Emma H. Scharf, 90, buyer at department store

November 05, 2003

Emma H. Scharf, a retired department store buyer and hospital volunteer, died Friday of complications from dementia at Augsburg Lutheran Home in Lochearn, where she had lived for three years. The former Southeast Baltimore resident was 90.

Born Emma Henriette Ei in New York City, she moved to Baltimore with her parents and lived in Dundalk and on South Patterson Park Avenue. She was a 1933 graduate of Eastern High School and earned a diploma at Strayer's Business College.

After working as a secretary at Crown Cork & Seal in Highlandtown, she became an assistant buyer for infants clothing for the downtown May Co. - later the Hecht Co. - store on Howard Street, where she retired in 1980. She then volunteered at the old Church Home and Hospital gift shop for 15 years.

Her husband of 44 years, Albert Henry Scharf, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. steamfitter, died in 1985.

Services were held yesterday.

Survivors include her three sons, Albert Ronald Scharf of Timonium, Joseph Timothy Scharf of Lewes, Del., and John J. Scharf of Reisterstown; a sister, Lydia Ei of Perry Hall; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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