Claire Nordeck was born in Baltimore and grew up near Druid Hill Park in a row house with white marble steps. Her father had a small slaughterhouse and a stall in Broadway Market. Her mother often relieved her aunt in her neighborhood dry goods store. Claire advanced through schools 60, 49, and Western High to Gettysburg College, where she majored in Sociology. By her 1949 graduation, her new husband had returned from the Navy to get his degree along side her. Henry Bartlett Storm and Claire had three children - Rebecca, Karen, and Keith. At this point, there are six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and two step great grandchildren. Her second husband, Max D. Nordeck, added four children and additional number of other offspring to the family.
Both of her husbands were choristers, both served in the Navy and played drums. Additionally, both had Westminster ties. Hank's grandfather, Patrick Henry Miller, was pastor at Grace Lutheran Church. Max taught school in New Windsor before he left for the Navy. During most of her life, Claire had been in at least one chorus. Good music was inspiring and was her favorite way to express her faith. Singing with Peabody Junior Chorus and the Bach Society was very special.
Claire's working years were widely separated because her children were spread out. Before their arrival, she worked at Fort Holabird in the Enemy Prisoner of War Information Bureau. It was during the time of the Korean War, but she worked on claims from Germany, Japan, and Italy. About twenty years later, she found herself working closely with local prisoners at the Maryland House of Correction. After some time in the finance section, she became a case manager. All of the sevens reported to her for classification, programming, and individual problems.
After retiring, Claire was able to do more gardening and increase her skills in building and furnishing doll houses. And she was lucky enough to continue traveling. Although she lived in Lochearn, Harundale, Linthicum, and Ashton, Claire ended up in Westminster, where her husbands had ties. And her sister Miriam was down the hall.
Family & friends may gather at the family owned & operated Ambrose Funeral Home of Lansdowne, 2719 Hammonds Ferry Rd., Lansdowne, MD 21227 for a public visitation on Thursday, March 17 from 3:00-5:00pm & 7:00-9:00pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 18 at 11:00am at the funeral home. Interment will immediately follow at Meadowridge Memorial Park.