Elsie K. Reighart, church educator, dies

She had been director of Christian education at Brown Memorial

  • Elsie K. Reighart
Elsie K. Reighart
May 14, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Elsie K. Reighart, former director of Christian education at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, died May 5 of a pulmonary embolism at Jennersville Hospital in Jennersville, Pa.

The former Timonium resident was 85.

Elsie Weir Kellogg, the daughter of an engineering executive and a homemaker, was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and raised in Maplewood, N.J. She attended Linden Hall, a girls boarding school in Lititz, Pa.

She was married in 1954 to Dr. Robert A. Reighart, a Presbyterian minister, who had been pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Baltimore and later Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Timonium. He died in 1986.

Mrs. Reighart and her husband moved to Wiltondale in 1968 from Boonton, N.J., where Dr. Reighart had been pastor of First Presbyterian Church. They later moved to Timonium.

When her husband was at Faith Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Reighart, who played guitar, sang with Revised Standard Version, a Christian folk music group.

During the 1970s, Mrs. Reighart had been director of Christian education at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Reighart was also a docent at Homewood, on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University. The Homewood Museum had been the summer home of Charles Carroll Jr. and was built in 1801.

For more than 50 years, Mrs. Reighart enjoyed spending summers at a family cottage on Lake Mokoma in Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains.

A resident of Oxford, Pa., where she lived at the Ware Presbyterian Village since 2001, she enjoyed fishing, driving her 1966 Mustang convertible, playing bridge and was a New York Times crossword puzzle enthusiast. She also was an antiques collector.

In Sullivan County, Pa., she was a member of the Women's Club of Laporte, volunteered at the Baldwin House Museum and was a member of the Eagles Mere Country Club.

A celebration of Mrs. Reighart's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 4 at St. John's Community Church in Laporte, Pa.

Surviving are two sons, Charles M. Reighart of Timonium and Timothy W. Reighart of Newark, Del.; and four grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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