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Thomas D. Yockel Owned Metro Packaging


Services for Thomas D. Yockel, who owned and operated a packaging business, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mark Chapel, 30 Melvin Ave., in Catonsville.

Mr. Yockel, who was 55 and lived in Ellicott City, died of a braianeurysm Wednesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Mr. Yockel worked 22 years as a packaging engineer for the Baltimore-based St. Joe Container Co. before founding Metro Packaging in 1981.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Yockel liked to race cars, hunt, fish fo sharks, skin-dive and play tennis and racquetball. He also held a pilot's license.

He played baseball in high school and while studying businesat the University of Maryland, where he was scouted by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mr. Yockel also sang in the Patapsco Valley Chorus. In recent years, he had been a member of the Howard County Board of Transportation.

His wife of 35 years, the former Patricia Miceli, remembered her ++ husband as someone who liked an adventure.

"He tried everything, had diverse interests and was always looking for an adventure. Tom always said he'd spend eight hours driving to have one hour of fun," she recalled yesterday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Thomas BryaYockel; a daughter, Lisa Marie Zipprian; a half-brother, Michael Yockel; his stepmother, Anna Yockel; and two grandchildren, all of Baltimore.

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