Nelda K. Biasi, a retired Baltimore public school physical education teacher and counselor, died Jan. 25 from heart failure at Heartlands Nursing Home in Severna Park. She was 96.

The daughter of farmers, the former Nelda Kalar was born in Kerens, W.Va., and later moved with her family to a Carroll County farm.


After graduating from Carroll County High School in 1934, she earned a nursing degree in 1938 from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

"She worked her way through Western Maryland College while working as a nurse at the college, where she earned her bachelor's degree in education in 1941," said a niece, Barbara K. Jett of Sherwood Forest.

While at what is now McDaniel College, Mrs. Biasi met her future husband, Irvin E. Biasi, whom she married in 1942.

Mr. Biasi, who later became a much revered football and basketball coach at Patterson High School, died in 2005.

Mrs. Biasi, who began her teaching career in 1943, was a longtime physical education teacher at Forest Park High School and later became a guidance counselor at Garrison Junior High School, from which she retired in 1973.

Mrs. Biasi and her husband lived for years on East 33rd Street, near Memorial Stadium, and moved in the 1960s to a farm they purchased in New Chester, Pa.

They later moved to a pre-Revolutionary War home in New Oxford, Pa., and in 1988 to Hanover, Pa. Mrs. Biasi lived there until moving to Severna Park last year.

She enjoyed reading and traveling and was an avid golfer. She continued playing well into her 90s, and was a member of the Hanover Country Club, where she was the first woman to hit a hole-in-one in 1964, her niece said.

"She repeated it several times," said Mrs. Jett.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kenworthy Funeral Home, 269 Frederick St., Hanover, Pa.

In addition to Mrs. Jett, she is survived by several other nieces and nephews.