A. Elizabeth Hartje, 97, city schools principal

February 06, 2005

A. Elizabeth Hartje, a retired Baltimore schools principal, died Tuesday of complications from a recent fall. She had lived at the Charlestown Retirement Community for the past 10 years.

Miss Hartje, who was 97, had lived for many years on Northway Drive.

Born Anne Elizabeth Hartje in Baltimore and raised on Luzerne Avenue, she was an Eastern High School graduate who earned a degree from what is now Towson University and was president of her 1931 graduating class. Miss Hartje remained active in the school's alumni affairs and arranged class reunions. She received awards from the school for her work.

She later earned a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

She also studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and sang alto in Lutheran church choirs.

She began teaching in the Baltimore schools in the early 1930s and taught at School 76 in Locust Point. She was later principal of Waverly Elementary School. She retired about 30 years ago.

Miss Hartje received two gold medals in the Maryland Senior Olympics for the one-mile walk. She also helped at Charlestown's treasure sale and met with the Sew and Sews group, a sewing club.

Services were held yesterday at Charlestown.

Among her survivors are two nephews, Dr. William G. Hartje III of Portland, Ore., and David N. Hartje of Plymouth, Calif.; a niece, Mary H. Barras of Lake Forest, Calif.; and a cousin, Joan G. Rasch of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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