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Mary K. Wheeler, fitness center owner

Mary K. Wheeler, the retired owner of a women's fitness center, died of kidney failure March 14 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Arnold resident was 70.

Born Mary Klimczack in Baltimore and raised in Brooklyn, she was a 1959 Seton High School graduate. She attended nursing training at St. Agnes Hospital.

Family members said she had an interest in physical fitness and opened her own center in homes that she owned in the Glen Burnie area and in Nashua, N.H.

"She was one of the original Jane Fonda persons," said her husband, John B. Wheeler, who is a retired City of Annapolis worker. "She had classes every day of the week for women. She loved her work."

He said she was also a devoted grandmother and enjoyed taking her two grandchildren on trips to Ocean City. She also enjoyed spending time on Cape Cod each fall.

"She was a person who loved beautiful things and scenery," her husband said.

In addition to her husband of 29 years and grandchildren, survivors include a son, Michael Cierniak of Pasadena; a daughter, Terri Rose of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two stepsons, Michael Wheeler of Catonsville and Scott Wheeler of Reading, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Michele Short of St. Mary's County; and two sisters, Jean Dabrowka of Severn and Joan Larimer of Severna Park. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

Plans for a private memorial service are incomplete.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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