Ruth R. Nutzel, 88, kindergarten teacher

February 08, 2005

Ruth R. Nutzel, a retired church kindergarten teacher, died of a stroke Jan. 29 at Augsburg Lutheran Home. The former Catonsville resident was 88.

Born Ruth Ressmeyer in Orange, N.J., she moved to Baltimore as a child when her father became pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, then on Edmondson Ave. She was a 1934 graduate of Western High School, where she was the school's tennis champion and also held city tennis honors. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

When her father's church moved to Catonsville, Mrs. Nutzel began teaching kindergarten there, remaining for 25 years.

In the early 1940s, she married George Nutzel, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. manager. He died in the mid-1980s. Although the couple had no children, Mrs. Nutzel often remarked to parents, "God gave me none of my own, but He gives me yours to love and teach."

Plans for a memorial service at Emmanuel are incomplete.

She is survived by two brothers, Henry Ressmeyer of Greenport, N.Y., and Rudolph Ressmeyer of Oviedo, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.

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