Camilla V. Ogrinz, 92

Homemaker, gardener

May 01, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Camilla V. Ogrinz, a homemaker and rose gardener, died of heart failure Friday at her daughter's home in Charlotte, N.C. The former Guilford resident was 92.

Camilla Vondracek, the daughter of a Methodist Episcopal priest who helped found Southern Methodist University, was born in Rosebud, Texas.

She lived in Mount Pleasant, Pa., before moving to Baltimore in the late 1920s, when her father became pastor of the old Mount Tabor Methodist Episcopal Church on Washington Street in East Baltimore.

After graduating from Eastern High School in 1935, she attended Strayer's Business College. In the late 1930s, she went to work at Hutzler's department store on Howard Street, eventually becoming manager of its budget shop.

Mrs. Ogrinz was married in 1940 to Alexander J. Ogrinz Jr., a pharmacist, who died in 1985.

The couple lived for many years on Parkside Drive in Gardenville, where Mrs. Ogrinz indulged her passion for roses, planting some 24 varieties in her garden. She was often asked by family members and neighbors to do floral arrangements for social gatherings.

Mrs. Ogrinz was also an accomplished oil painter, and earlier during the 1930s, produced detailed medical drawings for medical students at the University of Maryland.

She had been a Cub Scout den mother and assisted with infants at St. John's of Hamilton United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Ogrinz lived in Guilford for 15 years before moving to Charlotte in 1995.

Services for Mrs. Ogrinz will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 12 at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Surviving are her daughter, Cordelia E. Ogrinz-Kuhn of Charlotte; two sisters, Grace Bowen of Jacksonville, Ala., and Thamar McGregor of Hickory, N.C.; and two grandsons. Her son, Alexander J. Ogrinz III, died in 1996.

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