Nancy W. Kiehne, artist

Nancy W. Kiehne, an artist and homemaker, died March 20 of cancer at the Edenwald retirement community. She was 90.

The daughter of Christian Wenger, a farmer, and Marion Singer Sartorius, Nancy Jane Wenger was born in Ephrata, Pa., and moved to Catonsville in 1930.


After graduating from Catonsville High School in 1942, she attended Duke University on an academic scholarship, where she majored in English and studied art.

She earned her bachelor's degree in 1946, the same year she married Ernest Causey Kiehne. The couple then settled in Baltimore.

In the late 1940s, Mrs. Kiehne won a two-year fellowship to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where she learned to apply illustration and photography to the teaching of dentistry.

She later joined the school's faculty, where she worked until 1951, when she left to care for her first child.

A nearly 50-year resident of Towson's Hampton neighborhood, Mrs. Kiehne continued to work in acrylics, oil, watercolor, calligraphy, block print, collage, papier-mache and batik.

A longtime active member of Divinity Lutheran Church in Towson, Mrs. Kiehne's artistic talents were put to use creating banners, quilts, posters and bulletin covers.

She wrote Sunday school plays, designed sets and programs, and led children in art activities at the church.

Mrs. Kiehne designed promotional materials for the Hampton National Historic Site and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, she was one of 16 artists over 60 featured in The Artist's Magazine.

For the last seven years she resided at Edenwald, where she taught art classes and led workshops. She continued painting every day until she became ill in February.

In addition to her artistic talents, Mrs. Kiehne was an excellent decorator, cook and gardener. She and her husband, who was a mutual fund manager and director of research at Legg Mason, enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

The couple were also animal lovers and adopted 30 stray cats and dogs through the years. Mr. Kiehne died in 2010.

Mrs. Kiehne enjoyed collecting rare and miniature books, dollhouses, antique toys, portraits, celluloid animal figures, silver folk art and other objects.

Services are private.

Mrs. Kiehne is survived by a son, E. Christian Kiehne of Towson; a daughter, Barbara Kiehne Younger of Hillsborough, N.C.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.