Helen L. Ohrenschall, a homemaker and former teacher, died of a stroke April 6 at Sinai Hospital. She was 81.
Helen Louise Williams was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Brooklyn neighborhood.
She was a 1942 graduate of Southern High School and attended the University of Maryland, College Park.
After earning a bachelor's degree in English from the Johns Hopkins University's McCoy College in 1946, she taught students with cerebral palsy for several years.
She later returned to Hopkins, where she earned a master's degree in English and taught at the University of Baltimore during the 1966 academic year.
Mrs. Ohrenschall, who lived in Guilford for many years before moving to Roland Park Place in 2005, volunteered at the Evergreen House, Homewood House and Paul's Place.
"She also did charitable sewing for Central Maryland CAN TOO! Inc.," said her daughter, Susan C. Baxter of Monkton. The organization distributes clothing to the needy.
Mrs. Ohrenschall's interests included art history, architecture and travel. She was a collector of Japanese figurines and rose medallion china.
Her husband of 49 years, Fred H. Ohrenschall, a retired furniture manufacturers' representative, died in 1997.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 19 in the carriage house of Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St.
Also surviving are two sons, John C. Ohrenschall of Baltimore and Frederick W. Ohrenschall of Bear, Del.; and four grandchildren.