Monica B. Himmelheber, 93, homemaker, C&P; operator

Monica B. Himmelheber, a homemaker and former Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. operator, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Columbia. She was 93.

Born Monica B. Stricker in New Freedom, Pa., she left school after the sixth grade to help support her family.


She later moved to Baltimore and worked during the late 1920s and 1930s as an operator for C&P;'s downtown Vernon exchange.

In 1938, she married Thomas J. Himmelheber, a Standard Oil Co. salesman who died in 1964.


Mrs. Himmelheber had lived on Sagra Road in Original Northwood from 1951 until moving in 2001.

She had been a member of the Loyola High School Mother's Club and volunteered with Our Daily Bread.

Mrs. Himmelheber was fond of reading and especially enjoyed Russian and French literature.

She was a 50-year communicant and attended daily Mass at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Surviving are two sons, Charles M. Himmelheber of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and John X. Himmelheber of Columbia; a daughter, Mary Louise "Lea" Billingslea of Cardiff; a brother, William F. Stricker of Towson; and nine grandchildren. Another son, Thomas I. Himmelheber, died in 1995.