Hanorah K. Alseth, 99

Stenographer, traveler

November 14, 2007

Hanorah K. Alseth, a retired stenographer and world traveler, died Monday of complications from colon cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 99.

She was born Hanorah Fitzpatrick in Abingdon, the daughter of a U.S. Lighthouse Service lighthouse keeper.

The family moved to Baltimore after World War I, and she graduated from Mount St. Agnes High School in Mount Washington in 1926.

She attended Mount St. Agnes College, also in Mount Washington, until dropping out during the Depression to work.

During World War II, Mrs. Alseth worked as an administrative assistant for Balmar Corp. in Woodberry, which manufactured parts for Glenn L. Martin Co. bombers, and for the Manhattan Project, which resulted in the first atomic bombs.

Mrs. Alseth worked for more than 20 years as a stenographer at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street. She retired in the 1970s.

Mrs. Alseth lived on Raymonn Avenue in Northeast Baltimore's Belair-Edison neighborhood for 50 years, before moving in 2003 to the Edenwald retirement community in Towson.

Mrs. Alseth was an active communicant for many years of Most Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church. She was an avid traveler and had traveled throughout the United States and visited Ireland, Italy and France.

Her husband of 22 years, Neil Prendergast, a singer, died in 1949. In 1954, she married Stan Alseth, a Glenn L. Martin Co. aeronautics designer. Mr. Alseth died in 2006.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at Villa Julie, 1531 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson.

Surviving are a son, Patrick O. Prendergast of Glen Burnie; a daughter, Sister Maura Prendergast of Trinity College, Washington; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

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