Ruth C. Kammer, registered nurse, traveler

December 02, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Ruth C. Kammer, a retired registered nurse and world traveler, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Nov. 23 at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 92.

Ruth Clemmens was born in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park. She was a 1934 graduate of Seton High School and earned her nursing degree from the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing.

While working as a nurse at the old St. Joseph Hospital on Caroline Street, she met and fell in love with William Henry Kammer Jr., a resident physician. They were married in 1941.

In addition to raising her seven children at their Towson home, Mrs. Kammer worked as the nurse in the medical office her husband maintained in North Baltimore until he retired in 1980.

After her husband's death in 1984, she began traveling extensively through Europe and in 1998 took a cruise around the world.

Mrs. Kammer, an Edenwald resident since 2001, enjoyed playing bridge and was an active member of the St. Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary and the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

A funeral Mass was offered Friday at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans.

Surviving are five sons, William H. Kammer III and Daniel R. Kammer, both of Towson, Gerard J. Kammer of Rockville, John R. Kammer of Baltimore and Richard C. Kammer of Mobile, Ala.; two daughters, Jane K. Powers of Fairhaven and Mary K. Chaseny of Towson; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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