ROSAMOND AINGER BALDWIN
Rosamond “Roz” Ainger Baldwin, 93, died peacefully, surrounded by family and in her home in Naples, Fla. on October 29, 2021. She was born in Hartford, Ct. on May 30, 1928, the oldest child of Raymond G. Ainger and Marion Power Ainger.
Roz was predeceased by her husband of almost 65 years, Lyman J. Baldwin, Jr., who she met while in high school. She was the beloved mother of Cynthia Freese (Mark) of Round Pond, Me., Pamela Rothwell (David) of Goshen, Ct. and Naples, Fla., and L. Jeffrey Baldwin of Avon, Ct. She was the much loved “Gramma” of Amanda Rothwell of Walnut Creek, Calif., and L. James Baldwin, Nicholas Baldwin, and Bruce Baldwin of Avon, Ct. Roz is survived by her brother Kenneth Ainger (Carol) of Delray Beach, Fla, sister Janice Roman (Paul) of Newtown, Ct., her former daughter-in-law Pamela Treiber Baldwin of Simsbury, Ct., and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Raymond Ainger and wife Catherine of Bantam, Ct., sister-in-law Emily Keregyarto and husband John of Torrington, Ct., sister-in-law Frances Zampaglione and husband James of Goshen, Ct., and brother-in-law Leslie Baldwin and wife Helen of Torrington, Ct.
Roz grew up in Litchfield, Ct., graduating from Litchfield High School in 1945. She went on to earn a B.S. in Social Work from St. Joseph College (now University of St. Joseph) in West Hartford, Ct. in 1949 and a Master of Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1951. She worked as a Medical Social Worker at University Hospital in Cleveland before her children were born. As Roz and Lyman moved from Cleveland to Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Hartford during Lyman’s career and after retiring to Goshen, Ct. and Naples, Fla., Roz continued in social services as a volunteer – teaching children with learning disabilities and visiting hospice patients who had no family visitors on a weekly basis. She also volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and Room Mother when raising her children.
Roz loved her morning coffee, word puzzles, MSNBC, and the color pink. She and Lyman enjoyed traveling, golf, and spending summers near family in Connecticut in their retirement years. Making music was an important part of Roz’s life; she enjoyed the autoharp, guitar and, always, the piano. She played the piano for family Christmas Carol singalongs for many years. And, even weeks before her passing, she continued to amaze us with her ability to play the piano by ear if you hummed a tune for her.
Roz was smart, kind, funny, generous, encouraging, humble, practical, and uncommonly wise. She was someone to whom people turned for advice. She was also resilient. Although she faced several health challenges during her life, starting with scoliosis, her strength, determination, spunk, and even gratitude in the face of these challenges provided us with example after example of how to deal gracefully with the hand you are dealt. She was a trooper.
A graveside service will held at 11:00 am on Saturday July 9 at the Goshen Center Cemetery in Goshen, Ct. To honor Roz’s service to others, the family has created the Rosamond Ainger Baldwin ’49 Endowed Scholarship at the University of St. Joseph, a needs-based scholarship to assist an undergraduate in the Social Work or Special Education/Teacher Licensure programs. Donations in memory of Rosamond Baldwin may be made to the University of St. Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT, 06117.