Jennie M. Habicht, 101, homemaker, bookkeeperJennie M...

October 15, 1998

Jennie M. Habicht, 101, homemaker, bookkeeper

Jennie M. Habicht, a homemaker and former bookkeeper, died in her sleep Saturday at Meridian Nursing Home in Hamilton. She was 101.

She and her husband, George R. Habicht, whom she married in 1919, bought Kirk-Habicht Co., a Baltimore manufacturer of custom-made industrial springs, in 1947. She was a bookkeeper there from 1948 until the mid-1970s.

The former Jennie Graser was born on a farm near Glen Rock, Pa. She graduated from high school in 1912 and Patrick Commercial School in York, Pa. She moved to Baltimore in 1913 to work for the Baltimore Bargain House.

Mrs. Habicht, who lived in a rowhouse in Hamilton until she was 95, enjoyed traveling and was an active member of Salem Evangelical Church.

Mr. Habicht died in 1967.

Funeral services were held Monday.

She is survived by three sons, Walter Habicht of Perry Hall, Milton Habicht of Abingdon and David Habicht of Glen Arm; a daughter, Dorothy Seigert of Manheim, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Bernard G. Robbins, a partner in a Baltimore development and real estate firm, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at home in Owings Mills. He was 54.

In 1968, he joined Talles Construction Co., a family-owned residential development firm that was founded in the 1920s. In addition to being a vice president of the firm, he was also a partner and vice president of Robbins Realty Co.

The Baltimore native graduated from City College in 1962 and the University of Virginia in 1966, and earned a master's degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He was a member of the boards of Beth El Congregation and the Woodholme Country Club and was a member of Caves Valley Country Club.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, the former Linda Krichinsky; a son, Andrew Robbins of Owings Mills; a daughter, Stacy Robbins of Owings Mills; his father, Irving W. Robbins of Baltimore; and a sister, Arlene Wechsler of Potomac.

Sophia L. Bortner, 87, retired educator

Sophia L. Bortner, a retired educator, died Friday of heart failure at her Northwood home. She was 87.

Mrs. Bortner joined the Baltimore school system in the early 1930s.

She was a vice principal of Montebello Elementary School and principal of Govans and Brehms Lane elementary schools. Mrs. Bortner retired in 1975.

The former Sophia Leutner, who was born in Govans, graduated from Eastern High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Towson State Teachers College in 1933.

She later received a master's degree in education from Columbia University and two master's degrees from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1956, she married William A. Bortner, a Martin-Marietta Corp. engineer, who died in 1971.

She was a member of the Baltimore Camera Club and a communicant of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 2013 St. Paul St., where services were held Tuesday.

She is survived by a son, R. Brooke Bortner of Washington; a brother, John Leutner of Rehoboth, Del.; and a sister, Ruth Tyrrell of Ruxton.

Betty Jean Dorsey, 64, former Coppin accountant

Betty Jean Dorsey, a former accountant at Coppin State College, died Tuesday at Liberty Medical Center of complications from a stroke . The West Baltimore resident was 64.

The former Betty Jean Simpson, a Baltimore native, graduated from Douglass High School in 1952 and attended Coppin State and the former Community College of Baltimore.

She worked as a clerk at the state Department of Motor Vehicles in Glen Burnie from 1958 to 1960 and as an accountant at Coppin State from 1960 to 1982.

In 1965, she married Daniel R. Dorsey, who died in 1990.

Mrs. Dorsey, who enjoyed sewing and cooking, was a longtime member of New Psalmist Baptist Church, 4501 Old Frederick Road, where services are planned for 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by a son, Daniel R. Dorsey Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Leslie Lewis-Harris of Baltimore and Renee Lewis of New York; a brother, Ralph Simpson, and a sister, Lou Doris Spencer, both of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Pub Date: 10/15/98

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