Rosemary Hsu

April 14, 1955February 18, 2020

Rose Sweeney Hsu (affectionately known as Hee-Hee and Ro Ro), 64, passed away at home in Catonsville, MD on Tuesday, February 18th with family by her side. She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Albert; her son Joe and daughter-in-law Maria; her daughter Cathy and partner Lucas; her daughter Becky; and her grandchildren, Matthew, Oobie, and Thomas. She was preceded in death by her son Matthew Chen.

Rose was born on Staten Island, NY to Regina and John G. Sweeney on April 14, 1955. She was beloved by her large family, including her 9 siblings, 38 nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Rose, in turn, cared for and cherished her family and dear friends. She was a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, Williams College, Northwestern University, where she earned a Masters in Education, and the University of Michigan, where she earned a Masters in Economics. She was by nature a life-long educator, touching the lives of everyone she met through her teaching, tutoring, and church involvement. She was a champion of people with disabilities. She loved spending time with her younger sister Terese, with whom she shared a unique bond. They had a lot of fun together. Rose found strength in her Catholic faith and loved books, music, singing, gardening, sign language, genealogy, and walks with her husband and dog Benny. She will be greatly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:15 a.m. at The Mount, home of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, on Saturday, February 22, 701 Gun Road, Baltimore. Arrangements by Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, Inc. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oblate Sisters of Providence,


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 22, 2020


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Leonard Oppenheimer

March 11, 2020

My hearfelt condolences to your family on Rosemary's passing. Rosemary was my friend when we attended Roosevelt Jr. High and Cleveland Heights High School.

I attached our Jr. High Yearbook photo which includes Rosemary and her 9th Grade "Last Will and Testament", leaving an antique Latin text to her teacher.

May her memory only be for a blessing and may her ripples of family and good deeds continue to inform the lives she touched.

Ken Leinbach

March 6, 2020

To All of Rosemary's Family,

It's with shock that I just received the news of Rosemary's untimely death. We were close friends at Williams College from 1973-7, sharing many evenings of libations and repartee about academic and topical issues. She stood out as smart among the many high achievers at Williams, graduating Magna with honors, and was a calming influence on many of us during that turbulent time. She was always gentle and kind with a wonderful singing voice and piano playing talent. I will always remember her laugh which only came out on special occasions and lit up the room and my heart. We all loved her, and will miss her soul's glow.

Josie Penn

February 26, 2020

To the family members (and Bennie) of Rose,

My name is Josie. I am Bennie's half brothers Mommy. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss Rose so much. She and I talked each morning at UMBC/ELI, more so about Bennie and my dog Cougar, but also about her awesome family.

I am sorry I could not be at the service. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have donated to a fund we are collecting at the ELI for the sisters in Rose's name.

My deepest sympathy,
Josie Penn

P.S. Maybe Bennie and Cougar can get together and play one day.

Lamont James

February 24, 2020

From the Kitchen Staff at Christ Deaf UMC:

Our condolences to the Hsu family. In the short time she volunteered in our kitchen , we found her to be a warm and kind individual . She will be sorely missed.

Wilma Groethe

February 23, 2020

What a beautiful obituary. Maria Hsu is my niece and her mother in law sounds like a lovely person. We only met once, at Maria and Joe's wedding. A great sense of love and warmth was felt. I read this and am thankful for the life she lived, God graced to her. It sounds like she sought and lived, her God Given Spirit, and God was pleased. My sympathy ,with continued love and faith to all. May her love and presence , visit and stay, a lovely God given gift. May all who knew ,loved and will be inspired by her ...feel her heart and love each day.
God Bless Aunt Wilma

Deirdre Barvenik

February 23, 2020

Our condolences to the entire Hsu family. Your warm welcome touched all of us when we were new to the block, and our children share tons of happy memories. Rose had a dynamic intellect and a knack for passing along the love of learning to both her children and her students. We welcomed her calm everyday presence on our cul-de-sac.

All our love,

The Barveniks

Raza Hasan (Neighbor)

February 22, 2020

It is a very sad news about Rose. Her care and kindness for her family, dog and neighbors was on display every time I saw her. As an HOA Block Representative, Rose has always been there to help with neighborhood concerns. May God bless her soul and give comfort to her family.

Kate Hasting

February 21, 2020

I am stunned and saddened by the news.
Rose is a beautiful soul and will be remembered with love by many.
I lost my mother almost a year ago, on February 24, 2019, and because I can’t attend tomorrow’s service, I would like to send virtual hugs to Rose’s family members, especially her kids. I know the pain. It becomes more tolerable and less frequent with time. Take things slowly for a while if you can. Take deep breaths, talk to her, remember good times with her, laugh, cry, and take some more deep breaths 🤟 She always lit up and smiled when she talked about her children and grandchildren. Her deep love for all of her family was apparent.

Maan NoorElahi

February 21, 2020

This came as awfully terrible news. Ms. Rose is one of the sweetest people I have ever met, and certainly one of the finest professors. She had loving students from all around the world, me among them. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Reem Sultan

February 21, 2020

My heart is so heavy, and I never forget about her. She is one of my favorite professors. She always helped me how to improve my learning English language. She was always friendly in the class. Her lecture was really good and clear, and she wanted to help her students to improve their second English language. I was so lucky to have a professor like her. May her memory be a blessing.