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Albert S. Rosenberger

Birth Date: August 21, 1928
Death Date: October 9, 2017

Albert S. Rosenberger “Rosie”, 89, of Severn, MD, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 with family by his side. Al was born on August 21, 1928 in New Britain, PA to the late Albert and Rella (Bean) Rosenberger. He graduated from Girard College in Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University in New York. He married his lifelong sweetheart, Elizabeth (Betty) Hopstein, in 1951.
Al proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1978. During that time, he and Betty had seven children and traveled the world. From Germany to Pakistan, then onto Okinawa and England, plus three state-side tours – they were always on the move. After retiring at Ft. Meade, Maryland, Al worked for the Department of Defense from 1983 to 1995.
In his spare time, Al loved to bowl and was often recruited for the “base teams“. All of his children learned to bowl at a young age. He never lost his bowling touch even when it had to be amusement park bowling. After retiring, Al and Betty continued their travels around the USA and Canada, visiting their children and grandchildren. He delighted in finding the latest hot toy, whether it was Beanie Babies, Barbie dolls, or Thomas the Tank Engine, for his much-loved grandchildren. He loved a good game of cards and was quick to show his competitive spirit as his many grandchildren will confirm.
Rosie and Betty built many friendships over the years. Many of their closest friends also retired on the east coast. Instead of cards and bowling, the group would gather at the pool or in the evenings for a spirited game of bunko.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters (Martha and Peg) and his loving wife, Elizabeth and son, Craig. He is survived by his son, Randy Rosenberger, of Severn, MD; five daughters, Sheri (Charlie) DeBose of Argenta, IL, Vicki (Ken) Cichocki of Granite Bay, CA, Debra (Steve) Morgen of Windsor, CO, Jill (Jay) Hanchey of Hanover, MD, and Michele (Jim) Uhler of Columbia, MD; and eleven grandchildren – Tegan, Tyler, Chelsea, Jillian, Jeff, Greg, Kristen, Cody, Hope, JT and Zach. Al is also survived by four brothers: Ray (Myra) Rosenberger of Kempton, PA, Roy (Barb) Rosenberger of Camarillo, CA, Herb Rosenberger of Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Dale of Mesa, AZ.
The family gives thanks to all the caregivers and nurses who lovingly helped Al in his last years. Their cheerful dispositions and dedication to keeping him busy with wonderful crafts helped him to more fully enjoy life in his final years.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 7474 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, Maryland on November 9th at 10:00 a.m. Private interment will take place later that day at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Albert’s name may be made to CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Rd, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090.
The family of Albert Rosenberger is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N Oakland Ave, Decatur, IL Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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  1. Chief… thank you. The family enjoys hearing all the kind words from Dad's colleagues and AF family. He loved what he did and we are very proud to call him 'Dad'. Wishing you good health.

  2. Thank you all for the kinds words and memories shared of our Dad. We are enjoy reading your stories and posts. Blessings to you & yours!

  3. I worked for Rosie as a 202 in the S&W Center at Chicksands in the early '70's. He always had a smile, and a certain calmness. He was always good to me and treated everyone fairly. I learned a lot from him (and his whole team). When you spend a thousand mid-shifts (or at least it seemed like it), you get to know a guy… I'm glad I got to know him as he and his "helper" MSGT Dave Shepard helped mold this young airman for the future. RIP Rosie! ~ Mike "Cowboy" Simmons, Kerrville, Texas

  4. 2 fine gentlemen – Al and Roy – keeping a young JEEP squared away on her first tour…Chix was a better place with you guys…

  5. Sherri, I am very sorry that I won't be able to be there. I live in Prosperity, SC and I have to be in Maryland on the 14th for some family business, so one trip of that length in the month is about my limit. I also remarried not long ago and have the pleasure of helping to raise a now 13 year old, the adopted grand daughter of my wife. After raising six children of my own, you would think I would have had enough, but she has fit right in with my other fifteen grand children.

