Melane Wagner Gede, 66, retired teacherMelane Wagner Gede...

October 05, 1998

Melane Wagner Gede, 66, retired teacher

Melane Wagner Gede, a retired Baltimore County elementary school teacher and longtime resident of Reisterstown, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 66.

Born in Rising Sun, Mrs. Gede grew up in Port Deposit and Pikesville and graduated from Franklin High School in 1949. In 1953, she graduated from Towson State Teacher's College and married James A. Gede.

As a young woman, Mrs. Gede studied piano at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Her musical talents were evident in her teaching and her social interests, and she spent many hours entertaining friends and family members.

After attending law school for 1 1/2 years, she taught at Campfield Elementary. She left teaching in 1959 to raise three sons. In 1973, she enrolled at Western Maryland College, earning master's degree in education in 1974.

After returning to Baltimore County schools in 1975, she taught third grade at Timber Grove Elementary in Owings Mills for 18 years. Writing the school song was among her accomplishments there. She retired in 1997.

Burial will be private.

In addition to her former husband, Mrs. Gede is survived by two of her three sons, James A. Gede Jr. of Hampstead and David L. Gede of Reisterstown; and three grandchildren.

Mary Dash Dobbins, 98, health care worker

Mary Dash Dobbins, former head of housekeeping services for two health care facilities, died Thursday of complications from a fall at Williamsburg (Va.) Center Nursing Home. She was 98.

The native of Lonaconing, in Allegany County, moved with her family to Baltimore in 1903 and attended city public schools. She married the late George Dobbins in 1918 and the couple resided in Woodlawn.

In 1971, Mrs. Dobbins returned to Baltimore and, in 1988, she moved to Williamsburg.

She operated a retail poultry business in the Baltimore area with her parents before and during World War II.

In the 1950s, she was head of housekeeping services at St. Joseph Hospital, then located on Caroline Street. She later held the same post at Pickersgill Home. In addition, she cared for elderly patients in their homes until the 1970s.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Jenkins Funeral Home, 4905 York Road, Baltimore.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Dobbins Crane, of Williamsburg.

Pub Date: 10/05/98

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