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DANVERS - Mrs. Rosana (Roz) (Welser) Masse, a longtime resident of Danvers, passed away on February 23, 2018. She was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, on February 9, 1921, the daughter of the late Karl and Martha (Kamroth) Welser. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from Lake View High School in 1939. After graduation, she entered nurses training at the Grant Hospital in Chicago, and graduated with the class of 1942 as a registered nurse.
Like many of the young women in the nursing profession, during World War II she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps. She served in a Mobile Army Surgical Unit (MASH) in North Africa and Italy earning the rank of First Lieutenant. She received the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Battle Stars for the Rome Arno and Northern Apennines campaigns. Roz was also awarded the Unit Citation for Meritorious Service and the American Victory Medal.
It was at this time she met her husband, the late Henry Masse of Salem, Mass., he was serving in the same unit in Africa. They were married after the war in 1945, in her hometown of Chicago, and were together for the next 63 years. After living in California for a short time, they returned here to the North Shore, and settled in Salem at first. Roz worked as an R.N. at Salem Hospital in the Maternity Section until her retirement. They were one of the first to build a home in 1953 in a new development in Danvers. She continued living there until her death, across the street from her friend Marie, the only two original residents that were still on the street.
She liked traveling and gardening and shared her late husband Henry's interest in geology. Roz was an avid gardener, and together they designed a Japanese garden for their yard during the 1970s, which she maintained until recently. She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2359 in Danvers Mass. In later years, she thoroughly enjoyed the Danvers Senior Center, and the friends she made and all its activities. She especially enjoyed the times she spent with the nursing students who helped there, sharing her own life experiences as a nurse.
Roz leaves her brother-in-law, Bob Masse, of Topsfield, and a large number of nieces, nephews, all around the North Shore, and her longtime neighbor Marie Deschamps.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Route 62), Danvers on Tuesday, February 27, at 11 a.m., relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours, prior to the service, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Contributions in Rosana's (Roz) memory may be made to the Danvers Senior Center, 25 Stone St., Danvers, MA 01923, and the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on February 26, 2018
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