Beryl R. Gesell, 96, homemaker and avid golfer

November 04, 2005

Beryl R. Gesell, a homemaker and golfer, died Oct. 28 at Carroll Lutheran Village of complications from a fall. The Westminster resident was 96.

Born Beryl Remley in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, she was a 1927 graduate of Eastern High School. She attended the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, but left after becoming seriously ill.

She moved in the early 1930s with her parents to New York City and worked for an insurance company while studying oil painting. She returned to Baltimore in the late 1930s and studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

After her 1942 marriage to Melvin G. Gesell, an American Sugar Refining Co. accountant, the couple lived for many years in Warwick, N.J., and Severna Park before returning to Westminster in 1979. He died in 1994.

Mrs. Gesell, who had lived at the retirement home since 1995, was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing until she was in her 80s.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Krug Chapel, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster.

Survivors include a nephew, Carroll F. Remley of Lutherville; and a niece, Betty Ann Remley of Westminster. Her daughter, Catherine Jewel "Kitty" Norton, a psychologist, died in 1998.

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