Shirley 'Charlotte' Ponemone, antiques collector

November 15, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Shirley "Charlotte" Ponemone, a homemaker who enjoyed collecting antiques and participating in an annual local herb festival, died Tuesday of lung cancer at Northwest Hospital Center. She was 88.

Shirley Sparer, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., graduated from city public schools.

Before her 1946 marriage to Seymour J. Ponemone, a chemical engineer, she worked as a buyer for Macy's department store.

The couple moved to Randallstown more than 40 years ago. They were active in the Baltimore Herb Festival, which was founded in 1987 and is held each May in Leakin Park.

Mrs. Ponemone held various offices in the organization and prepared food for the festival.

Mr. Ponemone, who had retired from Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum, died in 2006.

She was a knowledgeable antiques collector whose personal collection centered on early American cherry furniture and Chelsea pottery, family members said.

Mrs. Ponemone and her husband were also avid square dancers.

Services were yesterday.

Surviving are a son, Scott D. Ponemone of Baltimore; three daughters, Susan G. Boyer of Katy, Texas, Cynthia I. Stephens of Reno, Nev., and Sara B. Horeff of Severna Park; and six grandchildren.

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