Anita M. Golden, 98

Homemaker, bridge player

January 18, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Anita M. Golden, a homemaker and bridge player, died of pneumonia Jan. 10 at St. Joseph Medical Center. She celebrated her 98th birthday last month.

Anita Marie Hartzell was born in Baltimore, a direct descendant of Charles Carroll of Carrollton. She was also the daughter of Harry O. Hartzell, who was vice president of traffic for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

Raised in Roland Park, she was a 1928 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School in Mount Washington and earned a bachelor's degree in English and foreign languages from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1933.

In 1936, she married Dr. Thomas Kernan Golden, a Youngstown, Ohio, orthopedic surgeon. After his death in 1958, she moved to Stoneleigh, where she lived until 1986.

Mrs. Golden later moved to Mays Chapel and had been a resident of Stella Maris for the past six months.

Mrs. Golden enjoyed playing bridge and founded the Stoneleigh Bridge Club in 1959. At her death, she was the oldest member of the group.

A duckpin bowler since 1959 and until she turned 90, she regularly bowled with the Notre Dame Preparatory School Mother's Bowling League.

"Although she never joined a formal volunteer program, she visited several elderly women weekly for years and would take them to lunch and for rides in the country," said a son, Peter Carroll Golden of New Freedom, Pa.

Mrs. Golden attended daily Mass at St Pius X in Rodgers Forge, St. Mary of the Assumption in Govans or the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

"When she stopped driving at 90, she hired a driving service to take her to Mass," said her daughter, Katherine Golden Goetz of Timonium.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

Also surviving are another son, James W. Golden of Ruxton; a sister, Katharine Hartzell van den Berg of Towson; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Another son, Thomas K. Golden Jr., died in 2001.

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