Mildred Rowse Walck
Nov. 5, 2018
Mildred Rowse Walck, 99, of West Friendship, Md., passed away Monday.
She was the wife of the late Gordon Walck.
Born May 24, 1919, in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late John and Florence Rowse.
Mildred graduated from high school and attended business school. She joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, where she did administrative work. She joined because, at the time, the United States was asking for one person from every family to help with war effort. She served in the Navy in Washington, D.C., for one year, then went back to Hazleton. Mildred then took a job as an executive secretary for the Pennsylvania Power and Light Co.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, giving all of her time and love to her family, and will be sorely missed by all. She also loved cats, especially her cat Tiger. In her spare time she used to read murder mystery books, was a great knitter, loved music and had a great vocabulary. Mildred will be remembered as a beautiful white/ gray haired and petite woman. She had eight teeth, all originals, and could chew pretty well. She was very mobile, although at times a little shaky. However, she could still manage to tend to her bathroom needs and needed some assistance with a shower; she had a slight fear of water in her face. Mildred was also hard of hearing and had muscular degeneration of both eyes. One thing she loved was talking and observing people.
She met her husband, Gordon, at the dances that were held in town. They were soon married. Gordon also served in World War II in the U.S. Army. Upon leaving the Army, he obtained a job with Walter Reed Army Medical Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. They then both purchased a charming house in Silver Spring, Md., where they raised their two children.
She is survived by her children, James Walck, West Friendship, Md.; and Kim Smith and husband, Dan, West Friendship, Md.; and granddaughter, Christa Hocutt and husband, Byron, Jacksonville, Fla.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence and Mary Lou, and her brother, James.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.