Bernard Klemm

Bernard Klemm, a retired Baltimore County Fire Department battalion chief who later became a bank courier, died of cancer Monday at his Dundalk home. He was 88.

Born in Dundalk, he attended Dundalk Elementary and junior high schools and was a 1943 graduate of Sparrows Point High School.

Mr. Klemm enlisted in the Navy and served in the Hawaiian Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Philippines and Guam during World War II.

In 1947 he married his high school sweetheart, Florence Frances Mahon.

In 1949 he joined the Baltimore County Fire Department and was promoted to lieutenant in 1960. He was named a captain two years later and retired in 1976 as a battalion chief. He also held posts at the county's fire training academy. He spent most of his career in Dundalk.

Mr. Klemm then joined the Carrollton Bank and became a document courier. He retired about 25 years ago.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, Dunmanway and Dunglow Road in Dundalk, where he was a member.

Survivors include a son, Mark Klemm of Dundalk; three daughters, Frances Rose, Mary Dietz and Janet Warble, all of Dundalk; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. His wife of 57 years died in 2004.

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