Hazel E. Melchior, registered nurse, dies

Hazel E. Melchior, a retired registered nurse and avid reader, died Aug. 18 of

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

She was 88.


The daughter of a postal worker and a homemaker, the former Hazel E. Bready was born and raised in Haverhill, Mass., where she graduated from high school in 1941.

She received her nurse's training in


and was working in


when she met her husband, George W. Melchior Sr., whom she married in 1946.

The couple moved to Baltimore after their marriage and Mrs. Melchior worked in the medical-surgical wing of the

Johns Hopkins Hospital

for more than 30 years, until retiring in 1988.

Mr. Melchior, an accountant, died in 1991.

A Book of the Month Club member for years, Mrs. Melchior was a regular at the

branch in


, where she enjoyed reading books from

The New York Times

best-seller list.

She was also a duckpin bowler and enjoyed walking.

The former longtime Hamilton resident, who had moved to Joyous Living, a

White Marsh

assisted-living facility, was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church on Harford Road.

Services were Aug. 22 at the Evans Funeral Chapel in



Surviving are two sons, George W. Melchior Jr. of


and Charles B. Melchior of Joppatowne; a daughter, Cassie Lee Bichy of White Marsh; a sister,


Gifford of Methuen, Mass.; and a granddaughter.