Beatrice M. Nathanson, 84, owned shoe repair business


Beatrice M. Nathanson, co-owner of a shoe repair business and longtime Stevenson resident, died Nov. 26 of pneumonia at Sinai Hospital. She was 84.

She began working in 1932 at the Century Shoe Repair Co. shop, a downtown Baltimore landmark at 207 Park Ave. that was founded by her father, Sam Myerberg, shortly after the turn of the century. From all over the country, customers mailed leather goods and shoes for repairs.

Mrs. Nathanson waited on customers and managed the extensive mail-order business. She retired after the business was destroyed in a 1992 fire.

The former Beatrice Myerberg was born in Baltimore and graduated from Western High School. In 1938, she married Solomon Nathanson, president of Century Shoe, who died in 1986.

She was a member of Hadassah, the national Jewish women's organization, and Ner Tamid Congregation in Northwest Baltimore. She enjoyed painting still life and landscapes in oils and attending the theater and symphony.

Services were held Friday.

She is survived by two daughters, Judy M. Elbaum of Mount Washington and Linda Caplan of Pikesville; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/03/98

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