Thea Almen, 88, reader, theatergoer, secretary...

July 26, 1998

Thea Almen, 88, reader, theatergoer, secretary, teacher

Thea Almen, a homemaker who was an avid reader and theatergoer, died of pneumonia Wednesday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 88.

She had spent most of her adult life in Annapolis, where she was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, but in recent years lived in Delray Beach, Fla.

The former Thea Nelson was born in the Bronx and attended the New York City Teachers Training School.

She was a secretary for the Interborough Mutual Insurance Co. and later taught grade school in the New York City school system.

She married Nils Erik Almen, who co-founded the Annapolis Yacht Yard, a company that produced PT boats and submarine chasers for Britain and the Soviet Union during World War II. Later, he owned the Freezer Box Division, a firm that made walk-in commercial freezers.

In 1968, the Almens began living part of the year in Delray Beach.

After her husband's death in 1984, Mrs Almen became a permanent resident of Florida, though she spent much of the summer months visiting family in Maryland.

She was a member of the Literary Society of Palm Beach, Fla., and enjoyed the theater and reading novels and poetry by the beach.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Martin's Lutheran Church on Forest Drive in Annapolis.

She is survived by two daughters, Lynette Engelke of Annapolis and Mona Lankford of Baltimore; a son, Neal Almen of Chestertown; a sister, Edna Janz of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Mabel N. Mosberg, 92, nursing school housemother

Mabel N. Mosberg, a former housemother at the Franklin Square Hospital School of Nursing, died Thursday at Continuum Care at Sykesville. She was 92 and had suffered from osteoporosis and emphysema.

Mabel N. Muir was born in Oriole, Somerset County, one of 10 children of William L. Muir Sr., a ship chandler, and Margaret Adeline Bozman, a homemaker. The family moved to Baltimore in 1914, settling in the Patterson Park area.

In 1935, she married Jennings C. Mosberg of Buckeystown, an officer with the Baltimore Police Department who was a sergeant when he died in 1959.

She lived for many years in Edmondson Village and, for the past 26 years, in Eldersburg.

Mrs. Mosberg is survived by her daughter, Margaret Adeline Korona, and son-in-law, John Ed Korona, both of Eldersburg; and her sister, Olive Hesse of Ellicott City.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, Route 32 between Sykesville and Eldersburg.

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