Jean I. Shrodes, 85, Realtor and justice of the peace

September 01, 2005

Jean I. Shrodes, a former Harford County real estate agent and justice of the peace, died of renal failure Tuesday at her Norrisville home. She was 85.

She was born Jean I. McElwain and lived her entire life at Sunnyside Farm, her family's 120-acre farm. She was a 1937 graduate of Jarrettsville High School and attended Thompson Business School in York, Pa., from 1937 to 1939.

She worked in real estate sales and in the family's auction and realty businesses that had been established in 1949 by her husband, Charles W. Shrodes, whom she married in 1940. After her husband's death in 1994, she remained with the businesses that are now owned and operated by a son.

Mrs. Shrodes was also a longtime Harford County substitute teacher, and in 1969 was appointed as a justice of the peace by Gov. Marvin Mandel. She held the job until it became obsolete with the 1971 establishment of the District Court of Maryland.

She was named a Harford County Living Treasure in 1998 and had been a longtime member of the Norrisville Grange and Harford County Board of Realtors.

She was a lifelong member and former deacon of Centre Presbyterian Church, 83 New Park Road, New Park, Pa., where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Surviving are a son, David W. Shrodes of Norrisville; two daughters, Dorothy S. Hiser of Forest Hill and Doris S. Bunner of Red Lion, Pa.; a brother, Gerald A. McElwain of Norrisville; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Another son, Richard Shrodes, died in 1993.

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