Anna M. Witt, 95, typist at Montgomery Ward

Anna M. Witt, a retired Montgomery Ward clerical worker and avid duckpin bowler, died of cancer Sunday at St. Agnes HealthCare. She was 95.

Born and raised Anna Margaret Hesmar in Southwest Baltimore, she was a graduate of the commercial course at the old Fourteen Holy Martyrs Roman Catholic Church.


Mrs. Witt worked from the 1940s until her retirement in 1970 at the old Montgomery Ward office on Monroe Street, where she was a typist. Earlier, she had been an Ediphone operator -- expert in the use of the dictaphone-type device invented by Thomas A. Edison.

A longtime Calhoun Street resident, she had lived at DePaul House on the grounds of St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center since 1995.


Mrs. Witt was a longtime communicant of St. Martin Roman Catholic Church and an Eucharistic minister. "She was one of the oldest Eucharistic ministers in the Archdiocese of Baltimore," said a son, Robert W. Witt of Fullerton.

Mrs. Witt was a member of several duckpin leagues.

"She was still driving her 1986 Buick Skylark until she was 92," Mr. Witt said.

She was married for 44 years to Frank J. Witt, a former Baltimore police officer who died in 1974.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Martin Roman Catholic Church, Fulton Avenue and Fayette Street.

Mrs. Witt also is survived by another son, Francis J. Witt of Andover, Mass.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.