Mary Esther R. "Essie" Feldmann, a retired registered nurse and pioneering Rodgers Forge resident, died Sunday of complications from dementia at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.
Earlier this month, family and friends gathered to celebrate Mrs. Feldmann's 103rd birthday. She was born Jan. 13, 1910, in Baltimore.
The daughter of a carriage maker and a homemaker, Mary Esther Roche was raised in Mount Washington.
After graduating from Mount St. Agnes High School in 1929, she earned her nursing degree from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1932.
Mrs. Feldmann began her nursing career at what is now Mercy Medical Center and later joined the nursing staff at Bon Secours Hospital.
In 1935, she married Joseph G. Feldmann Sr., a banker. The next year, the couple became the third family to move to Hopkins Road in Rodgers Forge, when they purchased a home at 417.
Mr. Feldmann died in 1978.
After her children were grown, Mrs. Feldmann returned to nursing in the 1950s when she took a job with the Baltimore County Health Department's Division of School Health.
From 1956 until 1981, when she retired, she was the school nurse at Immaculate Conception parochial school in Towson.
"She was also the neighborhood nurse," said a son, John S. "Jack" Feldmann of Dover, Pa. "Folks would come to the house with cuts, bruises and broken bones."
"We knew everybody in the block, and we were always running back and forth helping each other," Mrs. Feldmann told the Towson Times in an interview earlier this month. "But they'd always come to me before they went to the doctor."
Mrs. Feldmann enjoyed sewing and for years played the organ at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, where she was a parishioner.
"She was also an Orioles fan and never missed a game," her son said.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon Saturday at her church, 6428 York Road, Rodgers Forge.
Also surviving is another son, Joseph G. Feldmann Jr. of Arnold; a daughter, Dorothy Woolard of Tampa, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.