Ilse A. Stein, re­tired phys­i­cal ther­a­pist

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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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