Elizabeth S. Rathell, 88, teacher, auto repair shop owner

April 06, 2006

Elizabeth S. Rathell, a retired Baltimore schoolteacher who later owned and operated an auto repair business, died of cardiovascular disease March 30 at her Anneslie home. She was 88.

She was born Elizabeth Straining in Baltimore and raised in Bowie. A 1937 graduate of the old Towson Normal School, she began teaching in Greenbelt public schools and later taught in Baltimore. She retired in the 1970s.

In 1942, she married Carroll Adam Rathell, owner of Rathell Motors in Hillendale. After his death in 1974, Mrs. Rathell owned and operated the business until selling it and retiring in the 1990s.

She enjoyed gardening, making baskets, sewing and embroidery.

Mrs. Rathell is survived by three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her son, Charles S. Rathell, died in 1973; and her daughter, Carol E. Revello, died in 1978.

Services were Monday.

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