Alma M. Way, 84, taught piano in city schools

March 15, 2004

Alma M. Way, a retired city schools piano teacher, died March 8 of complications from cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The Towson resident was 84.

Born Alma Neumann in Baltimore and raised on North Broadway, she was a 1936 graduate of Eastern High School. She also received a certificate from the Peabody Conservatory.

She was a bookkeeper at the Social Security Administration and General Automatic Corp. before beginning a piano-teaching career at Northwood and Gardenville elementary schools. She also taught privately at her home in Hillendale.

After moving to TABCO Towers in Towson in the 1980s, she played at piano sing-alongs and church services.

She was a former Girl Scout leader for Troop 621 in Loch Raven Village.

Services were held Friday.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharman E. Rowe of Owings Mills; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Her son, C. Harry Way, died in 1977. A granddaughter she raised, Donna Way Walton, died in 1992.

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