Edith W. Stieber, 92, Towson Library founder Edith W...

April 22, 2001

Edith W. Stieber, 92, Towson Library founder

Edith W. Stieber, a founder of the Towson Library, artist and longtime community volunteer, died Tuesday of emphysema at Stella Maris in Towson. She was 92.

Born Edith Wilson in Lansdowne, Pa., she grew up in Towson and graduated from the Maryland Institute. College of Art in the early 1930s.

In 1935, she married Frederick W. Stieber, a well-known Baltimore athlete and owner of Stieber's Store, a gourmet grocery in Towson. He died in 1992.

Mrs. Stieber helped to found the Towson Library, which opened in a rowhouse on West Pennsylvania Avenue in the mid-1930s. She served as one of the library's early presidents.

She was one of the original committee members of the Surprise Shop-- a secondhand clothing store that opened in 1964 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson--and volunteered there for more than 30 years. She began volunteering at Greater Baltimore Medical Center when it opened in 1965 and continued for 20 years.

An accomplished artist, Mrs. Stieber painted in a variety of styles, from Impressionist to Modern. She had one gallery show at the Rehoboth Art League in Delaware and sold some paintings, but generally didn't like to sell her work, said her daughter, Sudie Lewis of Riderwood.

Mrs. Stieber enjoyed playing tennis and badminton with her husband.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. May 7 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave. in Towson.

Mrs. Stieber also is survived by a daughter, Araby Nicholson, of York, Pa.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Elsewhere

Mitchell Stern, 45, a violinist and violist who taught at the Manhattan School of Music, died April 9 in Manhattan from complications after surgery for a brain aneurysm. He lived in River Vale, N.J.

In addition to teaching the violin and viola and coaching chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music, Stern held faculty positions at several other institutions, including the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the State University of New York at Purchase, the Philadelphia Music Academy, the Hartt School of Music in Hartford and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

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