Angela M. 'Angie' Keister, secretary

She worked at the Baltimore County Courthouse

  • Angela Keister
Angela Keister (Baltimore Sun )
December 18, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Angela M. "Angie" Keister, a retired Baltimore County Courthouse secretary and avid gardener, died Dec. 11 of dementia at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. She was 98.

The daughter of a flooring salesman and a homemaker, Angela Rosemond Menchine was born on Woodbrook Avenue near Druid Hill Park and was raised in Reisterstown.

"As a young girl growing up, she used to spend summers at 'Windmill,' a shoreline property in Virginia on the Potomac belonging to her mother's family," said a nephew, William Menchine of Santa Cruz, Calif. "By all accounts it was a wonderful place to visit each year and the source of countless adventures and memories."

She was a graduate of Baltimore County public schools. During the 1930s, she worked in Washington as a secretary for the Works Progress Administration.

"She was in the first wave of modern professional women that commuted daily by train and spoke fondly of the 'brilliant engineers and project planners' she supported that were working on national infrastructure projects," said her nephew.

In 1947, Mrs. Keister went to work in the Baltimore County Courthouse, where she was a typist and secretary until her retirement in 1977.

Her husband, Harvey Keister, a salesman, died in 1962.

For more than 60 years, Mrs. Keister lived in her Towson home, where she was an accomplished gardener with a particular interest in ornamental plants.

Mrs. Keister was a longtime communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

In addition to Mr. Menchine, she is survived by another nephew and a niece.

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