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Rosemarie Austin

June 28, 1936 – December 25, 2013

Rosemarie Austin, known fondly as “Rose”, age 77, of Wilmington, DE passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.

Rose was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 28, 1936, and was a daughter of the late Hermann Folgel and Helen Nock. She made her career as a secretary with Child Inc., located in Wilmington, and retired after 20 years of dedicated service. Rose, along with her husband, were active in the horse racing community at Delaware Park, where they owned several race horses. Above all else, she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend who will be dearly missed.

Rose is survived by her husband of 42 years, William A. Austin; son, David Painter of Wilmington, DE; and sister, Dolores Genaldi of New Jersey.

Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Rose’s name be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  1. Dorothy Bradshaw, December 26, 2013

    Rose was a woman of great grace and strong character. She organized highly successful fund-raising social events, moving easily among all levels of power and privilege, to benefit Child, Inc., to which she was devoted. Despite physical challenges the last 15+ years of her life, she remained the active, gracious, loving person well-known and loved by many. Her sense of humor was delightful and her loyalty to family and friends everlasting.

    I’m grateful that she dances freely now, unhampered by the earthly bonds that once held her.


  2. Ruth & Frank DiBenedetto, December 27, 2013

    We are so sorry to hear of Ro’s passing. We were schocked when we read the paper this morning. We will never forget your friendship and loving ways. She will be missed terribly. We are so thankful we spent time wih her Monday before Christmas. It won’t be the same without her by my side at D.P. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Bill.
    Love, Ruth & Frank

  3. Gale and Rob Duncan, December 27, 2013

    Dear Bill,
    Had not been aware that Ms Rose had been ill.. was so sorry to her of her passing on Christmas Day.
    Please accept our deepest condolences for you loss.. We truly found her to be such a nice lady and always sweet to our daughter, Taylor, while she was growing up.
    If we can be of any help in any way… don’t hesitate to let us know

  4. Dennis Grimes, December 28, 2013

    Bill, Your friends at Starbucks have you in our prayers.

  5. joe colonna /3southwick dr, December 28, 2013

    bill sorry to hear of rose my she rest in peace. joe&anne marie.

  6. Joe and Anne Marie Colonna, December 28, 2013


    Sorry to hear about Rose. May she rest in peace.

  7. Yvonne, December 30, 2013

    Dear Bill,
    I was so saddened to hear about Rose’s passing. I hope you will find peace in the wonderful memories you shared thoughtout all your years together. Please give David my condolences and know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Yvonne from Child Inc.


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