Ruth V. Baumgartner, 91, cosmetologist, homemaker

February 03, 2006

Ruth V. Baumgartner, a homemaker and former cosmetologist, died Sunday from complications of diabetes at the Bel Air Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 91.

She was born and raised Ruth Virginia Whisner in Cumberland and came to Baltimore in 1940 after her marriage to Kermit L. Baumgartner Sr.

Mrs. Baumgartner, who had lived in Hamilton and Parkville, spent most of her 30-year career as a hairdresser at the Hochschild-Kohn Belvedere department store until retiring in the early 1970s.

She was active with the Towson Moose and enjoyed traveling.

"They took cruises, traveled by train across Canada, and were active with the Elderhostel program," said her daughter, Melita Maxwell of Bel Air.

Mrs. Baumgartner enjoyed entertaining and was known for her sour beef and dumplings.

Her husband of 48 years, a retired Armco Steel Corp. manager, died in 1988.

She had attended the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Hamilton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Main Street and Broadway, in Bel Air.

Also surviving are a son, Kermit L. Baumgartner Jr. of Madison, Miss.; a brother, William Whisner of Springfield, Mo.; a sister, Edna Soulsby of Cumberland; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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