Louise Y. Reiter, 97, private-duty nurse, homemaker

June 05, 2006

Louise Y. Reiter, a private-duty nurse, homemaker and church volunteer, died of pneumonia Saturday at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster. She was 97 and lived in Westminster.

Born in Barnesboro, Pa., Louise Young graduated from the registered nursing program at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore in 1932. She worked as a private-duty nurse until her 1939 marriage to Charles L. Reiter Jr., a teacher with Baltimore City public schools. Mr. Reiter, who retired from Edmondson High School, died in 1993.

An active member of St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic parish in Baltimore and St. Mark's Roman Catholic parish in Catonsville, she served in the Sodality and Altar Society. Since moving to Westminster more than 16 years ago, she had been a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster.

Mrs. Reiter was a longtime Orioles fan, who frequently attended games at Memorial Stadium and in later years rarely missed a televised game.

"The last game she attended she had a seat in Peter Angelos' box at Camden Yards," said her son-in-law, John A. Coakley Sr. of Westminster. "Frank Robinson was in the box that night and we asked him to toss her a ball. After that, she could always say that she had caught a Frank Robinson ball."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. John Church on Monroe Street in Westminster.

Survivors include a son, Charles L. Reiter III of Catonsville; a daughter, Mary Reiter Coakley of Westminster; two sisters, Josephine Wildeman of Harrisburg, Pa., and Sister Mary Patrice Young of Towson; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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