Mildred Vera West, 96, nurse, Catonsville resident...

September 20, 2000

Mildred Vera West, 96, nurse, Catonsville resident

Mildred Vera West, a retired private duty nurse, died Monday of complications from a stroke at St. Martin's Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Southwest Baltimore. She was 96.

The former longtime Catonsville resident began her nursing career during the 1920s and worked at St. Agnes, Bon Secours, University of Maryland and Union Memorial hospitals before leaving the profession in the 1930s to raise her family.

FOR THE RECORD - Mildred Vera West:An obituary for Mildred Vera West that appeared Wednesday in The Sun incorrectly identified two of her survivors. In addition to her son, Mrs. West is survived by two daughters, Shirley E. Bowen and Jacquelynn J. Wagner, both of Catonsville.
The Sun regrets the error.

She resumed her career in 1950 as a private duty nurse and retired in 1972.

Mildred V. Brooks was born in Irvington and graduated from city public schools. She received her nursing degree from the St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing.

She married John J. West in 1923; he died in 1973.

Mrs. West was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and had been a member of West Baltimore United Methodist Church. In 1997, she converted to Catholicism.

She enjoyed traveling and had visited the Holy Land, Egypt, Turkey and Paris.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of the Little Sisters of the Poor, 601 Maiden Choice Lane.

She is survived by a son, Robert L. West, and two sisters, Shirley E. Bowen and Jacquelynn J. Wagner, all of Catonsville; another sister, Ruth E. Schreiber of Silver Spring; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

William H. Trent, 79, SSA photographer

William H. Trent, a former Baltimorean and retired Social Security Administration photographer, died Thursday of a heart attack at the Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Ga. He was 79.

The former Greenmount Avenue resident moved to Warner Robins last year.

He had worked as a photographer at SSA's Woodlawn headquarters from 1940 to 1970.

During World War II, he served in Europe as a combat photographer with an infantry unit. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1945.

Th Baltimore native was educated in city public schools.

His hobby was photography, and he had been an active member of the American Legion post in Woodlawn.

Services were private.

Mr. Trent is survived by a nephew, George Brown of Warner Robins.

Ottilie Gschneidinger, 91, governess in Baltimore

Ottilie M. Gschneidinger, who worked as a governess for several North Baltimore families for nearly 50 years, died Sunday of complications from a heart attack at Pickersgill retirement community in Towson. She was 91.

Miss Gschneidinger began working as a governess after arriving in Baltimore from her native Bremerhaven, Germany, in 1937. She retired in 1984.

"She was a very meticulous, warm, caring and dignified person who loved people," said Mary Elizabeth Law of Towson, a friend of many years.

"At Christmastime, she always had bags of presents for her friends and their children. She really got a lot out of life," she said.

Miss Gschneidinger, who had lived on Dartmouth Road before moving to the retirement community, was raised in Bremerhaven and graduated from public schools there.

Miss Gschneidinger enjoyed reading and attending the theater and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts. She also was an avid gardener.

She was active in the Ladies Aid Society and a member of Zion Lutheran Church, City Hall Plaza, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

She is survived by a nephew, Karl Kerzel of Norfolk, Va.

Helen E. Sharp, 67, school secretary

Helen E. Sharp, former secretary at the Maryland Training School for Boys and a former Baynesville resident, died Friday of cancer at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa. She was 67.

Mrs. Sharp had been a secretary at the Maryland Training School for Boys in Cub Hill from 1966 to 1992, when she retired and moved to Iowa.

Earlier, she had been supervisor of housekeeping at Goucher College for many years.

Helen Evans was born and raised in Parkville and graduated in 1951 from Towson High School. In 1952, she was married to Richard Sharp, who survives her.

While living in Baynesville, Mrs. Sharp was a member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church and volunteered as a nurses' aide at Union Memorial Hospital.

She enjoyed camping, fishing, sewing and playing euchre, a card game.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the First United Methodist Church in Ida Grove, where services were held yesterday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Carol Ann Rosemeyer of Sioux City, Iowa; her mother, Kathryn Evans of Towson; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

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