Elisabeth S. Getschel, 94

Homemaker was an avid bridge player

January 22, 2007

Elisabeth S. Getschel, a homemaker and bridge player, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Homeland resident was 94.

Born Elisabeth Smyth in Baltimore, she was raised in the 3000 block of St. Paul St. in Charles Village. She was a 1930 Eastern High School graduate and became a bookkeeper and sales associate at the Albert Smyth Co., then a wholesale jeweler on Hopkins Place in downtown Baltimore that was founded and owned by her father.

During the Depression of the 1930s, she walked between her home and the family business to save streetcar fare, family members said. After leaving the business to marry, she retained an ownership in it. The jewelry store is now a retail operation in Timonium.

In the 1930s she married Leonard G. Getschel, a Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co. senior vice president. He died in 1987.

A member of the Johns Hopkins Club and the Woman's Club of Roland Park, Mrs. Getschel also belonged to seven bridge clubs and competed in games several times a week.

Services were held Friday at Second Presbyterian Church, where she was a member.

Survivors include a son, Leonard G. Getschel Jr. of Lutherville; a daughter, Barbara Sawyer of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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