Alvina G. Eisenmeier, 80, congressional secretary

January 10, 2003

Alvina G. Eisenmeier, a retired congressional secretary, died Tuesday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Holly Hill Manor nursing home in Towson. The Carney resident was 80.

She was born Alvina Graves and raised in Baltimore, and was a 1941 graduate of Western High School.

She did clerical work at Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co. in Baltimore before becoming a secretary to then-Rep. Helen Delich Bentley in the Republican congresswoman's Washington office. She later was a Baltimore County Health Department secretary in Towson.

"She was a detail-oriented, highly organized person," said Mrs. Bentley. "As a secretary, she would come to the assistance of other people. She was a big help to me."

A seamstress who made clothing for family members, Mrs. Eisenmeier also knitted and crocheted.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Aisquith Presbyterian Church, 7515 Harford Road, Parkville, where she was a member.

Surviving are her husband of nearly 50 years, Edmund J. Eisenmeier, one of three WMAR-TV news photographers hired when the city's first television station went on the air in 1947; a son, Joseph E. Eisenmeier, also of Carney; and a granddaughter.

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