Rose R. Suit, a former "Towerette" who served up sizzling hamburgers, crispy french fries, generous wedges of pie and cups of coffee to several generations of White Tower customers, died of liver cancer Saturday at Hammonds Lane Nursing Center in Brooklyn Park. She was 81.
She was born Rose C. Giles in Baltimore and raised in Woodlawn, where she attended Baltimore County public schools.
Mrs. Suit began her career in 1952 at White Tower No. 8 on Howard Street, across from the old Greyhound bus terminal. Each Baltimore White Tower had a number.
She also worked at the White Towers on Old Court Road in Randallstown, Park Circle and finally at the White Tower Buttery in Mount Vernon Place, from which she retired in 1982.
When a reunion of former Towerettes was held at the now-closed Peale Museum in 1994, Mrs. Suit remembered pumping away on a manual juicer similar to one that was on exhibit there.
"Many a time I squeezed that durn orange juice out at Park Circle," Mrs. Suit told The Sun. "You squeezed them oranges, you didn't get them out of a can. People wouldn't drink juice out of a can."
"She was an outgoing person who liked her work. It may have been a menial job but she enjoyed it," said a daughter, Shirley Kaliszak of Glen Burnie. "She also liked talking to the regulars and enjoyed eating a White Tower hamburger and some fries once in a while."
In her retirement, Mrs. Suit enjoyed spending time at the Pascal Senior Center, reading mysteries, romance novels and biographies.
"When her sight began to fail, she listened to Books on Tape," her daughter said.
She also liked gardening, singing and bird watching.
Her marriage to Charles A. Suit Sr. ended in divorce.
Services will be held at 8:30 p.m. today at the Raymond C. Fink Funeral Home, 426 Crain Highway S.W. in Glen Burnie.
Mrs. Suit is survived by three sons, Paul J. Suit of Lansdowne, David T. Suit Sr. and Mark H. Suit, both of Winchester, Va.; two other daughters, Betty Jane Donnells of Glen Burnie and Eileen D. Suit of Westminster; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Charles A. Suit Jr.
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