Bernadette Feeley Rouse, a homemaker and hospital volunteer, died of cancer Thursday at her Timonium home. She was 88.
Born Bernadette Feeley in Baltimore and raised on Guilford Avenue, she was the daughter of Theresa and Jerome Feeley. A 1942 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame, she worked for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. as a young woman.
In 1948, she married Charles R. Rouse, a Navy lieutenant commander and later a Social Security Administration policy specialist. For many years, she and her husband managed four apartments they had built on Fifth Street in Ocean City.
In 1968, on the day her youngest child began school, she began volunteering at St. Joseph Medical Center. She worked in several hospital departments, and her last position was in the emergency room, family members said. She was honored for 40 years of service.
She also was a Eucharistic minister at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where she worked on its social committees and belonged to its bridge club. She distributed gifts to the needy at Christmas through the parish and also helped count the weekly offerings. She also assisted elderly and infirm members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame at Villa Assumpta.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.
Survivors include five sons, Charles O. Rouse of Baltimore, David G. Rouse of Rodgers Forge, John M. Rouse of New Freedom, Pa., Mark C. Rouse of Towson and Thomas J. Rouse of Timonium; a daughter, Eileen R. Leonhart of Baltimore; a brother, Paul J. Feeley of Timonium; two sisters, Sister Kathleen Feeley and Sisters Theresa Feeley, both members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame; and nine grandchildren. Her husband of 51 years died in 1999.