Genevieve "Frenchie" M. Rose, 88, of Eldersburg, died Monday, June 9, 2014, at Transitions Oakland Manor Nursing Home in Eldersburg.
Born Aug. 8, 1925, in Granville, France, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Eude Lovet. She was the wife of the late Lee Sylvester Rose, whom she married in 1946.
She met her husband after the Allies liberated France, fighting that savaged her homeland. She traveled to the United States alone and was soon joined by her husband after he fulfilled his military commitment.
After the birth of their first born, she spent her working career behind sewing machines and cutting tables. She was a seamstress as well as a designer of projects using many types of materials and fabrics.
Her career spanned more than 60 years. She worked a 40-hour-a-week job and many times arrived home to work additional hours in her basement shop. She often worked weekends unless there was part-time work seamstressing at other locations around town in need of help.
Her first job was at "Johnny's Used Cars" in Baltimore City. She fabricated and installed convertible tops and sewed and upholstered car interiors.
Her second job was at C.R. Daniels in Howard County, where she sewed and upholstered projects. In the 1960's she worked on a NASA project that was sent to the moon and is currently there today. In 1972, Hurricane Agnes swept away C.R. Daniels Company into the Patapsco River.
Her next job was at Almos Boat Canvas and Cover Company in Glen Burnie, where she enjoyed working from 1972 until 2000. Occasionally she went to job sites to take measurements because the customer could not bring the boat to the shop. Some of her work projects were boat interiors, canvas covers, V-Berths, the Governor's Yacht, Inner Harbor Cruise Ships, Friendship Airport visitor areas, airplane interiors, pool covers, restaurants and more.
When she could not commute the long distance for work she decided to retire from Almos in 2000. She then went on to get a part-time job closer to home with Josh Levin Inc. in Randallstown. By 2007, she wanted to spend quality time at home and began taking part-time work in her basement shop until her final retirement in 2009.
She enjoyed playing Scrabble and doing crossword puzzles. She was of the Catholic faith.
Surviving are three sisters in France; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Lakeview Memorial Park, 2724 Liberty Road, Sykesville, with Deacon Paul Cooke officiating.
Cremation arrangements were handled by Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel in Westminster.
Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com
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