Margaret K. Ramsberg, 98, educator, counselor

July 01, 2004

Margaret K. Ramsberg, a retired elementary school educator and guidance counselor who was an avid trans-Atlantic ship traveler, died of Alzheimer's disease Sunday at the Wesley Home in Mount Washington. She was 98.

Born Margaret Kyle in Baltimore and raised in the city's Pimlico section, she was a 1924 graduate of Western High School. She attended what was then Western Maryland College on a scholarship and earned a degree in education in 1928.

That year, Mrs. Ramsberg began teaching French and English in Vienna, Dorchester County. She returned to Baltimore in 1931 when she married Melvin William Ramsberg. The marriage ended in divorce.

She returned to teaching in 1944 and taught fifth and sixth grades at Arlington and Gwynns Falls elementary schools.

In 1954, she earned a master's degree in guidance counseling from the Johns Hopkins University, and had assignments as a counselor at what were then Herring Run and Pimlico junior high schools - retiring from the latter in 1972.

Mrs. Ramsberg had lived in the Marylander Apartments before moving to the Wesley Home in 1989. She had been a volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Union Memorial Hospital, Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital and the Red Cross.

In her travels, Mrs. Ramsberg preferred sailing aboard the Cunard Line's Queen Mary and Holland-American's Rotterdam.

She had been a member of Wilton Heights United Methodist Church and Wilson Memorial United Methodist Church, both now closed, and was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Survivors include a daughter, Roberta Hennick Budd of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

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