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Obituaries

John H. Heller

John Herbert "Jack" Heller, a founding partner of Insurance Service Group and former Jewish Community Center president, died Friday of complications from Parkinson's disease at his Pikesville home. He was 86.

  • Frederick Steinmann
    Frederick Steinmann

    Frederick Steinmann, a retired attorney who practiced estate, tax and trust law for more than five decades, died of pneumonia March 27 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Mays Chapel resident was 83.

  • Former Maryland Lottery director Buddy Roogow dies
    Former Maryland Lottery director Buddy Roogow dies

    Buddy Roogow, the longtime Maryland Lottery director who left to run the D.C. Lottery in 2009, was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Saturday after suffering an aneurysm, the Washington agency announced. He was 65.

  • Levi Watkins, pioneer in cardiac surgery, dies
    Levi Watkins, pioneer in cardiac surgery, dies

    Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., a noted Johns Hopkins cardiac surgeon, behind-the-scenes political figure and civil rights activist who broke many racial barriers, died Friday from a massive heart attack and stroke, relatives said Saturday.

  • Frederick D. O'Neal, businessman
    Frederick D. O'Neal, businessman

    Frederick D. O'Neal, a retired Baltimore businessman who had owned Mondawmin Photo Supply in Mondawmin Mall for more than three decades, died April 1 at Northwest Hospital of cardiac arrest and lung failure. He was 82.

  • Robert J. Doub, businessman
    Robert J. Doub, businessman

    Robert J. Doub, former president of Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment Co. who was also an inveterate power boater, died Tuesday at his Ruxton home of heart failure. He was 80.

  • Dr. Elijah Saunders, UM expert on cardiovascular care, dies
    Dr. Elijah Saunders, UM expert on cardiovascular care, dies

    Dr. Elijah Saunders, a University of Maryland School of Medicine professor and cardiologist who was a leading voice on African-American cardiovascular care, died of cancer Monday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Owings Mills resident was 80.

  • Joan C. Thielemann
    Joan C. Thielemann

    Joan C. Thielemann, a Patapsco Middle School English teacher who left an indelible impression on her students, died Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of constrictive pericarditis. She was 82.

  • Anne T. Pettiford, therapist
    Anne T. Pettiford, therapist

    Anne T. Pettiford, a retired therapist who enjoyed sending cards to family and friends, died April 1 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center of heart failure. She was 92.

  • Jim Mutscheller, Colts tight end who made key plays in 1958 championship, dies at 85
    Jim Mutscheller, Colts tight end who made key plays in 1958 championship, dies at 85

    Jim Mutscheller, the rugged tight end who made two big plays in overtime during the Colts’ historic 1958 NFL championship victory, died Friday morning of kidney failure at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Towson. The Lutherville resident was 85.

  • William E. Gunther Jr., produce manager
    William E. Gunther Jr., produce manager

    William E. Gunther Jr., a grocery store produce manager and an Army veteran, died March 29 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of a heart attack. He was 68.

  • Peter F. Edge, undercover state trooper
    Peter F. Edge, undercover state trooper

    Peter F. Edge, a Maryland state trooper who worked undercover and was known for his unconventional behavior, outrageous sense of humor and penchant for disguises that drew in miscreants, died Saturday at his home in Columbia of congestive heart failure. He was 76.

  • Gwendolyn E. Biddle
    Gwendolyn E. Biddle

    Gwendolyn Edith Biddle, a retired dance and home economics teacher who called herself a "one person Peace Corps," died of complications from Alzheimer's disease March 3 at the Charlestown retirement community. The former Bentalou Street resident was 90.

  • Gary W. Siler, teacher and coach
    Gary W. Siler, teacher and coach

    Gary W. Siler, who taught at Harford Technical High School where he also coached the school's award winning wrestling team, ended his life Friday at his Street home. He was 58.

  • Charles E. Creek Jr.
    Charles E. Creek Jr.

    Charles Edward Creek Jr., a retired Army intelligence analyst, paratrooper and Vietnam War veteran, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease April 1 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 74.

  • Robert E. Sundius Sr., electrical engineer
    Robert E. Sundius Sr., electrical engineer

    Robert E. Sundius Sr., a retired electrical engineer who had a lengthy career in private industry and government, died March 31 at Stella Maris Hospice of complications from vascular dementia. He was 84.

  • Thomas H. Carney, postal worker
    Thomas H. Carney, postal worker

    Thomas H. Carney Jr., a retired postal worker and self-taught artist, died of cancer March 30 at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center. The Glen Avenue resident was 73.

  • Dolores R. 'Dolly' Thommen
    Dolores R. 'Dolly' Thommen

    Dolores R. "Dolly" Thommen, founder of Tower Office Services who enjoyed performing in community theater productions, died Saturday at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

  • Frank J. Schmidt
    Frank J. Schmidt

    Frank J. Schmidt, a retired Fairchild Aviation executive who was a longtime volunteer aboard the Liberty ship SS John W. Brown, died of heart failure March 31 at Tranquillity at Fredericktowne, a Frederick assisted-living facility. He was 87.

  • Helen Anita Metz, teacher, principal, assistant librarian
    Helen Anita Metz, teacher, principal, assistant librarian

    After more than 20 years in the Carroll County school system, Helen Anita Metz retired to Ocean City, only to discover that her passion for nurturing through education wouldn't let her stay at home. The former teacher and principal volunteered at the Ocean City library and went on to become an...

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