Monday, April 28, 2014

Melissa Ann Solms-Baruth: obituary

Melissa Ann Solms-Baruth was the wife of Count Christian-Friedrich Solms-Baruth, second son of the late Count Friedrich Hans of Solms-Baruth and Princess Oda of Stolberg-Wernigerode.  

She died at the age of 59 at her home in Leonardtown, Maryland.  Mrs. Solms-Baruth was a realtor with Coldwell Banker, and co-publisher (with her daughter, Oda Solms-Baruth) of regional magazines, including The Fairfax Woman, n northern Virginia and southern Maryland.

In 1991,  Christian and Melissa filed suit for damages regarding lead paint in their newly bought home in Leonardtown.   The "dust from lead-based paint had attacked little Carolina's nervous system came four months after they moved in."  The house was once a convent owned by the Roman Catholic church.  The couple lost the suit.

Count Christian-Friedrich is a first cousin of Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, whose mother, Countess Victoria of Solms-Baruth, was Friedrich-Hans' older sister.

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