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Margaret M. 'Peggy' Herder, secretary

Margaret M. "Peggy" Herder, a former school and legal secretary, died April 16 from complications of an infection at Howard County General Hospital. She was 90.

A daughter of a Baltimore & Ohio railroader and a homemaker, the former Margaret Mae Partridge was born in Baltimore and raised on Pentwood Road in Northeast Baltimore.

She was a 1940 graduate of Eastern High School, and three years later married Godfrey August Herder Jr., an accountant. He died in 2003.

During the early 1960s, Mrs. Herder was a school secretary at the Park School in Brooklandville, and from the late 1970s until the 1980s when she retired, she was a legal secretary for the Ellicott City law firm of Seibert, Seibert & Nippert, family members said.

An Ellicott City resident since 1969, Mrs. Herder and her husband volunteered for 20 years with Meals On Wheels of Central Maryland.

A crossword puzzle fan, Mrs. Herder was also an avid reader and traveler.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 4.

Mrs. Herder is survived by a son, John J. Herder of Glenwood; a daughter, P. Jan Gladhill of Damascus; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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