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Lorraine W. Schmidt, 84, nurse, homemaker


Lorraine W. Schmidt, a homemaker and former nurse, died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 84 and lived in Timonium.

She was an emergency room nurse in the 1940s at what is now Mercy Medical Center, and later the nurse at Camp Deerwood, a boys' summer camp in Holderness, N.H.

Lorraine West was born in Baltimore and raised on Kenwood Avenue. She was a 1936 graduate of Seton High School and earned a degree from the old Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.

Her husband of 46 years, James G. Schmidt, a school supplies company owner, died in 1986.

Mrs. Schmidt was a former member of the Baltimore Country Club, and the Talbot Country Club and Harbor Club, both in Easton. She also was a member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Women's Board from 1954 to 1994.

She was a volunteer at the American Heart Association, Maryland affiliate; Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland; and Memorial Hospital at Easton.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of Stella Maris Hospice Chapel, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.

Mrs. Schmidt is survived by a son, Eric Schmidt of Rodgers Forge; a daughter, Gretchen Schmidt of Stamford, Conn.; a brother, Henry West of Forest Hill; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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