Jean M. Ortgies, 98

Schoolteacher

October 21, 2006

Jean M. Ortgies, a retired elementary school teacher and former Linthicum resident, died Sunday at a Woodstock, Va., nursing home after suffering a fall earlier in the month. She was 98.

Born Jean Cameron Mathewson in New York, she earned a bachelor's degree from Barnard College. She later attended the University of Maryland, College Park.

She moved to Linthicum in 1948 and taught at Linthicum Elementary School for 17 years. She later lived at the Charlestown retirement community.

Mrs. Ortgies had been a member of the Linthicum Women's Club, Kappa Delta Phi sorority, the League of Women Voters and the Barnard College Alumni Association.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Survivors include a son, Howard Somerville Ortgies Jr. of Mauertown, Va.; two daughters, Jean Ortgies "Robin" Mayne of Fort Worth, Texas, and Gale Ortgies Johnk of Vienna, Austria; and five grandchildren. Her husband of 36 years, Howard Somerville Ortgies, a sales manager, died in 1971.

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