Rose Ann Campbell, a former X-ray technician who enjoyed dancing, listening to Big Band music and entertaining her family, died Aug. 12 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at Lorien Mays Chapel. The former Hampstead and Westminster resident was 85.
The former Rose Ann Shelitsky, the daughter of John Shelitsky, a coal miner, and his wife, Stella Kacelowicz Shelitsky, was born and raised in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.
She was a 1951 graduate of St. Stanislaus High School in Shenandoah and studied X-ray technology at a local technical school.
In 1956, she married Gene M. Campbell and moved to Waverly. In the late 1950s, she went to work as an X-ray technician at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.
“She liked testing the handsome young test pilots,” a son, Gary Campbell of Catonsville, said with a laugh.
Mrs. Campbell later worked for a decade as an X-ray technician at the old Baltimore County General Hospital, now Northwest Hospital Center, in Randallstown until retiring in 1993.
In 1959, she and her husband moved to a home on Duncannon Road in Randallstown, and in 1988 relocated to a home on Falls Road in Hampstead.
“We’ve been friends for well over 50 years,” said Gloria M. Germano, a Lutherville resident. “I first met her at church, St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville. Our boys played Little League together in Randallstown, and they’re still friends after all these years.”
Mrs. Campbell, who was a devout Roman Catholic, was a communicant of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster. She was also a former member of the Red Hat Society.
She was a fan of Big Band-era music and was especially fond of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, as well as contemporary singers, family members said.
Mrs. Campbell also loved dancing.
“She could only lead and never followed,” her son said. “My father never moved, and she just danced around him and would tell him what to do.”
Husband and wife were both avid Orioles fans and after games liked to go to Phillips Seafood in the Inner Harbor.
“They would sit in the bar near the piano and enjoyed participating in the singalongs. They’d be there for hours enjoying the music,” her son said.
Her husband died in 1999.
Mrs. Campbell enjoyed dressing up for Halloween.
"She loved Halloween, and I always gave a big Halloween party. I have a picture of her on my refrigerator dressed as Elvis Presley. I always admired her inventiveness with costumes, " Mrs. Germano said.
“Rose Ann was just fun, fun, fun,” she said. “She had so much energy and just ran circles around everybody. She never got tired.”
Mrs. Campbell enjoyed convening family gatherings even though cooking was not her strong suit.
“She’d find any excuse to get the family together, and God bless her, even though she was not the best cook,” her son recalled. “Her go-to dish for the last 30 years was baked ziti, so you knew that’s what you were going to get.”
Mrs. Campbell doted on her grandchildren and always kept a stash of Little Debbie snack cakes in her kitchen for them.
She was also a fan of soap operas, especially “Days of Our Lives,” family members said.
In 2016, she moved to Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, and remained living there until moving to Lorien Mays Chapel earlier this year.
Mrs. Campbell had never driven on an interstate highway, her son said. “She much preferred driving the back roads,” he said.
“Rose Ann was just the greatest, and I am going to miss her so," Mrs. Germano said.