Harry K. WolpertTalmudic scholar, is dead at...


Harry K. Wolpert

Talmudic scholar, is dead at age 100

Harry K. Wolpert, a 100-year-old Talmudic scholar and retired partner in a wholesale dry goods business, died Sunday at his home in the Windsor House Apartments after a short illness.

Mr. Wolpert retired as a partner in Max and Wolpert in the early 1960s but remained active in religious affairs.

At his death, he was chairman of the board of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, a post he held since 1939, and treasurer of the American Friends of Yeshiva Horav Bengis in Jerusalem, a position he had held for 18 years.

Rabbi Samuel H. Vitsick, president of the latter group, said Mr. Wolpert had such a good memory that he could reproduce verbatim lectures by scholars he heard 80 years ago.

Rabbi Herman Neuberger, president of Ner Israel, described him as a Talmudic scholar and a "very vivid storyteller who inspired people with his knowledge and his lively personality." Mr. Wolpert was a caring person who was interested "in individuals as individuals," he said.

Born in Lithuania, Mr. Wolpert studied at rabbinical colleges in Europe and in the United States, where he moved in 1911.

Though he never was rabbi of a congregation, he presided over services at his home in recent years.

His wife, the former Fannie G. Max, died in 1982.

He is survived by two daughters, Ruth Rudick of Baltimore and Phyllis Lifschutz of New Brunswick, N.J.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday at Ner Israel Rabbinical College.

Sister Beatrice

Teacher of music

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Beatrice of Jesus Bacchelli Oswald, O.C.D., who was a teacher and the wife of a pianist when she entered the Baltimore Carmelite Monastery in 1930, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in the chapel of the monastery at 1318 Dulaney Valley Road.

Sister Beatrice, who was 96 and the oldest member of the local Carmelite community, died Wednesday after a long illness at the retirement facility the School Sisters of Notre Dame maintain at their motherhouse, Villa Assumpta.

Sister Colette Ackerman, O.C.D., the prioress of the monastery, said yesterday, "She was a very cultured, civilized person" who would be remembered in the community "for her spirit of prayer, her feminine wisdom and graciousness and a refreshing sense of freedom and flexibility."

The former Beatrice Bacchelli was a native of Bologna, Italy, and sister of Ricardo Bacchelli, an author whose works include the novel, "The Mill on the Po."

As child, she met Henri Oswald, son of a Brazilian diplomat and composer. They were married in 1913 when she was 18.

They came to the United States in 1920, the year Mr. Oswald, a concert pianist, made his debut at Carnegie Hall. They came to Baltimore two years later.

He taught piano at the Peabody conservatory and his wife, who spoke five languages, taught piano and diction to opera students.

The couple decided together to enter religious orders. He became a Jesuit brother and spent many years as music teacher and choir director at the Georgetown Preparatory School before his death in 1972. She became the only married woman to join the Baltimore monastery in more than 100 years. No others have joined since.

She is survived by a nephew, Andrea Bacchelli of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and a niece, Elizobetta Foglietti of Florence, Italy.

Frank Dooley Day

Harford banker

Services for Frank Dooley Day, who had been an officer of two banks in Harford County, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cardiff.

Mr. Day, who was 70 and lived in Whiteford, died Wednesday at the Bel Air Convalescent Center after a long illness.

He was first associated with the First National Bank of Harford County and served as its president before it became part of the First National Bank of Maryland during the early 1970s.

He retired as a vice president of the Harford National Bank nearly 10 years ago, but remained on its board for several years. He also had been a board member of the Harford Mutual Insurance Co. and the Whiteford Packing Co.

In addition to his work in banking, Mr. Day maintained a law practice. He was a member of the state and county bar associations and the Maryland Bankers Association.

A native of Washington who was reared in Whiteford, he was a graduate of the Slate Ridge High School, Western Maryland College, the University of Baltimore law school and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

The former treasurer of the Bel Air Rotary Club also had been a member of the board of the Harford Community College.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mabel Whiteford; two daughters, Dr. Nancy Day Blake of Strafford, Pa., and Jeani Day Purcell of West Chester, Pa.; a sister, Jeanette Ragusa of Arlington, Va.; and two grandchildren

Richard Duklewski

Baltimore teacher

A Mass of Christian burial for Richard W. Duklewski, a Baltimore schoolteacher since 1968, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road.

Mr. Duklewski, who was 44 and lived on Loch Raven Boulevard in the Baynesville area, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital after an illness of several months.

