Ina Mae Bandel, 94, helped run family farm

May 24, 2002

Ina Mae Bandel, who helped operate her family's Howard County dairy farm, died in her sleep Monday at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 94.

Mrs. Bandel, a Charlestown resident since 1986, lived at Verialdon Farm on Triadelphia Road near Glenelg for half a century.

Ina Mae Slagle was born on her father's farm in the Howard community of Daisy. She attended Lisbon High School -- getting to what was then western Howard's only high school by horse and buggy.

After graduating in 1926, she entered the former Towson Normal School, where she earned a teaching certificate in 1928. She worked as a bookkeeper at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. until her 1935 marriage to Vernon M. Bandel. He died in 2000.

In addition to raising a dairy herd and chickens on the 100-acre farm, the couple grew corn, wheat and hay.

Mrs. Bandel was a member for 65 years of Glenelg United Methodist Church.

Services are at 10 a.m. today at Lisbon United Methodist Church, 15875 Frederick Road.

She is survived by two sons, V. Allan Bandel of Glenwood and Donald M. Bandel of Ellicott City; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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