Rev. C. L. Smith, Methodist pastor, dies...


Rev. C. L. Smith, Methodist pastor, dies at 76

Services for the Rev. Cornelia Lake Smith, pastor of the Chase Charge of the United Methodist Church since her ordination in 1986 at an age when most ministers retire, will be held today and Monday.

Ms. Smith, 76, died of cancer Sunday at Franklin Square Hospital.

The first service will take place at 4 p.m. today at one of the churches in the charge, Sharp Street United Methodist Church, 11814 Eastern Ave. The other service will be held at noon Monday at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Lanvale Street and Carrollton Avenue.

The minister had a home on Ellamont Street in addition to the parsonage in Chase. The charge includes the John Wesley and Asbury United Methodist churches.

In Chase, she had ministered to victims and rescue workers after the 1987 Amtrak train crash.

Her ordination came after more than 30 years of work for the city of Baltimore, including service as its second black policewoman, and many years of work for the Baltimore Conference of the United Methodist Church.

She retired in 1976 as a regional community and student affairs specialist in the city school system. She also had worked for the Baltimore Department of Social Services.

Long an active member of Metropolitan United Methodist Church, she helped to design educational programs there and for the Methodist conference. She held offices at several levels in the United Methodist Women organization.

After retiring from city employment, she attended the Howard University Divinity School. She earned a master's degree in 1984 and was ordained a deacon.

The former Cornelia Ellen Lake was born in Davidsonville and raised in Baltimore. She was a graduate of Douglass High School and Morgan State University. She had a master's degree in social work from Howard.

She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the League of Women Voters and the Tawasi Social Club.

Her survivors include a daughter, Quanta Lake Pierce of Baltimore; a son, James Moses Smith of Willingboro, N.J.; two brothers, Moses Lake of Baltimore and retired Air Force Lt. Col. John Lake of Mannheim, Germany; and four grandchildren.

Joseph C. Cohen Sr.

Corporate president

Services for Joseph C. Cohen Sr., retired president of the Acme Pad Corp., will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow2 at Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Cohen, 81, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Key Largo, Fla.

He retired about three years ago from the company he started in 1938. It makes shoulder pads for clothing.

The Baltimore native had earlier worked for another shoulder pad manufacturer. As a youth he worked at family-owned stalls in the Belair Market.

Mr. Cohen was the recipient of three awards from the city of Baltimore for his willingness to hire former prisoners and others in need of employment. He was active at the Liberty Jewish Center.

Mr. Cohen is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie L. Farley; two daughters, Christine Theobald of Phoenix and Deborah Cohen of Baltimore; two sons, Joseph Charles Cohen Jr. of Denver, Col., and Phillip Gary Cohen of Owings Mills; five sisters, Julia Klasman of Pikesville and Ida Rubin, Hattie Arronson, Bernice Solins and Florence Munaker, all of Baltimore; two brothers, Samuel Cohen of Baltimore and Alan Cohen of Boca Raton, Fla.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mildred S. Ward

Active in church

A Mass of Christian burial for Mildred S. Ward, a retired supermarket employee who was active in religious organizations, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, 928 Gorsuch Ave.

Mrs. Ward, who was 75 and lived on Gorsuch Avenue, died Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

She retired more than 20 years ago. She had long worked in the meat department of the Eddie's Super Market on Erdman Avenue. Earlier, she was a clerk in a variety store.

The former Mildred S. Schweizer was a native of Baltimore who was educated at St. Bernard's School and Eastern High School.

In addition to her husband, Albert C. Ward, a retired Food Fair warehouse foreman, her survivors include five daughters, Diana Lovenstein, Rosalie Lohr and Mary Friedline, all of Baltimore, Irene Ward of Micco, Fla., and Barbara Howard of Cockeysville; three sisters, Stella Schoennagel of Reisterstown, Frances Owens of Baltimore, and Clarissa Clarke of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Maurice L. Knauer

Machine operator

Services for Maurice L. Knauer, a retired machine operator at the Baltimore plant of AT&T; Technologies Inc., will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Burg Funeral Home in Red Lion, Pa.

Mr. Knauer died of cancer Thursday at a hospital in York, Pa. He was 56.

He moved from Rosedale to Red Lion three years ago. Before his retirement in 1985, he worked for 30 years at what was formerly known as the Point Breeze plant of the Western Electric Co. He was a member of the Point Breeze Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

The Baltimore native and a graduate of City College was known as Moe to his friends.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joan Anstine; a son, Maurice L. Knauer Jr. of Felton, Pa.; four sisters, Catherine Travers and Dorothy Borkman, both of Baltimore, Anna Ahrens of Dundalk and Margaret Collins of Alpharetta, Ga.; and a granddaughter.

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