Barbara M. Guidera died of acute myeloid leukemia Sunday at her Lutherville home.
Barbara M. Guidera died of acute myeloid leukemia Sunday at her Lutherville home. (HANDOUT / HANDOUT)

Barbara M. Guidera, a former bank teller and homemaker who was known for her lavish weekly Sunday brunches, died of acute myeloid leukemia Sunday at her Lutherville home. She was 83.

The daughter of Michael Joseph Muth, owner of Muth Brothers Pharmacy, and Genevieve Keating Muth, a seamstress, Barbara Muth was born in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook.

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After graduating from Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1951, she worked as a clerk for four years for the FBI.

She was married in 1954 to James G. Guidera Sr., who worked in construction quality control, and they settled into a home in the 6000 block of Bellona Ave.

"You could call our neighborhood North Govans or South Cedarcroft, depending on who you were trying to impress," said a daughter, Jill Guidera Packo of Lutherville, with a laugh.

Mrs. Guidera worked for 26 years as a bank teller at the old Union Trust Co. in its main office on South Street and in Roland Park, all while raising her five children. She retired from the bank in the 1990s.

Since 2000, Mrs. Guidera and her husband lived in Lutherville, where their home was the gathering place for a weekly Sunday brunch for family and friends.

"She'd make scrapple, sausage and bacon and then, like a short-order cook, she made eggs to order," Ms. Packo said. "Another specialty she made was Tangled Britches — which is fried dough topped with powdered sugar. The grandchildren just loved them."

"This tradition is a testament to her love of family and keeping the 'clan' close," she added.

Mrs. Guidera and her husband enjoyed attending their children's, and later grandchildren's, sporting events and performances.

She also looked forward each year to vacationing in Ocean City, Ms. Packo said.

Mrs. Guidera was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5502 York Road, Govans, where a Mass celebrating her life will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Guidera is survived by three sons, James G. Guidera Jr. of Georgetown in Washington, J. Jeffrey Guidera of Lutherville and Jon Guidera of Mays Chapel; another daughter, Joann Golden of Timonium; a brother, Michael Muth of Arizona; two sisters, Helen Otell of Lutherville and Harriet Roche of Mays Chapel; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen

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