Harriet I. Ressler, 95, elementary school teacher


Harriet Isabelle Ressler, a retired Baltimore County elementary school teacher who had lived in the Rosedale-Chesaco Park area for many years, died in her sleep Saturday at the home of a daughter in Anderson, Ind. She was 95.

She was born Harriet Isabelle Duvall in Highlandtown and raised in eastern Baltimore County. She was a 1927 graduate of Towson High School and earned a degree in education in 1929 from what was then Towson Normal School. She earned a master's degree in education from her alma mater in the 1960s.

Mrs. Ressler began teaching at Dundalk Elementary School in the 1930s. After taking time off to raise her family during the 1940s, she returned to teaching primary and special-education students in 1948.

She taught primarily at Essex and Rosedale elementary schools before retiring in the late 1960s.

She was married for 45 years to Adam B. Ressler, who died last year.

Mrs. Ressler was an avid gardener and liked crocheting afghans for family members. She enjoyed traveling and reading history and geography books.

She lived in Cape Coral, Fla., from 1977 until 2002, when she moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. Since last year, she had lived in Anderson.

She had been active for many years at Chesaco Avenue United Methodist Church in Rosedale, which her parents started in their home. She was later a member of the First Church of God in Highlandtown and Gardenville.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at Miller-Dippel Funeral Home, 6415 Belair Road in Parkville.

Mrs. Ressler is survived by a son, Duvall A. Jones of West Lafayette, Ind.; two daughters, Shirley I. Williams of Towson and Lucille G. Fridley of Anderson, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Carol A. Holzman of White Marsh; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A marriage to George C. Jones ended in divorce.

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