Kathleen M. Zeidler, a retired legal secretary and homemaker, died Friday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a Kensington assisted-living facility. The longtime Roland Park resident was 85.
The daughter of a veterinarian and a homemaker, Ruth Kathleen Fallon was born in Baltimore and spent her early years here before moving with her family in 1929 to Cincinnati.
The family later moved to Thurmont and in 1943 settled in a home on Crest Road in Mount Washington. She was a 1944 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Emmitsburg and studied at what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University and Strayer Business College.
Mrs. Zeidler worked for many years as a legal secretary and bailiff for the old Supreme Bench of Baltimore.
In 1957, she married James Henry "Jim" Mitchell Jr., a banker, and the couple had six children.
He died a decade later of cancer, and in 1968, she married William Henry "Bill" Zeidler, an electrical engineer and widower who had four children.
Mrs. Zeidler and her husband lived for years in a home in the 4600 block of Roland Ave., where they enjoyed entertaining family and friends and hosting crab feasts.
Mrs. Zeidler returned to work in the late 1980s, working as a legal secretary for the Maryland attorney general's office until retiring in 2002.
She volunteered with local charities and regularly made homemade casseroles, which she donated to a local homeless shelter.
"She loved anything Irish, especially Irish music," said a daughter, Megan Mitchell Jacob of Odenton. "St. Patrick's Day was one of her favorite holidays, and she loved celebrating with friends and family and attending Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day Parade."
Mrs. Zeidler looked forward to an annual family vacation at Ocean City that was moved to Sea Isle City, N.J., for the past 15 years.
She was a member for more than 46 years of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where she was a daily communicant.
Her husband died in 2007.
In 2009, she moved to a daughter's home in Kensington and then to the assisted-living facility.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday at her church, 5300 N. Charles St.
Mrs. Zeidler is survived by three sons, James H. Mitchell III and Michael L. Mitchell, both of Baltimore, and Joseph F. Zeidler of Timonium; three other daughters, Stacey M. Kuzma of Kensington, Molly R. Mitchell of Baltimore and Mary M. Gruschow of Carlisle, Pa.; two stepsons, John F. Zeidler of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Dr. William H. Zeidler of Haddam, Conn.; two stepdaughters, Sallie P. Grandi of Jupiter, Fla., and Barbara Z. Kimmitt of Laurel; a sister, Joanne Ratcliffe of Roland Park; 25 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Due to incorrect information provided to The Baltimore Sun, some of Mrs. Zeidler's survivors' names were incorrect. The Sun regrets the error.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun