Mary Helen German, 62, nurse's aide, bridge

July 10, 2005

Mary Helen German, a retired nurse's aide and avid bridge player, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, July 3 at her Towson home. She was 62.

Mary Helen Zemen was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. She was a 1961 graduate of Bryn Mawr School and attended the University of Maryland.

A certified nurse's aide for 30 years, Mrs. German cared for patients at Manor Care Ruxton for 20 years until retiring in 1998.

"Mary exuded calmness, dignity and grace, which provided these families with peace of mind," said her husband of 41 years, J. Randolph "Randy" German, president and chief executive officer of Source One Gifts.

Mrs. German enjoyed vacationing at the beach with her family, attending the theater and listening to classical music and popular songs of the 1960s and 1970s.

She liked reading mystery and romance novels and had played bridge with the same club for 25 years.

Mrs. German was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

A memorial Mass was offered Friday at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. German is survived by three sons, J. Randolph German Jr. of Abingdon, W. Scott German of Sterling, Va., and Michael R. German of Van Nuys, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

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