Elise Sinton Zeman, 100, city school teacher

March 24, 2004

Elise Sinton Zeman, a former Baltimore elementary school teacher, died in her sleep Sunday at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. She was 100.

She was born Elise Baum on Carey Street in Southwest Baltimore, and was raised in the 2700 block of N. Calvert St. She was a graduate of Western High School and what was then Towson Normal School.

She taught in Baltimore public schools for several years before her marriage in 1927 to Dr. William A. Sinton, a general practitioner who died in 1950.

During World War II, she worked at Bendix Radio in Towson, and after her husband's death returned to teaching. She taught third grade at Brehms Lane Elementary School until retiring in 1965.

Mrs. Zeman, who had lived in the Normandy and Peabody apartments, married Joseph L. Zeman, a salesman, in 1965. He died in the late 1970s.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Roland Park.

Since 1993, she had lived at Pickersgill, where she enjoyed writing a family memoir and poetry. Last Christmas, she had written a poem for residents of the retirement community's fourth floor -- a version of The Night Before Christmas that ended with the lines, "Here's to the fourth floor and all of you there, Be happy, be thankful -- you have Medicare."

"She never lost her mental agility or her sense of humor," said her daughter, Page Sinton Stack of the Tuscany-Canterbury section of North Baltimore.

Services were private.

Mrs. Zeman is also survived by a son, Dr. William A. Sinton Jr. of Towson, six grandsons and eight great-grandchildren.

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