Else Blasius Rhoades, 86, helped found golf group

July 21, 2002

Else Blasius Rhoades, a longtime resident of Towson who helped found an association for women golfers at the Pine Ridge Golf Course, died Monday at her daughter's home in Richmond, Va. She was 86 and had suffered from cancer and heart disease.

In existence for about 35 years, the Pine Ridge Women's Golf Association has provided an opportunity for women golfing enthusiasts to play together every Wednesday at the Timonium course. Mrs. Rhoades, who was a past president, played until July of last year.

"The eighth hole was her favorite," said her daughter, Jacqueline Scarsella, noting Mrs. Rhoades had a painting of the hole in her dining room.

"She hated and loved that hole," Ms. Scarsella said. "It's a beautiful setting, but you had to hit the ball across water, and a lot of people didn't."

She also had a passion for bridge and had competed in local and national tournaments, attaining the rank of Bridge Life Master.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of German immigrants who owned an ice cream and candy store. She was a graduate of Temple University where she majored in German.

She briefly worked as a secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in Harrisburg, where she met her husband, Carl Rhoades. Mr. Rhoades died in 1977. The two had been married for about 35 years.

Services will be private.

Besides her daughter, she is survived by her brother, William Blasius of Wildwood, N.J., and Marathon, Fla., and two grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial gifts may be made to the Pine Ridge Women's Golf Association in care of Pauline Brown, 54 Far Corners Loop, Sparks 21152.

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