Phyllis Cearfoss, 80

The Baltimore Sun

Phyllis J. Cearfoss, an artist and longtime Catonsville resident, died of pneumonia Friday at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 80

Phyllis J. Ziehm was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. She was a 1945 graduate of Catonsville High School.

During World War II, she began exchanging letters and pictures with Arthur R. Cearfoss, who was her neighbor's brother. After the war, the couple married in 1946.

Mr. Cearfoss, a contractor, built the couple's Catonsville home, where he lived until his death in 1974.

Mrs. Cearfoss, a self-taught artist who worked in oils, watercolors and pen and ink, had taught students painting in her home.

She enjoyed painting Eastern Shore scenes, landscapes and portraits. She also painted china.

Mrs. Cearfoss, who was an accomplished, cook enjoyed preparing such German dishes as sour beef and potato dumplings, cucumbers and onions, and apple strudel.

She enjoyed traveling to Europe and spending time at a second home on Kent Island. She was also an avid duckpin bowler.

Mrs. Cearfoss was an active member of the Catonsville Historical Society.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the McNabb Funeral Home, 301 Frederick Road, Catonsville.

Surviving are a son, Gary P. Cearfoss of Crownsville; a brother, Robert Ziehm of Woodbine; and two grandchildren. Another son, David Cearfoss, died in 2001.

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