Louisa H. Prem, 98, homemaker, nature loverLouisa H. Prem...

March 23, 1999

Louisa H. Prem, 98, homemaker, nature lover

Louisa H. Prem, a homemaker and former Northwood resident, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Manor Care Roland Park. She was 98.

Mrs. Prem was interested in flowers and animals in their natural state and had visited Africa several years ago. She also took her children on monthlong automobile trips during the summer and visited the 48 contiguous states and many national parks.

The former Louisa Sachs was born and raised on her father's dairy farm in the 2500 block of Harford Road. She left school at 14 after the death of her mother to help run the farm and raise her siblings.

In 1926, she married Raymond Prem, a supervisor at Western Electric Co. He died in 1975.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 10 at Second Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Street and Stratford Road.

She is survived by a son, Robert C. Prem of Baltimore; two daughters, Doris P. Silverwood of Timonium and L. Virginia Collins of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Isabelle Louise Sharkey, 73, drive-in restaurant owner

Isabelle Louise Sharkey, who with her husband operated a popular Westminster drive-in restaurant that featured the Sharkey Burger, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Carroll County General Hospital. She was 73.

In 1954, she and her husband opened Sharkey's Drive-In on Route 140 and served a burger that featured cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, cole slaw and a touch of ketchup. The drive-in gave way to a restaurant that had two dining rooms, a bar and lounge, and served Italian cuisine, steaks, chicken and fish. It closed in 1985.

Mrs. Sharkey then worked as a sales associate for T. W. Mather & Sons, a Westminster department store that closed in 1997.

The former Isabelle L. Dutterer was born in Westminster and spent her life there. She was a graduate of Westminster High School.

In 1947, she married James Stanley Sharkey, who died in 1979.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St., Westminster, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.

She is survived by two sons, Stanley J. Sharkey and Anthony J. Sharkey, both of Westminster; three daughters, Susan E. Carmack, Elaine S. Everett and Christine E. Bonner, all of Westminster; a brother, Charles Dutterer of Westminster; a sister, Dorothy Leister of Newville, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/23/99

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