Bernadette M. Ridenour

Bernadette M. Ridenour (Courtesy of the family, Baltimore Sun / July 19, 2014)

Bernadette M. Ridenour, a homemaker and former stenographer, died Wednesday of dementia at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 88.

The daughter of Louis and Elsie Intlekofer, German immigrant bakers, Bernadette Marie Intlekofer was born in Baltimore and raised on Federal Street in East Baltimore.

After graduating from Catholic High School in 1944, in the school's second graduating class, she worked as a secretary for a Baltimore Insurance company.

In 1947, she married William F. Ridenour, a World War II veteran who later was yardmaster of the old Pennsylvania Railroad's Bayview Yard in East Baltimore.

The couple were longtime residents of Gardenville, where they raised their four children. Mr. Ridenour, who later worked for Conrail, a successor company to Penn Central and the Pennsy, died in 2004.

During the 1970s, Mrs. Ridenour worked as a stenographer for the city Department of Social Services on Greenmount Avenue.

She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, traveling and entertaining family and friends.

"She eschewed German cooking and liked to cook Maryland dishes such as crab cakes, chicken and spaghetti," said her son, retired Baltimore postmaster William L. Ridenour, who lives in Essex.

Mrs. Ridenour had been a longtime communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church and was also a member of the Sodality.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Ridenour is survived by another son, Thomas H. Ridenour of North East; two daughters, Carol von der Linden of Laurel and Susan D. Dooley of Columbia; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com