Martha Louise Dreyer, 100, governess, active in church

December 17, 2003

Martha Louise Dreyer, a German immigrant who worked as a Baltimore governess before her marriage, died in her sleep Dec. 10 at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 100 and had lived in Rodgers Forge for many years.

She was born Martha Louise Marie Heine in Niemburg, Germany, and moved to New York City in 1923.

She was a governess in Flatbush for several years before moving to Baltimore in 1926, when she went to work as a governess for the Millard Diehl family of Roland Park.

In 1929, she married William H. Dreyer, also a German immigrant, who was building superintendent for Sun Life Insurance Co. He died in 1982.

Mrs. Dreyer, who did not drive, rode streetcars, and later buses and light rail, to her many activities at Zion Lutheran Church in Baltimore, where she had been a member for more than 60 years.

She remained vigorous into her 90s and was an accomplished needleworker. She also enjoyed gardening.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lorraine Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, 5608 Dogwood Road.

Mrs. Dreyer is survived by her son, William H. Dreyer Jr. of Rodgers Forge; a step-granddaughter; and several cousins.

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