Jane F. Sellmayer Beck, 77, nurse

December 19, 2005|By SUMATHI REDDY | SUMATHI REDDY,SUN REPORTER

Jane Frances Sellmayer Beck, a retired nurse and teacher, died of complications from cancer Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 77.

She was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a woman who brought babies into the world as a nurse, taught children in school and patched them up as the de facto medic of her neighborhood.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Chilton Street near Lake Montebello, Jane Frances Rosendale attended the Institute of Notre Dame, graduating in 1946. Three years later she graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, and went on to work in the hospital's obstetrics department.

She married Louis J. Sellmayer Sr. in 1951. Mr. Sellmayer died in 1972. In 1977, she married John F. Beck, who died in 1995.

After she retired from Mercy in 1971, she taught health and worked as a school nurse at the Institute of Notre Dame until 1976.

A resident of Greater Northwood for more than 40 years, Mrs. Beck was known as "Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy" in the neighborhood, a nickname earned through her penchant for tending to children's scrapes and bruises.

She served as president of the IND Alumni Association and chaired many activities. She was also active in the Ladies of Notre Dame No. 2901 and the Knights of Columbus ladies auxiliary.

Mrs. Beck was a communicant and Eucharistic minister at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, where she served in the prefect of St. Matthew's Sodality.

She had a passion for sewing and knitting, making scarves, gloves and sweaters for the many members of her family. She also loved to play bridge, swim and enjoyed being in the mountains and by the water.

In 1995, Mrs. Beck moved to Towson. She moved to Stella Maris in August.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd.

Survivors include two sons, Louis J. Sellmayer Jr. of Nottingham and Joseph L. Sellmayer of Catonsville; a daughter, Margaret A. Rickter of Overlea; two stepdaughters, Thea M. Walker of Pawleys Island, S.C., and Patricia Van Evera of Shady Cove, Ore.; two sisters, Patricia A. Rogers of Gibson Island and Dorothy C. Keczmerski of Columbia; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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