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Frances Schmidt, homemaker and former department store worker

Mrs. Schmidt worked at Stewart's in Baltimore and visited Macy's in New York.

Frances Dulkerian Schmidt, a homemaker who had also worked in a Baltimore department store, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 30 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community. The former Lutherville and Homeland resident was 89.

Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Aram G. Dulkerian, an antiquities expert who founded a fine carpets store, and his wife, Emma.

She grew up on Cold Spring Lane and was a 1945 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame. She earned a bachelor's degree at Goucher College, and was later a Goucher donor.

She joined Stewart's department store in downtown Baltimore. Family members said she has been sent to visit the R.H. Macy headquarters store in New York City to learn how to create a Santa Claus program at Stewart's.

Mrs. Schmidt was a longtime member of the Baltimore Country Club, the Woman's Club of Roland Park, the Homeland Garden Club and Second Presbyterian Church.

She resided in Homeland and promoted landscaping improvements. She was a flower arranger and won blue ribbons for her work. She also enjoyed duplicate bridge.

Her husband of 49 years, Robert N. Schmidt, a founder of Charles Chips snack foods and later president of Russell T. Baker Realtors, died in 1998.

Survivors include a son, Robert N. Schmidt Jr. of Orlando, Fla., two daughters, Ann Schmidt Wiltzius of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Stephanie Schmidt Graham of Cockeysville; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services are private.

—Jacques Kelly

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