Catherine Elizabeth Kraus, 102, homemaker Catherine...

June 01, 2000

Catherine Elizabeth Kraus, 102, homemaker

Catherine Elizabeth Kraus, a former Catonsville homemaker who enjoyed cooking and entertaining her family, died in her sleep May 25 at St. Elizabeth's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Southwest Baltimore. She was 102.

Until moving to the retirement home last year from the Overbrook Apartments in Catonsville, Mrs. Kraus led an active and independent life.

"She never drove a car and walked everywhere. For years, she traveled by streetcar and bus, ate three square meals a day and drank a glass of rose wine, which was pink, her favorite color," said a Carol L. Irvin, a granddaughter who lives in Hampstead.

Mrs. Kraus was the oldest parishioner of Christ Lutheran Church in Catonsville, where she was a member of the Esther-Ruth Circle Women's Club.

She enjoyed gardening and baking such specialties as cinnamon and sponge cakes, and preparing homemade cranberry sauce.

Born Catherine Sebour in Canton, she attended city public schools until leaving to help support her family.

In 1921, she married Louis Philip Kraus, a New York Life Insurance salesman. He died in 1966.

Services were held Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church.

She is survived by a son, Louis G. Kraus of Asheville, N.C.; two daughters, Regina M. Irvin of Catonsville and Carolyn K. Lang of Glen Arm; six other grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and five nephews.

Colette Cecilia Hahn, 78, homemaker and secretary

Colette Cecilia Hahn, a homemaker, died of lung cancer Saturday at her Parkville home. She was 78.

1995 PHOTO Born Colette Streb in Northeast Baltimore, she attended St. James parochial school and graduated from its commercial program in 1939, having received secretarial training.

She became a secretary and married Andrew G. Wallace in 1942. Their first son, Walter, died in infancy in 1943.

Another child, James Andrew, was born the next year. Two days after his son's birth, Andrew G. Wallace, who was in the Army, was killed in battle in Germany.

In 1950, the former Mrs. Wallace married Joseph Werner Hahn. The Hahns had three more sons. After Mr. Hahn's retirement in 1987 they bought a summer home in Ocean City. Mr. Hahn died in 1992.

Mrs. Hahn was an enthusiastic bingo player and Orioles fan. She particularly enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

She is survived by four sons, the Rev. James Andrew Wallace of Washington, Gerald J. Hahn of Perry Hall, Robert G. Hahn of Parkville and William H. Hahn of Lutherville; a brother, Joseph Streb of Hamilton; two sisters, Rita Trageser of Hamilton and Alma Jordan of Carney; and eight grandchildren.

Erma Louise Amos, 72, JHU admissions coordinator

Erma Louise Amos, a former coordinator of graduate admissions for the Johns Hopkins University, died of endometrial cancer Saturday at her home in Annapolis. She was 72.

Born Erma Louise Culmann in Indianapolis, she graduated from Arsenal Technical High School there in 1945. Three years later, she married Hugh Mansfield Amos, a building-supplies salesman. The couple lived in several cities before settling in Maryland nearly 25 years ago.

Mrs. Amos also worked at hospitals, doing scheduling and credit-administration work. She retired from Hopkins in 1995 but returned shortly to work in the university's department of electrical and computer engineering until cancer forced her to retire again last year.

Mrs. Amos was an avid seamstress and enjoyed other hobbies, from water aerobics to candy-making. She was named Mrs. Johnstown, Pa., for her homemaking skills in 1958.

She was a member of the Altar Guild and St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Catonsville for more than 20 years. She was adept at sign language, which she used in her hospital and church work.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Amos is survived by two sons, Randall Hugh Amos of Longneck, Del., and David Mansfield Amos of Baltimore; a daughter, Nancy Lynn Singleton of Annapolis; three grandsons; eight granddaughters; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Timothy's, 200 Ingleside Ave. in Catonsville.

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