Warren E. "Libby" Mitzel, Educator

November 01, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Warren E. "Libby" Mitzel, a retired physical-education instructor who taught in city public schools, died of cancer Oct. 22 at the Charlestown retirement community. She was 94.

Warren Elizabeth "Libby" Mitzel, the daughter of a Pennsylvania Railroad freight conductor and a homemaker, was born at home on Keswick Road in Hampden.

She was raised on a family farm in Baltimore County and in 1929 returned to Hampden with her family.

To help support her family during the Depression, Miss Mitzel dropped out of school and went to work for Stieff Silver Co., where she became an engraver.

Miss Mitzel later earned her General Education Development certificate while working during the day and attending classes at City College at night.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1958 in physical education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

She was a phys-ed instructor in city public schools for 22 years until retiring in 1982.

Miss Mitzel was also a Girl Scout leader and worked at Camp Whippoorwill on the Magothy River in Pasadena. She also had been a longtime active member of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Hampden.

In 1980, Miss Mitzel assisted an immigrant Vietnamese family that had settled in Baltimore in finding a home and work and helped them learn English.

"She made certain the family had adequate housing and health care and led them through the process of becoming citizens of our country," said her brother, the Rev. Robert Mitzel, retired pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in Ellicott City and a Charlestown resident. "They called her 'grandmother' and Libby continued her caregiving to the family for nearly 30 years."

Miss Mitzel moved from Hampden to the Catonsville retirement community in 2000.

A memorial service for Miss Mitzel will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at Charlestown, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

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Frederick N. Rasmussen

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