Dorothy A. Bendermeyer, a Baltimore resident for nearly all of her life and a retired savings and loan officer, died Monday of complications from dementia at a hospice in Buffalo, N.Y. She was 88.
Born and raised in the city, Dorothy Rehbein was a 1931 graduate of Western High School. She worked for Monumental Life Insurance Co., and later at Traders Savings and Loan Association, where she retired in the early 1960s as an assistant secretary and treasurer.
She was married for 27 years to John F. Bendermeyer, a city police sergeant who died in 1968. She left Baltimore in 2001 to live with the family of her daughter, the Rev. Marsha L. B. Irmer, in Clarence, N.Y.
"She was fun-loving, outgoing, gracious and generous in spirit," Mrs. Irmer said. "She was the kind of person who, if we went out to eat and if she saw someone who she thought was pretty, she would say so. She would go over to that person and say, `My, you have a lovely smile,' or something like that."
Mrs. Bendermeyer had been a member of Second English Lutheran Church and was active in its Briarclift Club and Circle of Social Concerns. She also volunteered at the old Lutheran Hospital, and had served as treasurer of its auxiliary.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the church, at Briarclift Road and Baltimore National Pike.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by three grandchildren.