Kolker, Shirley

December 19, 2006

SHIRLEY ANN BROWNSTEIN KOLKER, born on September 13, 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky, died early in the morning of Saturday, December 16, 2006, at her home at Sunrise Assisted Living in Columbia, Maryland. Shirley was the youngest of four children born to Ida Warth Brownstein and Dr. Samuel Brownstein. She is predeceased by Jerome Leonard Kolker, her husband of 59 years, her siblings Beatrice Brownstein Ringol, Alfred "Butsy" Brownstein, Edward Brownstein and her son-in-law, Cary Paul Carlson. Shirley is survived by her daughter Mary Lou Carlson and son-in-law Guy Clatterbaugh of Columbia, Maryland; grandson Justin A. Carlson and wife Tanya also of Columbia; son Thomas Lee Kolker, daughter-in-law Virginia Raymond, and grandchildren Joseph, Rebecca Pauline, and Louis Raymond-Kolker of Austin, Texas. Shirley met her future husband Jerry Kolker, a graduate of Towson State Teachers College, at a USO dance in Louisville during WWII. Jerry later graduated from the Army NCO School and participated in the Normandy invasion attaining the rank of Captain. Shirley meanwhile graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Education. After marrying in Louisville, Shirley and Jerry moved to Baltimore, where she taught elementary school. They later moved to Owings Mills and Pikesville. Their daughter, Mary Lou Kolker (later Carlson), was born in 1949 and their son, Thomas Lee Kolker, in 1951. Jerry worked for Maryland Lumber before founding Fort McHenry Lumber Company in 1963 and Middle Atlantic Wholesale Lumber, Inc, in 1977 where Mary Lou Carlson is President today. Shirley entered a graduate program at Loyola University in Baltimore, earning her Master's in Education in 1966. She tutored children with dyslexia and reading disabilities. Her interests included classical and choral music, ballet, sculpting, gourmet cooking and gardening. She also volunteered with the Girl Scouts as a troop leader for many years. Shirley and Jerry were avid ballroom dancers, participating in International Dance competitions. The family wishes to thank all those who provided loving care during her illness including Dr. Li. A memorial will take place on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 11:30 at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, with Maryland, Rabbi Starr and Cantor Jan Morrison officiating, and will be followed by a short graveside service at the Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, Md. 21117.

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