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Sarah Leiter Remsberg, 81, educator and college...

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Sarah Leiter Remsberg, 81, educator and college trustee

Sarah Leiter Remsberg, a longtime Maryland educator who was a Hood College trustee and president of the Maryland State Teachers Association, died Oct. 17 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 81.

Mrs. Remsberg, the widow of J. Homer Remsberg, died at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport, where she moved from her home in Middletown.

Born in Hagerstown, she was the only member of her family to receive an advanced degree. After her graduation from Hood College, she went to Columbia University for a master's degree.

Her younger brother, Franklin Leiter, said his sister taught high school in Middletown and later was a guidance counselor at two public schools in Prince George's County.

She later was elected president of Frederick County and Prince George's County teachers associations before becoming president of the Maryland State Teachers Association.

In the 1950s she began working for the Maryland Department of Education as coordinator of pupil services for the division of instruction. After 13 years, she retired in 1969.

In the 1970s she served three terms as a trustee for Hood College and chaired the alumnae association.

"She was a very good speaker. She could really hold your attention when she talked and got her point across," said her brother.

In 1969, the year she retired from the state, she married J. Homer Remsberg, a dairy farmer who headed the Maryland Purebred Dairy Cattle Association and was a past president of the University of Maryland's alumni association. Mr. Remsberg died in 1976.

Mrs. Remsberg was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown and Christ Reformed Church U.C.C. in Middletown, where she was an elder on the consistory and president of the women's guild.

She was the first lay person to chair the Church and Ministry Committee of the Catoctin Association of the United Church of Christ.

In addition to her brother Franklin, she is survived by two other brothers, Odello McCardell Leiter of Hagerstown and Richard Maxwell Leiter of Cross Junction, Va.; two sisters, Catherine Leiter Bowman and Anna Leiter Hershey of Hagerstown; two stepsons, Adrian McCardell Remsberg and J. Homer Remsberg

Jr. of Middletown; and one stepdaughter, Carol Remsberg Bare of Westminster.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Minnich Funeral Home, 416 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Burial will be in Christ Reformed Church Cemetery in Middletown.

Memorial donations may be made to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 LTC Randolph Ave., Hagerstown; Christ Reformed Church, South Church Street, Middletown; or Hood College in Frederick.

Kay Stanford, 54, clinical social worker

Kay Stanford, a clinical social worker, died Wednesday of cancer at her home in Columbia after a two-year illness. She was 54.

She spent 22 years at Taylor Manor Hospital, where she was assistant director of the social work department and program director for adult services. She also had a private counseling practice.

Born Kay Hoffman in Pennsylvania, she began her career in 1966 after receiving a master's degree from the Bryn Mawr College of Social Work. Her first job was with the Department of the Army in Walter Reed Hospital's family psychiatry program.

After she and John Stanford were married in 1967, they moved to San Jose, Calif., where she worked on adoptions for the Department of Social Services in Santa Clara County.

The couple returned to Maryland in 1969 and Mrs. Stanford worked for several years at Taylor Manor before taking time out to raise her children. She returned to Taylor Manor in 1978.

She served on the board of directors of the Howard County Mental Health Association from 1982 through 1990 and was its president in 1987 and 1988. She initiated and coordinated an annual seminar for social work professionals sponsored by the association and Taylor Manor.

She also designed and taught a graduate course in loss and bereavement at Loyola College from 1992 until 1994. She was a clinical instructor for the School of Social Work at Smith College in 1991 and 1992.

She conducted evening therapy sessions for partners of incest survivors for the Howard County Sexual Assault Center.

Mrs. Stanford also did research on the role of spouses of clergy members and contributed a chapter -- "When the Mrs. Is a Reverend" -- for a 1990 book, "Surviving in Ministry," published by the Paulist Press.

She was a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

For 23 years, she was a member of St. John's United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Columbia, where she was chairwoman of its governing council for two three-year terms, headed its long-range planning committee for five years and led its search committee in the 1988 selection of a minister.

A memorial service will be held at 7: 30 p.m. today at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Mark R. Stanford and Lee M. Stanford, both of Columbia; and her mother, Leanna Endriss of Columbia; a brother, Carl Hoffman of Magnolia, Del.; a stepbrother, Robert Endriss of Ridley Park, Pa.; and a granddaughter.

Pub Date: 10/21/96

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