Marjorie Rhoten, 80, department store clerk Marjorie...

September 18, 2000

Marjorie Rhoten, 80, department store clerk

Marjorie Rhoten, a former department store sales clerk, died Friday of cancer at the Hospice of Baltimore Gilchrist Center in Towson. She was 80.

Mrs. Rhoten, who lived in Towson, sold infants' clothing and layette items at Hutzler's in Towson from the early 1950s until her retirement in 1981.

She was an accomplished seamstress who made her draperies and her children's clothing when they were young.

Born in Phoenix, she was raised on the family's farm in Harford County.

She graduated from Towson High School in 1937 and worked briefly at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital before she married Charles Sidney Rhoten in 1941.

After retiring, Mrs. Rhoten became an avid golfer.

She and her husband traveled throughout the region on golf outings. They wintered at The Meadows, a golf community in Sarasota, Fla. The couple enjoyed dancing and other social activities.

Services for Mrs. Rhoten will be held at 10 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Patricia Wallace of Bel Air and Cynthia Vaeth of Baltimore; a sister, Mary Alice Perdue of White Hall; and two granddaughters.

Erna E.K.H. Schwarz, 96, Stewart's saleswoman

Erna Elizabeth Knopp Henkel Schwarz, a former Baltimorean, died of pneumonia Sept. 11 at South Valley Care Center in West Jordan, Utah. She was 96.

Mrs. Schwarz did clerical work and sold fine china at Stewart's department store in Baltimore.

Her hobbies included decoupage and making stocking monkeys. She collected fine china and delicate figurines.

In Baltimore, she was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She moved to West Jordan in 1993 to be near her son.

Born Erna Elizabeth Knopp in Idstein, Germany, she married Hans Henkel in 1934, and they immigrated to the United States that year.

They lived in Reading, Pa., and Philadelphia before moving to the Overlea section of Baltimore. Mr. Henkel died in 1956.

She married Charles Schwarz in 1961, and the couple lived in Catonsville. He died in 1978.

Services were held Saturday in West Jordan. Graveside services in Baltimore are pending.

She is survived by a son, Ralf Hans Henkel of West Jordan; two stepdaughters, Charlotte Jeschke of Catonsville and Sigrid Myers of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

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