Anna F. Soeder, 86, housekeeper

October 23, 2002

Anna F. Soeder, a former housekeeper and child care provider, died in her sleep Oct. 16 at Ivory House, an assisted-living facility in Roland Park. She was 86.

Miss Soeder was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y., where she attended parochial school. She was 19 when she began working as a housekeeper for Natalie Belden in Syracuse, and remained with the family for half a century.

After the death of Mrs. Belden's son-in-law, Stephen B. Brooks, Miss Soeder moved with her to Roland Park in 1963 to help care for her widowed daughter's six children.

"After moving to Baltimore, Annie's generosity and love filled the hearts of the family she never left. She brought love and joy to those all around here," said Andrew M. Brooks, one of the six children.

"She was famous for her homemade chocolate chip, oatmeal and meringue cookies. She would bake and then hide them, but always in a place where the kids could find them," said Mr. Brooks, who lives in the Poplar Hill section of North Baltimore.

Miss Soeder continued working for the family in Hydes and Ruxton. She had been living at Ivory House since 1997.

She was a parishioner of Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 110 W. Lafayette Ave., in Baltimore, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Nov. 16.

Miss Soeder is also survived by a sister, Bertha Mazzoti of Syracuse; and several nieces.

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