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Hilda L. Semesky, 100

The Baltimore Sun

Hilda L. Semesky, a homemaker and longtime Northwest Baltimore resident, died in her sleep Monday at Lorien Mays Chapel Health Care Center. She was 100.

Hilda Dixon was born and raised at 2141 N. Pulaski St. and graduated in 1925 from Western High School.

After high school, she worked briefly as a typist for the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. in Baltimore.

In 1927, she met her future husband, Gustav J. Semesky, at a dance at the old Dixie Ballroom at Gwynn Oak Park. They married the next year.

"I liked him enough that I let him walk me home," Mrs. Semesky told The Sun in a 1995 interview, adding that he was a good dancer.

After they married, they moved into a home at 2139 N. Pulaski St., right next to her girlhood home, and lived there for nearly 70 years before moving to an apartment in Catonsville, said her son, Donald C. Semesky of Bethany Beach, Del.

In 1995, the couple was honored for their 66 years of marriage at a special Mass that was offered by Cardinal William H. Keeler.

Mrs. Semesky told a reporter that their marriage had endured "by sharing the good times and the bad times."

Mr. Semesky, who had been a chemist for U.S. Industrial Chemicals Co., died in 2000.

Mrs. Semesky had been a communicant of St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church but for the past 30 years was a parishioner of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church on North Calvert Street.

Mrs. Semesky had been active with the Mothers' Club at Loyola High School when her son was a student there.

She enjoyed cooking, entertaining and taking cross-country auto trips.

Mrs. Semesky achieved her longevity through no particular health regimen, her son said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at her church, 805 N. Calvert St.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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