Elsie Irene Zeuch, 91, homemaker, active in church

March 18, 2000

Elsie Irene Zeuch, a homemaker and churchwoman, died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease at the Augsburg Lutheran Home. The former longtime Anneslie resident was 91.

A member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Baltimore for 70 years, Mrs. Zeuch served as the church's secretary from 1969 to 1989.

She taught Sunday and vacation Bible schools and served on the church council. She also held positions on the local, state and national boards of the American Lutheran Church.

A lifelong concern for the needy led Mrs. Zeuch to develop a program called "Love Loaves" that was later adopted by several hundred congregations and helped feed the hungry.

Elsie I. Stiegmann was born and raised in Pigtown, and graduated in 1926 from Western High School.

She worked as a secretary for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. before her marriage in 1929 to Joseph Zeuch Sr., who died in 1969.

An avid gardener, Mrs. Zeuch also enjoyed duckpin bowling, a sport she pursued into her 80s at Taylor's Stoneleigh Duckpin Bowling Center.

In recent years, Mrs. Zeuch attended Reformation Lutheran Church, 6200 Loch Raven Blvd., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Z. Lewis of Anneslie; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/18/00

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