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Ilse A. Stein, physical therapist, dies

Ilse Stein helped maintain the community green spaces on Gibson Island.
Ilse Stein helped maintain the community green spaces on Gibson Island.(Handout / HANDOUT)

Ilse A. Stein, a retired Baltimore public schools therapist and a Master Gardener, died Jan. 4 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at her Broadmead Retirement Community home. The former North Roland Park resident was 83.

The former Ilse Ann Farinholt, daughter of LeRoy Whiting Farinholt, a University of Maryland School of Law professor, and his wife, Osra Gault Farinholt, a homemaker and artist, was born in Montreal, Canada, and raised in Glen Arm.

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She was a 1955 graduate of Roland Park Country School and earned a bachelor’s degree in botany from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in physical therapy in the early 1960s from the University of Southern California.

Mrs. Stein returned to Baltimore and went to work as a therapist at Sinai Hospital. She spent the majority of her career as a physical therapist in Baltimore public schools, starting in 1975 at the William S. Baer School, and later in Montgomery County public schools, from which she retired in 2001.

In 1969, she married Charles Francis “Charlie” Stein III, a lawyer and well-known Chesapeake Bay racing sailor. He died in 2006.

The couple moved in the early 1990s to Gibson Island, where they enjoyed living on the bay. She became a Master Gardener and used her extensive knowledge of plants to help maintain the community green spaces on the island.

“She loved nature and was the happiest working in her gardens and enjoying the outdoors,” said her daughter, Laura Wrightson of Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 11 at St. Christopher By The Sea, 534 Broadwater Way, Gibson Island

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Stein is survived by her son, Chad Stein of Lake Oswego, Oregon; and five grandchildren.

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