Joan Shindledecker, 52, customs brokerage official

September 05, 2004

Joan Shindledecker, president of a customs brokerage business, died Friday of breast cancer at her Dundalk home. She was 52.

Born Joan Wolf in Dundalk, she was a 1970 Dundalk High School graduate. She attended Essex Community College. She joined the U.S. Customs Service after graduating from high school and rose to become executive secretary for Baltimore's district director of customs. She later became a customs import specialist and assessed tariffs on incoming goods.

In 1984, she left her federal job and in 1987 became one of the founders of C J International Inc., a Baltimore customs broker and international freight forwarder based in Highlandtown and at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

She was its president and oversaw the firm's expansion to Louisville, Ky.; Cincinnati; Indianapolis; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and San Antonio.

"She had no children of her own, but she considered all her employees, customers and their families as her family," said Curt Perry, a fellow co-owner of the business who lives in Cincinnati.

She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church and was a former member of Christ Lutheran Church in Dundalk, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

Survivors include her parents, Arthur and Wilma Wolf of Dundalk; two brothers, James Wolf of Manassas, Va., and David Wolf of Essex; a sister, Karen Fostervald of Jarrettsville; and eight nieces and nephews. Her marriage ended in divorce.

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