Kathryn Sieverts

[ Age 92 ] Grocery store owner, teacher was active in Lutheran ministries, receiving honors for her outreach work.

December 09, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter

Kathryn W. Sieverts, a former grocery store owner who was active in Lutheran ministries, died in her sleep Tuesday at College Manor nursing home in Lutherville. The former longtime Hampstead resident was 92.

The former Kathryn Wentz was born and raised in Lineboro. She was a Manchester High School graduate and earned a bachelor's degree in 1936 from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College.

She taught home economics, biology and physical education at Sykesville High School from 1936 to 1942.

In 1938, she married Bernard L.C. Sieverts, and four years later, the couple established Sieverts' Self-Service Market on Main Street in Sykesville, which they owned and operated for 25 years.

Mr. Sieverts died in 1968.

Mrs. Sieverts was a longtime member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Hampstead, where she planned many programs for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and was a member of the social ministry committee.

She served on the Mission Action Committee of the Delaware-Maryland Synod Lutheran Church Women.

Mrs. Sieverts was also known as the "Quilt Lady." She and a sister, Miriam Wentz of Lutherville, picked up donated fabric that they distributed to local churches, whose members, in turn, produced quilts.

The two sisters would pick up and deliver the finished quilts to numerous organizations, including Human Services Programs of Carroll County, The Shepherd's Staff and the New Windsor Brethren Center; the quilts were then shipped abroad to be distributed by Lutheran World Relief.

Quilts were also donated to area veterans hospitals and nursing homes. A brick honoring her work was placed in the Quilt Plaza at Lutheran World Relief headquarters in Baltimore.

In 1998, she received the ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod Award for social ministry service for "reaching out to touch the lives of people around the world by dedicating endless hours and energy to providing quilts for those around the world."

Mrs. Sieverts was also involved with the National Lutheran Home in Rockville, worked on synod committees dealing with hunger and served on the board of the Lederer Ministries, a Christian witness program for Jewish people. She also was an active member of the Church and Synagogue Library Fellowship, a national organization that promotes church libraries.

She was a co-founder of the Literacy Council of Carroll County, and had been a member of the board of the Carroll County Historical Society and served two terms as a member of the Carroll County Commission on Aging.

In 1995, Soroptimist International of Westminster selected Mrs. Sieverts as the Outstanding Woman of Carroll County for her volunteer efforts, especially in establishing the Literacy Council.

"She went to at least three meetings a day for years and years," said her daughter, Mary Ann Ensminger of Hampstead.

Since 1975, Mrs. Sieverts had also been a member of the Baltimore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and had held many positions in the local and national organization, including docent at the organization's headquarters in Continental Hall and Constitution Hall in Washington.

She was a life member of the DAR Museum and a member of the DAR's Veteran Patients committee.

Mrs. Sieverts was an avid gardener and member of the Maryland Daffodil Society and Maryland Rose Society.

"She also collected angels, and made hundreds of angel food cakes for friends in place of birthday and get-well-cards for nursing home patients and as donations for bake sales for charities," her daughter said.

A memorial service was held yesterday at her church.

Also surviving are two sons, John W. Sieverts of Towson and Louis B. Sieverts of Lutherville; a brother, George Wentz of Hanover, Pa.; another sister, Mary Ellen Hines of Mitchellville; and four grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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