Mary Elizabeth Sudbrink, 66, teacher

July 01, 2006

Mary Elizabeth Sudbrink, a retired Harford County educator and former Bel Air resident, died Sunday at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque of injuries she suffered in an April automobile accident. She was 68.

Mary Elizabeth Wimmer was born in Baltimore and raised in Joppa. She was a 1955 graduate of Bel Air High School.

In 1959, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Towson University. She returned to Towson to earn a master's degree in writing in 1991.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary in yesterday's editions for Mary Elizabeth Sudbrink listed the incorrect time for a memorial service. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air, 224 N. Main St.
The Sun regrets the error.

During her 24-year teaching career, Mrs. Sudbrink taught English at Bel Air High School, Harford Technical High School, Aberdeen Middle School and C. Milton Wright High School, where she was the junior class faculty coordinator.

A highlight of her career, family members said, was representing Harford County public schools on a summer cultural exchange program that took her to Japan in 1990.

Mrs. Sudbrink was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, where she helped establish the Christians in Service Program.

A soprano, she had been a member of a Welsh choir, Cor Cymraeg Rehoboth, in Delta. Pa.

After retiring in 1999, she moved to Santa Fe, N.M., where she immersed herself in the American Indian culture of the Southwest. She worked as a docent at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, and had been a member of the Santa Fe Orchestra Chorus.

A memorial service will be held at noon Monday at her church, 224 N. Main St., Bel Air.

Surviving are two sons, Donald L. Sudbrink Jr. of Clarksville, Tenn., and Kurt S. Sudbrink of Bel Air; a daughter, Kristin A. Sudbrink of La Jolla, Calif.; a sister, Ida May Heidecker of Camp Hill, Pa.; and five grandchildren. Her marriage to Donald L. Sudbrink Sr. ended in divorce.

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