Rosella M. Beeler, department store saleswoman

Rosella M. Beeler, a retired department store worker and homemaker, died of pneumonia Oct. 4 at Manor Care Health Services in Ruxton. The Campus Hills resident was 91.

Born Rosella Mary Fischer in Baltimore and raised on Kenwood Avenue in East Baltimore, she attended Archdiocese of Baltimore parochial schools.

As a young woman she began ice skating at the old Sports Centre on North Avenue. She appeared in Mike Martin's Ice Carnival and in a Baltimore Gas and Electric ice show.

During World War II, she worked in the accounting department of the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

In 1942, she married Charles W. Beeler Jr., an amateur golf champion and tile company owner. They lived on East Cold Spring Lane until moving to Campus Hills in 1955.

Mrs. Beeler worked in sales at Hutzler's Towson in the 1950s and 1960s. She later worked in a similar capacity at the Hecht Co.

Mrs. Beeler was a cook and often made sour beef and dumplings and spaghetti as she entertained family and friends. She also enjoyed sewing.

In the 1980s, she joined the Country Club of Maryland, where she played golf and won awards in its nine-hole group.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Ware Avenue in Towson, where she was a member.

Survivors include two sons, Charles W. Beeler III of Dundalk and Bruce M. Beeler of Perry Hall; and a brother, Andrew C. Fischer of Virginia. Her husband of 59 years died in 2001.

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