Lena G. Leimbach Rouzee, 98, worked in theaters

Lena G. Leimbach Rouzee, who spent nearly four decades working in area movie theaters, died Thursday of complications from a gastric ulcer at Devlin Manor Nursing Home in Cumberland. She was 98.

Lena Fisher was born and raised in Baltimore, where she graduated from Strayer Business College in the mid-1920s.


She married Albert C. Leimbach, a captain in the Merchant Marine, in the early 1930s. Captain Leimbach was killed in 1942, when his convoy was torpedoed returning from Russia during World War II.

Mrs. Rouzee married Lloyd Rouzee in the mid-1950s and moved from Baltimore with him to Glen Burnie in 1957. She began working at movie houses as a cashier, concession server and manager. Mr. Rouzee preceded her in death.


In 1993, Mrs. Rouzee moved to Cumberland to live with her son-in-law and daughter Shirley Summers. She spent much of her time reading the Bible and crocheting doilies and edgings for pillowcases and handkerchiefs.

She also practiced tatting, a difficult Victorian-era needlepoint technique. "I tried and tried [tatting], and all I do is wind up with a string of knots," said Mrs. Summers, who has a small collection of her mother's creations.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 5829 Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park.

In addition to Mrs. Summers, Mrs. Rouzee is survived by another daughter, Jeanette M. Kern of Glen Burnie; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.