Mildred F. Harrington, 86, teacher and bridge player...

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January 08, 2002

Mildred F. Harrington, 86, teacher and bridge player

Mildred F. Harrington, a retired teacher and longtime bridge player, died of cancer Thursday at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson, where she had resided for five years. She was 86 and formerly lived in Guilford.

A mathematics teacher and private tutor, she was on the faculty of Villa Julie College in the 1950s and Roland Park Country School in the 1960s and 1970s. She then taught for a few years at what is now Towson University before retiring.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington - where she climbed trees to watch the horses run at Pimlico Race Course - the former Mildred Zimmermann graduated from Friends School in 1932. She received an economics degree in 1937 from Goucher College, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

She was a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland, the Roland Park Women's Club and the Baltimore Country Club, and served on the board of the Woman's Industrial Exchange.

For 70 years, she had played in duplicate bridge tournaments locally and nationally, and traveled extensively. Family members said she nearly attained the rank of life master.

In 1939, she married Thomas M. Harrington, an attorney who died in 1973. Her marriage to banker Louis A. Reinhardt Sr. in 1976 ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at First English Lutheran Church, 39th and Charles streets, where she was a member.

She is survived by a daughter, Anne Harrington of Palo Alto, Calif.; a brother, Frank A. Zimmermann of Merritt Island, Fla.; and three former stepchildren, Louis A. Reinhardt Jr. of Timonium, Evelyn Reinhardt of Timonium and Phyllis Crowley of Forest Hill.

Warner K. Brown, 89, salesman, combat veteran

Warner K. Brown, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. salesman and a combat veteran of World War II, died of heart failure Thursday at College Manor nursing facility in Lutherville, where he had lived for nearly five years. He was 89 and a former longtime Anneslie resident.

He made calls at homes and businesses, selling appliances and outdoor gas lights for BGE before retiring in 1975.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Fulton Avenue, he was a 1930 graduate of City College and received a liberal arts degree from St. John's College in Annapolis. He also attended the University of Maryland Dental School.

During World War II, he was a dental technician in the Army's 320th Medical Battalion and participated in combat across Europe, beginning with the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach. He was awarded three Bronze Stars.

In 1947 he married Elizabeth Rawlings, a secretary who died in 1986.

Services were held yesterday at Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Cedarcroft, where he had been a member.

He is survived by two sons, James W. Brown of Lutherville and David R. Brown of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Madeline W. Poist, 92, elementary school teacher

Madeline W. Poist, a retired elementary school teacher, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at FutureCare-Old Court in Randallstown. She was 92 and had lived in Lochearn for 51 years.

She taught first grade at Arlington Elementary School No. 234 at Rogers and Magnolia avenues in Northwest Baltimore for 23 years before retiring in 1971. She also taught in Carroll County's West End School in Westminster for 17 years beginning in the late 1920s.

Born in Bishopville in Worcester County, the former Madeline Walker was a graduate of Berlin High School and Salisbury Normal School. After studying at Western Maryland College and the John Hopkins University, she earned a degree in education from the University of Maryland in College Park.

She enjoyed sewing and made much of her own clothing.

Services were held Saturday.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Samuel M. Poist, a former chief inspector for the U.S. Customs Service.

Frosso Semerly, 93, seamstress, gourmet cook

Frosso Semerly, a seamstress and gourmet cook, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease at her daughter's residence in Homeland. She was 93.

Mrs. Semerly, who had lived with her daughter since 1963, when she came to Baltimore from Grand Rapids, Mich., was known for her work as a seamstress and her fine needlepoint. A gracious host, she enjoyed entertaining family and friends, and cooking Greek and Turkish delicacies.

The former Frosso Pappadopoulos was born and raised in Trapzond, a Turkish Black Sea port. After fleeing Turkey during World War I, she lived in Russia for several years and was a witness to the Communist Revolution of 1917, family members said. In 1925, she left Russia with her mother and settled in Piraeus, Greece.

In Piraeus she met and married Kyriakos Semerly in 1928. The couple moved to Lansing, Mich., where they lived until his death in 1945.

Services were held Saturday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Cub Hill. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street, where Mrs. Semerly was a member.

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