Eleanor Jaeger

Eleanor E. Jaeger, a homemaker and former department store sales associate who was a longtime active church member, died Sunday of complications from a broken hip at the Knollwood Nursing Home in Millersville.

The Annapolis resident was 99.


The daughter of a roofer and a homemaker, Eleanor Esther Plumhoff was born in Baltimore and raised on Maple Avenue in Overlea.

She was an Eastern High School graduate and married John Roedel Jaeger Jr., a research chemist, in 1936. He died in 1967.

During the 1960s, Mrs. Jaeger worked as a sales associate at the old Stewart's department store on York Road in Rodgers Forge and at Golden Ring Mall.

She was a lifetime member of Overlea Methodist Church — now Overlea Chapel United Methodist Church — where she had sung in its choir and had been president and treasurer of United Methodist Women.

Mrs. Jaeger had been chairperson of the board of trustees and had served on the finance committee. For more than 50 years, she volunteered with the church's annual bake sale and was involved with many other church functions.

She volunteered at Franklin Square Medical Center for two decades until stepping down when she was 91.

The former longtime Taylor Avenue resident moved to Annapolis in 2005 and attended Crofton United Methodist Church, where she was an active member of the Seasoned Seniors and Stitchers.

A world traveler, Mrs. Jaeger kept a detailed record of her trips, family members said.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Overlea Chapel United Methodist Church, 3902 Overlea Ave.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. J. Roedel Jaeger Jr. of Kingsville and R. Bruce Jaeger of Annapolis; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.