Gwendoline Garner, 76, WREN shorthand typist Gwendoline...

June 04, 2000

Gwendoline Garner, 76, WREN shorthand typist

Gwendoline Rosa Wilkins Garner, who met her future husband while serving in the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II, died Thursday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center of multiple myeloma. She was 76 and had lived in Randallstown for 43 years.

Born in South Wales, Gwendoline Wilkins was educated in England before joining the WRENs as a specialized shorthand typist. While stationed in Bath in 1944, she married Army Staff Sgt. Wilbur C. Garner.

In 1946, Mrs. Garner was among the first "war brides" to come to America, arriving at Camden Station after crossing on the Queen Mary. Family members said her first and lasting impression of Baltimore was its sparkling lights, in contrast to her years of wartime blackouts. She became an American citizen in 1951 and worked for about 10 years during the 1960s and 1970s as an executive secretary for the Hecht Co.

Mrs. Garner, a gardener and a longtime member of the Senior Bowling League in Randallstown, was known for her knitting and needlework, which won a blue ribbon at the Maryland State Fair. In recent years, she became interested in genealogy and traced her English roots back to the 1500s.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Garner is survived by daughters Carol A. Clements of Cockeysville and Karen Lynne Messick of Towson; a son, Wilbur C. Garner Jr. of Southern Pines, N.C.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the Loring Byers funeral home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

Jane DeWald, 82, model, fashion consultant

Jane Garver Jaeger DeWald, a retired model and fashion consultant, died Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice, where she had resided for the past several years. The former Rodgers Forge resident was 82.

Born in Hagerstown in 1918, she moved to Baltimore and graduated in 1936 from Eastern High School. In 1942, she married William J. Jaeger Jr., a sportswriter for the Baltimore News American and later public relations director for Laurel Race Course. The couple entertained the racing set from all over the world before his death in 1961.

The former Jane Garver worked for the War Department during World War II, and later at area stores, including Hess Apparel and Hess Country stores, Aumann and Werkmeister furs, Trillium and Dress Circle, where she was working when she retired after a stroke at age 75.

In 1974, she married George DeWald. The couple traveled extensively to Mexico and the Caribbean. Mr. DeWald died in 1995.

Funeral services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, at Overbrook Road in Rodgers Forge.

She is survived by a son, William J. Jaeger III of Lutherville; a daughter, Christie J. Thomas of Phoenix; three stepdaughters, Mary Louise Hill, Suzanne Forrest and Elizabeth VonEiff, all of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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