Agnes F. HostettlerTaught languagesAgnes Freudenberg Hostettler, a...


Agnes F. Hostettler

Taught languages

Agnes Freudenberg Hostettler, a teacher of German, French and European folklore, died July 12 after a heart attack at Kennedy International Airport in New York as she was returning from a trip to Europe.

Dr. Hostettler, who was 75, had lived at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville since 1991.

She had been a volunteer storyteller for children at the Epiphany Episcopal Church Day Care Center in Timonium since last year.

From 1985 until her final retirement in 1988, she taught German at Statesville High School in North Carolina. Before then, from 1980 until 1983, she was visiting professor of German and French at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

Dr. Hostettler was on the faculty of Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., from 1963 until 1976. She taught German, French and European folklore, and reached the rank of associate professor.

From 1959 until 1961, she taught French and German in high schools in Iredell County, N.C.

For her work in folklore, she was awarded the Cross of the Knights by the West German government in 1981.

The former Agnes Hedwig Freudenberg was born in Heidelberg, Germany. She graduated from Lutheran College in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and the University of Zurich in Switzerland and studied commercial art at a technical college in Basel, Switzerland.

In 1942, she married Ernst Hostettler in Switzerland and they came to the United States in 1949.

In this country, she earned a bachelor's degree in French and German from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., and a master's degree in German and a doctorate in modern languages from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Dr. Hostettler was a former president of the American Association of Teachers of German, and a former vice president of the American Association of University Professors at East Carolina University and of the Statesville Chapter of the American Association of University Women. She was also a member of the American Folklore Society and the Pennsylvania-German Folklore Society.

In Charlotte, she started a society for German language and culture.

She was also active in the Charlotte Friends Meeting, serving on its Peace Committee. She was a member of the American Friends Service Committee delegation to the Paris peace talks that ended the Vietnam war in 1973.

Mr. Hostettler died in 1980.

memorial service for Mrs. Hostettler is to be conducted at 2 p.m. Sept. 4 in the auditorium at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

She is survived by five daughters, Dorothea H. Scandella of Gaithersburg, Anna H. Hooker of Towson, Verena H. Putnam of Middlebury, Vt., Susan H. Fullas of Allentown, Pa., and Rebecca H. Babbitt of Burlington, Vt.; a sister, Marie Louise Freudenberg of Locust Valley, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the American Friends Service Committee or to the Residents Assistance Fund at Broadmead.

Rev. George McAdams

Pathologist, priest

The Rev. George B. McAdams, a former resident of Baltimore who became a pathologist and later an Episcopal priest, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Bath, Maine, after an illness. He was 72.

Dr. McAdams had lived in Rackliff Island, Maine, since 1982. From 1976 to 1982, he was rector of Old St. Andrew's Episcopal

Church in Bloomfield, Conn. Long active in the

parish, he was ordained as a perpetual deacon in 1961 and as a priest in 1970.

In 1976, he retired as a pathologist at Hartford (Conn.) Hospital, where he had worked for many years. He had been director of both the Resident Training Program and the Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine at the hospital.

After he retired, Dr. McAdams continued to work part time at the hospital until he moved to Maine.

Born in Richmond, Va., he moved to Baltimore with his family while in his teens. He graduated from the Gilman School, Princeton University and the Johns Hopkins University medical school.

He wrote two published books, one about a vacation trip and the other dealing with religion and nature.

He was president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine in 1973 and 1974.

Services for Dr. McAdams were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Thomaston, Maine, and at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Old St. Andrew's Church in Bloomfield.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Alice Iglehart; three sons, Thomas McAdams of Portland, Ore., Carter McAdams of Oberlin, Ohio, and Edward McAdams of Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Mary Hampton of Lander, Wyo.; a sister, Juliet Carey of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Howard Plater

Former steel worker

Howard Plater, a retired steel worker, died Tuesday of heart disease at his home on Stamford Road in West Baltimore. He was 60.

He retired four years ago from the tin mill at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, where he had worked for 30 years.

The Baltimore native was educated in the public school system. He served in the Army during the Korean War and later joined the National Guard.

Services for Mr. Plater were to be conducted at noon today at Sharon Baptist Church, Stricker and Presstman streets in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joan Harmon; five daughters, Valencia Plater of Baltimore, Deborah Lucas of Vidalia, Ga., Sheri Adams of Delaware, Kaylinda Bundick of Raleigh, N.C., and Valerie Moore of East Orange, N.J.; four brothers, Leon, Ernest and Henson Plater and Richard Cofield, all of Baltimore; a sister, Ruby White of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Josephine Van Ness

Office worker

Josephine Redwood Van Ness, 91, who did office work for a railroad and a newspaper, died July 16 of cancer at her North Baltimore home.

The former Josephine Redwood was born and reared in Ruxton. As a young woman, she worked for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad and the Baltimore News-Post.

In 1925, she married Bartow Van Ness Jr., who died in 1978.

A memorial service was to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., Baltimore.

She is survived by a son, Bartow Van Ness III of Chestertown; a daughter, Barbara Van Ness of Elkridge Estates; a sister, Catherine Redwood Middleton of Centreville, and a brother, John Redwood Jr. of Elkridge Estates.

The family suggested memorial contributions may be made to the Union Memorial Hospice.


Rosalie Dickson

Westinghouse inspector

Rosalie Dickson, an inspector for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. for many years, died Wednesday of cancer at the Joseph Richey Hospice.

She was 55 and had lived in Glen Burnie for nearly 35 years. She worked at the Westinghouse plant at Baltimore-Washington International Airport for 29 years, leaving three years ago.

The former Rosalie DiFatta was a native of Chicago.

Her husband, Robert J. Dickson, died in 1986.

Services for Mrs. Dickson were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W. in Glen Burnie.

She is survived by a daughter, Tracy S. Frantz of Glen Burnie, and two grandchildren.

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