Bernard PolanRetail chain founderGraveside services for Bernard...


Bernard Polan

Retail chain founder

Graveside services for Bernard Polan, founder of a chain of retail variety and discount stores, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Arlington Cemetery of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 4300 N. Rogers Ave.

Mr. Polan, who was 84, died Tuesday at Sinai Hospital after a heart attack at his home on Park Heights Avenue.

He started the chain in Annapolis about 40 years ago as Polan's to $1 stores. At one point it had 21 stores in the Middle Atlantic states and in Florida.

He sold most of the stores, and by the time of his retirement in 1978, he was operating a single store in Laurel, which he closed.

He was a member of the local advisory board for the Equitable Trust Co. branch in Laurel before his retirement.

In 1959, he became president and chairman of the board of the Bel Air Race Track when he and his brothers bought a controlling interest in the half mile track which they sold at the end of 1960.

A native of Baltimore, he was a 1924 graduate of City College and a 1928 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was active in lacrosse, baseball, tennis and track.

Later, he was a golfer and a member of the Woodholme Country Club.

Mr. Polan had been a member of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation for many years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Florence Krawitz; two sons, Jesse N. Polan of Franklin, Mich. and Bertram J. Polan of Tarzana, Calif.; a daughter, Susan P. Carp of

Owings Mills; two brothers, Alvin and Joseph Polan, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Lillian Polan of Baltimore and Irene Cohen of San Antonio; and six grandchildren.

Sister Salome Kreft

Teacher and librarian

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Mary Salome Kreft, S.S.N.D., a former librarian and elementary school teacher, will be offered at 10 a.m. todayin the Chapel of Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St.

Sister Salome, who moved to Villa Assumpta in 1986, died after a stroke Tuesday in the Maria Health Center at the motherhouse. She was 83.

She had worked at schools throughout Maryland, and in Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington before retiring in 1985.

During her career in Baltimore, she was affiliated with the Institute of Notre Dame, St. Ann's Elementary School, Blessed Sacrament School, Our Lady of Good Counsel School, St. Joseph's Monastery and St. Michael's School.

Born in Suttons Bay, Mich. as Cecelia Kreft, she moved with her family to southern Maryland, where she attended St. Mary's School and Notre Dame High School in Bryantown. After attending the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in education and a master's in library science from Catholic University.

Sister Salome entered the order in 1926, professed her vows in 1930 and made final vows in 1936.

She is survived by a sister, Clara Adams of Indian Head; a sister-in-law, Erna Kreft of Waldorf; and several nieces and nephews.

Frederick Mengers

Appliance salesman

Services for Frederick W. Mengers Jr., a retired salesman and a church and hospital volunteer, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Sherwood Episcopal Church, 5 Sherwood Road, Cockeysville.

Mr. Mengers, who was 84 and lived on Tenbury Road in Lutherville, died Tuesday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a blood vessel broke.

He retired 24 years ago after 35 years at the Frigidaire division of the General Motors Corp., where he sold appliances to area builders.

For several years in the mid-1950s, he was a partner in Peddicord's Hardware Store in Ellicott City. Earlier, he worked for Montgomery Ward & Co., setting up displays in new stores.

He did maintenance work as a volunteer at the Sherwood Episcopal Church and earlier was a junior warden of the Church of the Ascension and Prince of Peace.

During World War II, he was an air raid warden. He was a member of the Pickering Lodge of the Masons and the Scottish Rite.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1926 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute.

His wife, the former Elizabeth Tickner, died in 1989.

Mr. Mengers is survived by two daughters, Mary Katherine Barnes of Plumsteadville, Pa., and Martha Susan Couvreur of Philadelphia; a son, Frederick M. Mengers of Eldersburg; and two granddaughters.

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