Edith Sadowsky, 80

Pediatric nurse

October 31, 2006

Edith Sadowsky, who worked for more than 25 years as a pediatric nurse for medical practices in Northwest Baltimore, died of cancer Oct. 24 at Northwest Hospital Center. The Owings Mills resident was 80.

Born Edith Miller, she was the sixth of seven daughters of a dairy farmer in Brookfield, Mass.

In 1945, she graduated as a registered nurse from Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and then became a cadet nurse with the Army, caring for veterans returning from World War II and for survivors of Nazi death camps.

Mrs. Sadowsky moved with her family to Randallstown in 1959 and soon returned to nursing.

She worked first at a convalescent home, and then joined the pediatric practice of Dr. Leon Donner. She stayed on when Dr. Donner sold his practice in 1979 to Dr. Howard Klein, and remained with him until her retirement in 1991.

During her work, she spoke to many young people about considering medicine as a career, and some took her advice. Among them was her granddaughter, Rebecca Ballantine, now an emergency room nurse at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, family members said.

Mrs. Sadowsky enjoyed cooking, especially Eastern European dishes. She was an avid gardener and liked taking cruises.

She was a former member of the Liberty Jewish Center and in recent years was an active member of Adath Yeshurun Congregation in Pikesville.

Services were held Friday.

Also surviving are her husband of 60 years, Samuel Sadowsky, a retired clothing store manager; two sons, John Sadowsky of Columbia and Robert Sadowsky of Herndon, Va.; a daughter, Jean Laws of Salisbury; three sisters, Nancy Gordon of Boston, and Hilda Witkes and Beatrice Canan, both of Worcester, Mass.; six other grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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