Emeline Kroiz

Emeline Kroiz ( )

Emeline S. Kroiz, a retired book editor whose career spanned nearly four decades, died Feb. 7 of heart failure at her home in Harper House in Cross Keys. She was 78.

The daughter of Carl Schick, a baker, and Emeline Schick, Emeline Schick was born and raised in Nutley, N.J.

After graduating from Nutley High School in 1952, Mrs. Kroiz earned a bachelor's degree in 1956 in English from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt.

Mrs. Kroiz moved to New York City and began her career as assistant editor for new fiction at Bantam Books. In 1963, she married Stanley Kroiz, an interior designer, and moved to Baltimore, where they renovated a house on Bolton Hill.

Mrs. Kroiz studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and in the mid-1960s, returned to editing when she took a job with Ottenheimer Publishers Inc. in Pikesville.

Founded in 1890, the company is a book "packager, not a publisher," explained a 1991 article in The Baltimore Sun.

The company purchases rights to books and the "packager usually delivers the finished book to a publishing house that, in turn, stamps its own name on the book and distributes it through its in-house sales force," reported The Sun.

Mrs. Kroiz worked her way up from editing craft books, sewing and needlepoint, and later became editorial director and an expert on dictionaries.

"Along the way, she got to work with Mary Martin on her needlepoint book, and her favorite [author], and adapted the newspaper work of Charles Schulz into book form," said her husband.

Mrs. Kroiz retired in the mid-1990s.

She was an inveterate world traveler and enjoyed attending book fairs in Frankfurt, Germany, and Milan, Italy, said her husband.

Mrs. Kroiz was a member of Beth Am Synagogue.

A memorial service was held Feb. 16 at Sol Levinson & Bros.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Kroiz is survived by two brothers, Carl Schick of Ellicott City and Frank Schick of Richland, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com