Jane L. Biehl, 75, office administrator, choir member

April 19, 2006

Jane L. Biehl, a retired office administrator who sang for more than 40 years with area choirs and the Dundalk Sweet Adelines, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease April 11 at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. The Idlewylde resident was 75.

She was born Ethel Jane Landis at her home in Hamilton and was raised in the Northeast Baltimore neighborhood.

She graduated from Eastern High School in 1948 and worked as a sales associate for Hutzler's department store in downtown Baltimore. During the late 1950s, she was an accountant for Baltimore-Washington Express, a trucking company. She also worked as an office administrator for 20 years at Manufacturers Life Insurance until 1987, when she was found to have breast cancer. She retired on a medical disability.

Mrs. Biehl sang for four decades with the Sweet Adelines. She served as president of the chorus, produced shows and was a hostess at Sweet Adelines regional and international conventions. She also was interim choir director at Northside Baptist Church.

"Music was the center of her life, and we met at Grace Baptist Church, where I was church organist and she sang in the choir," said her husband of 48 years, William Biehl, a Baltimore church organist.

In recent years, breathing problems forced Mrs. Biehl to use an oxygen tank, but she continued to sing and participate in choral work.

"She was an inspiration to her fellow choir members," Mr. Biehl said.

Mrs. Biehl also was a longtime volunteer and member of the Baltimore Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary. She edited the organization's newsletter and was an auxiliary president from 2000 to 2002.

She enjoyed spending summers in Ocean City with her family.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Northside Baptist Church, 1100 E. Northern Parkway.

Also surviving are two sisters, Norma L. Ay of Chase and Ann L. France of Parkville, and many nieces and nephews.

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