A teacher at the Harford Heights Elementary School at his death, he specialized in mathematics. Earlier, he taught special education and was a pioneer teacher in the city Gifted and Talented Program.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Calvert Hall College and the University of Baltimore and held a master's degree from Morgan State College.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Patricia Lois Costello; two sons, Michael Patrick and John Andrew Duklewski, both of Baynesville; his mother, Anne Marie Duklewski of Lutherville; and a brother, Steven S. Duklewski of Cockeysville. Richard L. Ayres, a retired detective in the Baltimore Police Department and a member of the security force at the federal courthouse here, died March 9 at the Washington Hospital Center of heart failure after surgery six weeks earlier.

Mr. Ayers, who was 57 and lived in Joppa, retired from the police force in 1979 after 21 years of service, the last 13 as a detective. He was a member of the fugitive unit for the last three years and a member of the arson unit for the previous 10 years.

After retiring, he directed security at the Fallston General Hospital for eight years and briefly held a similar post at the Notchcliff Retirement Community in Glen Arm, then joined the courthouse force.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1951 graduate of Patterson Park High School. He served in the Navy from 1952 until 1956.

In his youth, he played the snare drums with the Baltimore Colts Marching Band.

A former master of the Mount Nebo Lodge of the Masons, he was active at Boumi Temple, where he was a member of the Knights of Mecca and was captain of a drum and bugle corps that won first place at regional Shrine competitions in 1987 and 1988.

At Trinity Lutheran Church in Joppa, he assisted at worship, served on the board of property and chaired a committee to interview prospective staff members.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Norma M. Fischer; a son, Mark R. Ayres of Havre de Grace; a daughter, Cynthia S. Ayres of Joppa; two brothers, Fred Ayers of Relay and Vernon Wilhelm of Carney; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Robert Sheckels Jr.

City fire captain

Baltimore City Fire Department Capt. Robert W. Sheckels Jr., who headed Engine Company 58 in Westport, died Feb. 27 at North Arundel Hospital after a heart attack and a stroke.

Captain Sheckels, who was 52 and lived on New Jersey Avenue in Glen Burnie, joined the department 32 years ago and was a member of the Fire Fighters Local of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Born in South Baltimore, he was a 1956 graduate of Southern High School.

He liked making videos of family celebrations and events. He also was fond of crabbing, playing cards and traveling. He was a charter member of the Riverside Pleasure Club.

Captain Sheckels is survived by his wife, the former Mary A. Feeney; two sons, Robert W. Sheckels III of Glen Burnie and James P. Sheckels of Parkville; a stepson, George Neubeck of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Karen Lockheed of Glen Burnie; two brothers, Herbert Clauss and George Sheckels, both of Baltimore; three sisters, Bertha Pfisterer of Baltimore, Edna Clark of Lackawaxen, Pa., and June Kinder of Royston, Ga.; and five grandchildren.

Services were held March 2 at the Singleton Funeral Home in Glen Burnie.

Robert L. Whay Jr.

Retired garage owner

Services for Robert Lee Whay Jr., a retired garage owner and former Anne Arundel County policeman, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Faith Baptist Church, 7378 Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Whay, who was 71, died Wednesday of cancer at his Pasadena home.

He retired in 1970 as owner of Whay's Auto Service in Brooklyn, selling it to a nephew, after 30 years as a garage owner or worker in the area.

From 1954 until 1957, he was an Anne Arundel County policeman at the Ferndale station.

Mr. Whay was born in Rainswood, Va., and came to the Baltimore area in 1940.

He was a stock-car racer who maintained his own cars. He also liked riding motorcycles, crabbing, bay and ocean fishing and deer hunting.

A member of the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Elks, he also belonged to the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Masons, the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Ann Woolford; two daughters, Mary Lee Machovec of Pasadena and Brenda Ann Gallagher of Crofton; a son, Robert Lee Whay III of Rapid City, S.D.; a sister, Dorothy West of Glen Burnie; and three grandchildren.

Neena Sernocky

Retired secretary

Services for Neena Sernocky, retired secretary at the Towson Health Center, will be held at 9 a.m. today at the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1725 E. Fairmount Ave., Baltimore.

Mrs. Sernocky, who was 68, died Wednesday at her home on Charles Ridge Road in Towson after a long illness.

She had worked at the health center about 15 years before retiring in 1984.

During World War II, she was an assembly supervisor for the Glenn L. Martin Co., now Martin Marietta. From 1955 until 1968, she and her husband operated the Harford House Cafe on Harford Road in the city. Her husband, Joseph P. Sernocky, is a retired real estate asses- sor.

Born in Baltimore, the former Neena Padnuk was a graduate of Southern High School.

A former president of the Holy Trinity Sisterhood, she was a student of Russian culture and history and was fond of Russian music.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include three daughters, Arlene Oberholtzer of Lutherville, Stacie Boyle of Pasadena and Karen Gavin of Parkville; a son, Michael J. Sernocky of Towson; a sister, Anne Leikus of Baltimore; a brother, Serge Padnuk of Parkville; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Holy Trinity Church Building Fund.

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