Rose Margaret Jeschke, age 100, of Silver Spring, MD passed away 15, April, 2022. She is survived by her children, Mark and wife Teresa; Katherine and husband David; and her brother, Richard and wife Diane. Preceding her in death was her beloved husband, Walter; her parents Rose and Pellegrino Fabrizio, her sister, Celeste Michel and her brothers, Michael and Felix.
Rose grew up in New York City and Howard Beach, NY where she attended Our Lady of Grace High School. She volunteered at the Fort Hamilton Military Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, and eventually worked for the Veterans Administration and in the Financial District of lower Manhattan. Rose was so much more. . .she was a voracious reader of non-fiction, especially biographies, and wrote poetry even into her old age. An exceptional mother, cook and homemaker, she never knew a stranger and always made everyone feel welcomed. Married to Walter in 1956, they soon set sail around the world on his Navy tours of duty, and she made lifelong friends wherever she went. Anyone that truly knew her, knew that along with a big heart, she had an expansive mind.
An inveterate tourist, she learned everything she could about the places she visited and relished taking part in whatever culture she found. Always seeking to help her community, she organized the first library at the local elementary school and spent more than 30 years as a Red Cross volunteer, working at the end of that time in the Tumor Registry at Malcom Grow Hospital, Andrews AFB, Clinton, MD. A devout Catholic, she was also active in the Catholic Daughters, serving as historian at St. John’s parish in Clinton. Through her example, and sometimes prodding, she taught her children generosity, the importance of volunteerism, and how to be good citizens.
She loved her entire extended family fiercely and deeply, and we take comfort in knowing that Rose is now at peace and reunited with God.
Visitation at 1 p.m. and a Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ellicott City, MD on Saturday, April 23. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name to the American Red Cross would be deeply appreciated.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.