    Your Dad and Mom were sweet people. I am sorry that Kath and I did not get to know them better. But I have to say that most folks in our "Business" were and are very decent, hard working, and respectful of one another and the citizenry of our country.

    It used to be that the NSA and the Service Cryptologic Agencies such as the USAFSS were steeped in much secrecy for good and proper reason. Today, however, there is as you probably know much information floating around. However, to get a bit more perspective on what your Dad was up to during his career, go to NSA.Gov and take time to read some of the old notes and reports that have been declassified.

    Very warm regards to you and all the family.

  6. Jim, I thank you for the kind words about Dad. He was a very humble man and we know so very little about his service to our country (maybe rightfully so). It is so nice to hear how respected he was. I hope we get the pleasure of meeting you this week.
    Sheri (Al's eldest daughter)

  7. A TOUCH STONE, 17 May 2017. The following is an excerpt from a piece written in memory of Kathryn Rae Stevens Kimmett who died in 2008 and donated her body to science. Some of her bodily remains were sailed down the Potomac River in a burning Viking ship, and the rest were placed in a Columbarian vault. Rosie will repose in this place, and one day so will I.

    In Crownsville Maryland, not far from the Capital Annapolis, lies a large, relatively quiet rolling acreage surrounded by forests and near to playing fields and homes. It is a place of memories…it is the Crownsville Maryland Veterans Cemetery that is given over to the interment of veterans, their spouses and some family members.

    The Veteran's Cemetery in Crownsville is a serene place, but nearby from Spring through late Fall, there is the laughter and noise of the young and their parents and grandparents engaged in a variety of sporting activities. I believe that it helps us remember that it is a circle of life, because by late evening most of the laughter has died away, the night sounds take over, and hopefully all peacefully sleep on. Early mornings are awash with the sounds of nature, and even as another work day begins, there remains tranquility at this place of remembrance that can't be disturbed.


  8. I was assigned to Rosie's "Day Shop" section when I arrived at the Grünstadt Germany operational site of the 6910th Radio Group Mobile in the spring of 1959. I had just been reassigned to him after serving the first part of my first tour in Germany for the USAF Security Service at the 6912th Radio Squadron Mobile in Bingen am Rhein. I wasn't there very long when I discovered what a true gentleman Rosie was, what a very smart analyst and mentor he was to the guys who worked for him, and how respected he was as a boss and as a bowler. I had the opportunity and privilege to take a long ride with Rosie and Betty one week end in the Spring of 1960 when I drove them to Paris so that they could take delivery of their new Peugot. When I left Germany in late 1960, I didn't cross paths with Rosie again until he retired and came to work at NSA as a civilian in 1983. A quiet reunion as were many within the "band of brothers" who were the pioneers in the USAF Security Service. A reunion that was marked by conversation carried forward from 1960, a conversation that could have been had just the day before.

    I don't really know any of Rosie's family, but I do know that those who follow in his footsteps are kind and generous, just as he was. I believe he would agree with Henry Scott Holland; "Death Is Nothing At All."

    I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you
    are you, whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
    Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way
    which you always used. Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we
    always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.

    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever
    the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken
    without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

    Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
    There is absolute and unbroken continuity.

    What is this death but a negligible accident?
    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
    just round the corner.

    All is well.

  9. I worked for Rosie when I first arrived in England in 1967. He was well known for his professionalism, dedication, and easy going management style. We spent many midnight shifts together in the Surveillance & Warning Center keeping our fingers on the pulse of the world and ensuring the Communist horde did not have any surprises in store.
    I am indeed sorry to hear of his passing and pray for his family members who grieve him.

    Very sincerely,
    Dave Shepard, CMSgt (Ret)

  10. I first met Al when I was stationed with him in England in the mid 1970s. After, at Ft. Meade, when he and I had long been retired from USAF, he always stopped to speak with me when we met in the PX or commissary. He was a great guy and I remember him well. My deepest condolences to his family.

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