Helene K. Briers, 85, homemaker, secretary

March 26, 2004

Helene K. Briers, a homemaker and retired secretary at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in West Baltimore, died of congenital heart failure Sunday at the Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville. The Ellicott City resident was 85.

Helene Kretzschmar was born in Baltimore, where her parents, Karl and Ida Kretzschmar, owned a bakery and an ice cream parlor in the Pigtown neighborhood.

She graduated from Western High School in 1936 and went to work as a secretary at the Acme Markets warehouse on Lafayette Avenue. There she met her future husband, Roland E. Briers, who worked as a refrigeration mechanic.

The couple married after he returned from Navy service in World War II and in 1949 moved to a house in West Baltimore. In 1968, they moved to Ellicott City, where Mrs. Briers lived until shortly before her death and had enjoyed growing roses.

Her husband died in 1973.

Mrs. Briers became active in the PTA at Thomas Jefferson while her two sons attended school there. After they went on to junior high, she took a job as school secretary -- remaining for 24 years until her retirement in 1983.

She was an active member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1905 Edmondson Ave. in Catonsville, where she taught Sunday school and served as a deacon, an elder and a financial secretary. Services will be held there at 10 a.m. today.

She is survived by her sons, Kenneth Briers of Washington and Karl Briers of Ellicott City, and a sister, Ruth Styles of Catonsville.

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