Alma M. Rohlfs, 78, hypnotherapist, educator

November 24, 2003

Alma M. Rohlfs, who worked as a hypnotherapist and taught business education at Prince George's Community College, died Wednesday of cancer at her home in Glen Burnie. She was 78.

Born Alma Belt in Oxon Hill, she was a 1941 graduate of Surrattsville High School in Prince George's County. She worked as a bookkeeper for a short time before going to work as a secretary for a Washington law firm in 1943.

She married Derrill C. Rohlfs in 1950. The couple moved to Marlow Heights, and three years later, she stopped working to raise her children.

In the 1970s, she returned to school, earning an associate's degree from Prince George's Community College in 1980 and, a few years later, a bachelor's degree in business education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

She taught business education at Prince George's Community College and became interested in hypnotherapy when she used it to lose 80 pounds in the 1980s. She trained as a hypnotherapist and worked as one for several years at a Prince George's reducing center.

She moved to Glen Burnie in 1994 after her husband died. She continued to work as a hypnotherapist until 2001, when her colon and rectal cancer was diagnosed.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lee Funeral Home, 6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road, Clinton.

She is survived by two daughters, Cindy Rohlfs of Glen Burnie and Teresa Jenkins of Stafford, Va.; one son, Spencer Rohlfs of Acworth, Ga.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108.

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