Rose Marie Klaus(1942-2004)
Rose Marie Klaus, (T-6), born in 1942, was from Garfield, NJ. She attended
St. Mary’s High School in Rutherford, then graduated with a B.A. from
Douglass College in 1964.
She joined the Peace Corps immediately out of college and worked at the
Yuvası in Kırklareli
and İstanbul. Afterward, she earned a law
degree and worked for the New York City Police Department.
She died around 2004 of cancer. A friend from her grade school days in
Garfield has been trying to find her to reconnect with their other friends.
Mary Jo DelVecchio Good, (T-6), wrote:
Rose Marie was one of the Turkey-06 volunteers serving in orphanages and
engaged in early childhood education. She was a passionate volunteer.
When I moved to Istanbul from Elazığ to work in the new state orphanage at
Bakırköy, a modernist project of the times, I spent more time with Rose
Marie and Ginny Pearsall Kirkwood who were also serving in İstanbul
orphanages. When I needed a place to live in the Spring of 1966, Rose Marie
and Ginny let me share their lovely apartment in Aksaray. I lost touch
with Rose Marie a few years after we returned from Turkey. I was very happy
to hear the news that she became a lawyer, and it is fitting that she worked
for the NY City Police. I recall Rose Marie as a smart, tough, kind, and
philosophical person -- always querying life.
--Mary Jo DelVecchio Good
Ginny Kirkwood (T-6) sent the photo below and added:
Rose Marie lived with me for the two year tour in Turkey. She was wonderful
with the children at the Çocuk Yuvası
where we served in Kırklareli
during the first year, and during the second year we both worked in
İstanbul but in separate orphanages where she was a good volunteer as well.
She was a committed volunteer who had a sincere interest in the country and
its history and in the job at hand.
Blessings to her. Ginny Pearsall Kirkwood Turkey 6
23 Nisan, 1965. Photo taken for Çocuk Bayramı
With children from the orphanage, Ginny Pearsall Kirkwood is on the left and
Rose Marie Klaus on the right.