Odis Kay Schmidt, 74, Essex tavern owner Odis Kay...

March 08, 2001

Odis Kay Schmidt, 74, Essex tavern owner

Odis Kay Schmidt, former owner of an Essex tavern, died March 1 of respiratory failure at Vista Care Hospice in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 74.

A resident of Phoenix since 1992, Mr. Schmidt owned Midway Tavern in Essex from 1960 until 1972, when he sold the business and retired. Earlier, he was an office manager at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard.

Born in Middle River, he left Kenwood High School in his senior year to enlist in the Navy, in which he earned his General Educational Development diploma. He was discharged in 1946.

After returning to Baltimore, he graduated from Strayer Business College.

In his retirement, he moved to a vacation home in Fairfield, Pa., where he enjoyed gardening and raising horses and other animals.

His marriages to Florence "Kitty" Travers and Phyllis Whitney ended in divorce.

He had been a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Essex.

Plans for funeral services were incomplete yesterday.

Mr. Schmidt is survived by a daughter, Diana S. Tietge of Kerby, Ore.; two brothers, Herman C. Schmidt of Edgewood and Robert E. Schmidt of Middle River; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Jacqueline Watson, 34, bookkeeper

Jacqueline Watson, a former bookkeeper, died Friday at Sinai Hospital of heart failure. She was 34 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Until September 1999, she was a bookkeeper at Prime Retail, a downtown Baltimore real estate firm. Previously, she had worked at Monumental Life Insurance Co.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Northeast Baltimore, she was a 1984 graduate of Walbrook High School.

Services were held Tuesday at New Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she served in the food ministry, sang in the choir and participated in Friday night Bible study.

She is survived by her mother, Ruby Ann Watson; two brothers, Wesley Watson and Brian Watson; and four sisters, Lemma Gere Thompson, Madelyn Watson, Gloria Watson and Audrey Watson. All are of Baltimore.

Cheryl A. Wagner, 44, registered nurse, volunteer

Cheryl A. Wagner, a retired registered nurse and volunteer, died yesterday at her Severna Park home of cancer. She was 44.

Until she retired last year because of failing health, Mrs. Wagner was an operating room nurse at Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she had worked since 1978. She also was employed by Dr. Charles Converse and Dr. James Chappell, plastic surgeons in Severna Park, and Annapolis OB-GYN Associates.

Born Cheryl Atwell in Denver, she moved to Severna Park as a child and graduated from Severna Park High School in 1974. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1978.

The next year, she married David C. "Skip" Wagner, who survives.

A community activist and volunteer, Mrs. Wagner was a past president and secretary of Shipley's Choice Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association.

As a longtime parishioner of Severna Park United Methodist Church, Mrs. Wagner taught Sunday school, attended disciple class and led many charitable activities.

She also was a volunteer end-of-life caregiver, helping family and friends care for terminally ill patients.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road.

She also is survived by a son, David Robert Wagner of Severna Park; a daughter, Kara Elizabeth Wagner of Severna Park; her father, Robert B. Atwell of Severna Park; a brother, Robert W. Atwell of Severna Park; and two sisters, Patricia A. Hall of Ashland, Ky., and Grace E. Atwell of Tucson, Ariz.

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