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Hildegarde Owen Rose Dahl

AGE: 97 • Bay Head

Judy, as she was known, was the daughter of the late Willis Miley Rose and Hildegarde Owen Rose. She was predeceased by her husband, Werner F.J. Dahl, her brothers, Gilbert White Rose, Henry Martin Rose II, and her sister, Dorothy Dunham Rose DeLaGarza.

Judy grew up in Montclair and summered in Bay Head. She graduated from the Kimberly School, attended National Park College in Washington, D.C, Sweetbriar College, and graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a Bachelor's degree, where she also received her Master's degree.

Her professional career included teaching theatre arts in Wheeling, West Virginia and working in the rare books library at Princeton University. She also promoted knitting skills by creating "Mitten Kits" for Columbia Minerva. Her talents and education were clearly wide-ranging, demonstrating how ahead of her time she was.

Her avocations were also multi-faceted; notable were her knitting and needlepoint skills, for which she received many awards. She loved dogs; her devotion to her Dachshund's was well-known. She sang in the choir at All Saints' Church in Bay Head for many years, and was also a member of the DAR. One of her greatest loves was sailing. She was a lifelong member of the Bay Head Yacht Club, where she was known for her sailing skills and love of the sport, which she imparted to many through mentoring and teaching the skills necessary to race and win. Judy had numerous trophies for sailing; after her racing days ended, she still participated by working on the race committee. She also championed the history and activities of the yacht club, especially their annual talent show, the Bubbles. She worked both behind the scenes and onstage for the Bubbles show throughout the 1930's, 40's and 50's, echoing her love of theatre; she was still a participant onstage in her 90's. Judy also loved humor in all its forms, and is endowing a Chair in the Theatre department at the University of North Carolina, appropriately named for her love of humor, irony, and Dachshunds- the "Paradachs" chair.

Judy had nine nieces and nephews, 12 grand nieces and nephews and 18 great-grand nieces and nephews. She also had many good friends, who valued her wry sense of humor, straightforward outlook, and genuine caring. She will be missed.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25th, at 11:00 at All Saints' Church, Lake Ave., Bay Head, NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 12, 2017
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