texas. She graduated from Southern Methodist University and earned a master's degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin in 1949.
In 1952, she married Frank Lewis and in 1965, the family moved to Toledo where Frank joined the Political Science Department of the University of Toledo. Rosa was employed as choir director at several Toledo churches, including Ashland Avenue Baptist, Collingwood Presbyterian, and St. Michael's in the Hills. A contralto singer and pianist, she was an active member of the Toledo musical community for many years and hosted gatherings of the "Monday Musicale" club. She sang solo performances with other musicians for events at churches, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Peristyle.
In 1980, Rosa earned a PhD in Philosophy from UT with a dissertation titled, "Lifelong Learning in Ancient Greece." She went on to teach music and history courses at Lourdes College, retiring in 1998.
In 2002, Rosa moved from her house in the Old Orchard neighborhood of Toledo to the Kingston Residence of Sylvania. She is survived by her brother, Charles (Mary Lou) Bludworth; her daughter, Susan Lewis (Al Havinga); her son, George (Ann) Lewis and grandson, Walter Lewis.
A memorial service will be held at the Kingston Residence on the morning of Saturday, March 29. Donations in her name should be made to the Kingston Residence of Sylvania Employee Benefit Fund, 4125 King Road, Sylvania, OH 43560.
Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 11, 2014