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Mary A. Neth, a reporter and editor for 27 years at Stars and Stripes in Europe, died recently. She was 74.

Neth was found dead in her home in Seeheim-Jugenheim, Germany, on Dec. 2 after relatives did not hear from her for two weeks.

She is suspected of having a heart attack, according to her daughter, Shelley Neth.

Mary Neth is survived by her daughter, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Neth, a native of Huntington Beach, Calif., worked at Stars and Stripes from 1964 to 1991. Her jobs included writing consumer columns and coordinating the women’s page.

Shelley Neth said her mother was an art student in 1957 when she talked her way onto the staff of a Torrance, Calif., weekly, even though she couldn’t type.

“She would wait until everyone else started typing, then she would just start pecking away,” her daughter said. “One day the owner came in and everyone just stopped typing, except my mom.

“The owner said, ‘Good God, she doesn’t even know how to type.’ But they thought it was very spunky of her, not even knowing how to type, to have applied for the job. So they kept her and it was the beginning of her journalism career.”

A memorial service is being planned in Seeheim-Jugenheim. For more information, phone 06257-84823 or 06257-97130.


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