William C. Bremsteller, 79, insurance salesman

October 27, 2003

William C. Bremsteller, a Baltimore insurance salesman and executive, died of a stroke Saturday at the Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport. The longtime Catonsville resident was 79.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Bremsteller was a 1942 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He served in the Army during World War II, and was stationed in Saipan -- part of the Northern Mariana Islands -- and Hawaii.

After the war, Mr. Bremsteller enrolled in the Johns Hopkins University's night school but dropped out after he married in 1949 and started a family.

Mr. Bremsteller worked as an inspector for Maryland Fire Underwriters for several years before taking a job as an insurance broker at Herget & Co., his family said.

When he retired in 1986 after 28 years at the former Baltimore company, Mr. Bremsteller was a vice president.

He was an active member of several organizations in Catonsville, including the Moose, Elks and Kiwanis Club.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, 1630 Edmondson Ave.

Mr. Bremsteller is survived by his wife, the former Myrtle Walls; two daughters, Rose Christine Fittro of Catonsville and Peggy Gibson of Hancock; a son, Stephen P. Elkins of Hancock; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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