Susan E. Karshmer, 37, day-care administrator
Susan E. Karshmer, an adult day-care administrator, accomplished horsewoman and the mother of four young daughters, died Thursday at Sinai Hospital after a four-week battle with a massive infection. The Owings Mills resident was 37.
The exact cause of her illness was unknown, but doctors suspect it was toxic shock syndrome, said her father, Norman Karshmer of Baltimore.
Born in Baltimore, Ms. Karshmer graduated from Milford Mill High School in 1981 and from what is now Towson University in 1985. In her early teens she began breeding show dogs - Great Danes, dachshunds and briards, a French sheepdog breed - and won championship ribbons in competitions all over the United States, her father said.
In 1987, she married Kenneth L. Blum, and the couple bought a horse farm, Summerhill Farms in Sparks. Ms. Karshmer ran the 30-horse farm, giving riding lessons and cleaning stalls while raising her children.
The couple was divorced last year, and Ms. Karshmer worked as a marketer for a family company, Heritage Health Care, which provides adult day-care services for frail elderly clients. At the time of her death, she was program director of the company's Towson branch.
She was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.
Services were held Sunday.
Ms. Karshmer also is survived by her mother, Allyn Karshmer of Baltimore; her daughters, Sydney Blum, 11, Montana Blum, 10, Jackson Blum, 8, and Kennedy Blum, 5, all of Owings Mills; her grandmother, Leona Karshmer of Denver; and three uncles, Arthur Karshmer of Tampa, Fla., Bernard Karshmer of Denver and Robert Roseman of Atlanta.