Mabel B. Guertler, 82, Baltimore County police clerk

December 29, 2005

Mabel B. Guertler, a former Baltimore County Police Department clerk and accomplished seamstress, died of heart failure Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 82.

She was born Mabel Estella Blackburn in Keyser, W.Va. After graduating from high school in 1941, she moved to Baltimore and went to work in the office at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.

After her marriage to Charles F.E. Guertler ended in divorce, she returned to school and took accounting courses at what is now Towson University.

She worked at H&R Block and Doctors Billing before joining the Baltimore County police in 1977 as a data entry clerk at the department's Towson headquarters on Kenilworth Avenue. She retired in 1990.

For years, Mrs. Guertler, who had lived in Govans for more than 50 years, made hats, overcoats and other clothing for her children, family members said. She also enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends.

She also was known for helping those in need, said her daughter, Sharon Lee Guertler of Govans.

Mrs. Guertler was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was Worthy Matron of Towson Chapter 70 and later an officer in the Grand Chapter of Maryland.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave.

Also surviving are a son, Charles Edward Guertler of Govans; a granddaughter; a niece; and two nephews.

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