Mil­dred Rowse Walck

Nov. 5, 2018

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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.

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