Ella May <I>Leonard</I> Stumpe


Ella May Leonard Stumpe

North Dakota, USA
Death 16 Aug 2005 (aged 110)
Burial Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 11549557 View Source
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Obituary from The Frederick News Post
Frederick, Maryland
August 17, 2005

Ella May Stumpe, 110, local author and a resident of the Record Street Home, Frederick, died at the home on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005. She was preceded in death by three husbands, Bill Grobman, Guy Billeter and Walter Stumpe.

Born July 12, 1895 in Dunseith, N.D., she was a daughter of the late Micajah Warren Leonard and Mary Ann Bigham Leonard. Mrs. Stumpe was educated in her native North Dakota, where she graduated from school and received her teaching certificate. She worked as an elementary teacher for several years, and then worked in the County Supervisors Office. Following her first marriage, she and her husband owned and operated a drug store in Indiana. Later, she and her second husband moved to Chicago, Ill., and were very active in church and civic activities. After his death, she managed the executive tea room of Benjamin Moore Paint Company and opened her home to boarding college students.

After her marriage to Walter Stumpe, they resided in the Chicago area and retired to Mountain Home, Ark. She later moved as one of the early residents of Leisure World in Silver Spring, and then to Frederick, where she resided with the ' family. Since 1996, she had resided at the Record Street Home for Ladies.

She was always very active in church and mission work, and was most recently a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Frederick. In her later years, Mrs. Stumpe -- at that time well into her 90's -- took college classes in computers and technology and published her first book, "100 Years, My Story" and later finished her second book, which was titled "Ladies of Record Street." She also enjoyed communicating and e-mailing with friends and family, and was an avid Bridge player.

She is survived by two of her five children, Ralph L. Billeter Sr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lenore Reiter of Plainfield, N.J.; and was preceded in death by Gyneth Billeter, Walter W. "Bud" Stumpe and Margaret Stumpe Ficke. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, husbands and children, she was preceded in death by five siblings, and is fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by devoted friends Heinz and Sue Ann ' and family. She will be remembered by the board, staff and residents of the Record Street Home.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 E. Church St., Frederick. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, from the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Albert K. Lane III, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and staff chaplain of the Record Street Home, will officiate. She will be transported by horse-drawn carriage to Mount Olivet Cemetery for interment.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1003, Frederick, MD 21705-1003 or to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28201.

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