Clara Gieske, who was 100 and lived for many years in Catonsville, died Thursday of a respiratory infection at Fairhaven, the Sykesville retirement community where she lived for the past 12 years.
Earlier, she lived in a Beaumont Avenue home that her husband, Walter M. Gieske, an architect, designed before his death in 1926. The former Clara Ehlen was a Baltimore native. At age 5, she was taught needlework by her grandmother. Services were to be conducted at 3 p.m. today in the chapel at Fairhaven, 7200 Third Ave.
She is survived by a sister, Naomi Ridgeway Ehlen of Baltimore; two nieces, Martha Ehlen Fitzgerald of Lakeville, Conn., and Catherine Brydon Ehlen Fitzgerald of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and a number of grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces.
William E. Lumpkin, a retired assembly line worker at the General Motors Corp. plant in Baltimore, died of cancer Monday at his home in White Marsh. Survivors include daughter Ila Dukes of Bel Air.