Kathryn B. Ozman, 83, District Court commissioner

April 13, 2004

Kathryn B. Ozman, the first commissioner appointed to the District Court of Kent County, died of heart failure Thursday at her Chestertown home. She was 83.

The Chestertown native was a 1937 graduate of Chestertown High School and attended Washington College.

She was married in 1940 to James T. Ozman, and together the couple owned and operated Ozman's Inc., a Chestertown automobile dealership. Her husband died in 1976.

After her retirement in 1970 from the auto business, Mrs. Ozman was appointed to the newly created District Court system by Chief Judge Robert F. Sweeney.

Mrs. Ozman, who was known as "Miss Kitty," earned much praise for her work during 27 years as a commissioner.

In 1990, then-Gov. William Donald Schaefer presented her with a Governor's Citation in recognition for her "impressive commitment to the people of Kent County," and Chestertown proclaimed that day in her honor.

Mrs. Ozman enjoyed reading and cooking for family dinners.

She was a lifelong communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown. She was also a charter member of the Soroptimist Club of Kent County and had volunteered with the Red Cross.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Helfenbein, Fellows and Newnam Funeral Home Chestertown.

Mrs. Ozman is survived by a daughter, Patricia Joan Ozman Horsey of Chestertown; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

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