FLUETSCH, LOUISE, 78, long-time resident of Severna Park and more recent resident of Heritage Harbor, Annapolis, died Friday, March 1, 2013 at AAMC after years of severe pulmonary problems and dementia. Born Louise Marilyn Jones in Iowa City, Iowa on October 3, 1934, the daughter of E. Blanche (nee Moore) and Fred L. Jones, Louise graduated from The University of Iowa, majoring in French and English, in 1956. Married that summer to David W. Fluetsch of Dubuque, she worked as a cataloguer at the university's library until his graduation in 1957, when the couple moved to Maryland. Living in Bladensburg until their move to Severna Park in 1960, she taught English for two years at BHS. It was in Severna Park that Louise lived most of her life and raised her family. In the community of Severna Gardens, she was an esteemed Cub Scout den mother and Brownie troop leader, and was once called the Mary Poppins of Cedar Road. She enjoyed the camaraderie of "The Greater Severna Park Conversational Bridge Club" for forty years. After moving to Chartwell in 1973, she substituted at the nearby junior high school. An active member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, she served as a deacon, volunteered with Meals-on-Wheels and is remembered for the beautiful angels and aprons she sewed for Wood's bazaar. A life-long bibliophile, Louise rarely missed the annual Vassar Book Sale in Washington, DC, collecting Newbery Medal winners for her grandchildren. Finally, she returned to teaching, English as a Second Language, at the Pascal Senior Center, upon her husband's retirement in 1989. Louise is survived by her loving husband of 56 years; children, David of Hailey, Idaho, Ellen Herman (David) of Park Ridge, Illinois and John of Eugene, Oregon; and cherished granddaughters, Allison and Autumn Fluetsch of Hailey and Rachel, Sarah and Abigail Herman. Also surviving is a brother, Walter (Patricia) of Vancouver, WA and many beloved cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Keith. A memorial service to be held in Severna Park will be announced in the spring.
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Published in The Capital on March 10, 2013