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Isabel P. Dierkoph, 99, bridge teacher, homemaker


Isabel Patterson Dierkoph, a bridge teacher and homemaker, died Sunday at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 99.

Family members said she was 17 days short of her 100th birthday and died of complications related to old age.

Born Isabel Marie Shue in Hampstead, she was a 1923 graduate of Hampstead High School and moved to Baltimore to take a job with Maryland Casualty Co. at its then-new building on 40th Street.

After marrying William R. Patterson, a United Railways and Electric Co. executive, in 1925, she raised a family and opened and managed a Belvedere Avenue gift shop for photographer A. Aubrey Bodine's brother, Seeber K. Bodine.

After her husband's death in 1970, she began teaching duplicate bridge at her North Baltimore home. She also compiled a list of 60 widows who played the game. She was a volunteer bridge teacher at the Manor Care Nursing Home and Bykota Senior Center, both in Towson.

"Many of the bridge teachers in the city were not interested in teaching beginners," said her daughter, Phyllis Patterson Feldmann of Baltimore. "She had great successes with them, and many came back when they were Life Masters and thanked her for getting them started in the game."

In 1974, she married Henry K. Dierkoph, a retired Riggs National Bank vice president. They lived in Green Spring Valley until his death in 1984.

She was a member of the Spiritual Science Church and lectured along the East Coast on its beliefs. She wrote a small book, Manna II, about her beliefs, and was planning another at her death.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. July 2 at Edenwald, 800 Southerly Road.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Donald Patterson of Baltimore; a stepson, Henry K. Dierkoph Jr. of Auburn, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

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