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THE BALTIMORE SUN

M. E. Kansler dies; played piano for silent movies

A Mass of Christian burial for Mary Ellen Kansler, a 100-year-old native Baltimorean who played the piano for silent movies, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 6806 McClean Blvd.

Mrs. Kansler, who lived on Rosalie Avenue, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications of diabetes.

She was an Orioles fan, who ignored a congratulatory message from the president at her 100th birthday party last Jan. 1 in favor of an autographed picture of former Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer, the best player Mrs. Kansler said she had seen since Babe Ruth.

The former Mary Ellen Stroebel studied piano and elocution at the Institute of Notre Dame.

In 1910, she began playing in theaters, accompanying the action on the screen, a job she kept for about three years until her marriage to Matthew Cavanaugh who died in 1917. In 1922, she married Robert C. Kansler, who died in 1981 after retiring from what is now the Baltimore Specialty Steels Corp.

She was fond of telling stories, of shopping at Howard and Lexington streets, or of attending openings of new shows at the Gayety Theater to see stars including Bob Hope and the Marx Brothers when burlesque houses specialized in comedy.

She is survived by three sons, Matthew C. Cavanaugh, and Robert C. and Richard C. Kansler, all of Perry Hall; a daughter, Norma Willhide, of Parkville; 22 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Samuel H. Edwards

Former die setter

Services for Samuel H. Edwards, who was retired from the National Can Co. in Baltimore, will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Grissom Funeral Home in Kissimmee, Fla.

Mr. Edwards, who was 67 and moved to Kissimmee from Parkville in 1983, died Saturday of heart disease at his home.

He retired as a die setter for the can company in 1979 and had worked earlier at the Glenn L. Martin Co. (now Martin Marietta Corp.), the Western Electric Co. and other manufacturing firms.

A native of Greensboro who came to Baltimore as a youth, he was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded as a Marine during the World War II invasion of Iwo Jima.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, the former Jonnie Eward; two sons, Thomas H. and Samuel H. Edwards Jr., both of Baltimore; three daughters, Janice, Carol and Patricia Edwards, all of Baltimore ; a sister, Ellen Thawley of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Gwynn T. Brown

Advertising artist

Services for Gwynn Tibbals Brown, an advertising design and layout artist, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Henry W. Jenkins and Sons, 4905 York Road.

Mrs. Brown, who was 60 and lived in the Broadview Apartments, died Tuesday of cancer at the Harbor Hospital Center.

Until nearly two years ago she worked for the Baltimore Opera Company and also for the Maryland Historical Society and other clients.

The former Gwynn Tibbals was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of the Roland Park Country School and Ogontz Junior College in Pennsylvania.

Her husband, John B. Brown III, died in 1979, but she is survived by her mother, Doris S. Tibbals of Baltimore.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Joseph Richey Hospice.

Albert L. Burker Jr.

Life underwriter

Services for Albert L. Burker Jr., who owned his own insurance agency and was instrumental in establishing the Exchange Clubs Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Loring Byers Funeral Directors, 8728 Liberty Road.

Mr. Burker, who was 70 and lived on North Rolling Road in Catonsville, died Sunday at a hospital in Reno, Nev., after collapsing at Lake Tahoe while on a vacation trip.

A general agent for the Union Central Life Insurance Co. and a certified Life Underwriter, he had been in the insurance business for 45 years and owned the Burker Insurance Agency, first in Towson and later in Catonsville.

Mr. Burker was born in Baltimore and graduated from Forest Park High School.

The first president of the Exchange Club of Towson and a former president of the Mason-Dixon District Exchange Clubs, he successfully campaigned for the establishment of the child-abuse prevention center as part of a national Exchange Club program.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ann Wardell; two daughters, Barbara B. Keys of Catonsville and Suzanne M. MacLean of Towson; a son, Army Maj. Albert Lee Burker III of Frederick; two sisters, I. Western Horton of Westminster and Lucille M. W. Siegel of Pikesville; a brother, Robert C. S. Burker of Towson; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the child-abuse prevention center.

John W. Hunter Sr.

Former history teacher

Services for John W. Hunter Sr., a retired history teacher at the Polytechnic Institute, will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

Mr. Hunter, who was 66 and lived in Glen Arm, died Tuesday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice.

He retired in 1987 after 30 years as a teacher at Poly, where he served for a time as acting head of the history department, was adviser to the Audio-Visual Club and appeared in faculty skits in the Poly Follies.

He taught at other city schools from 1951 until he joined the Poly faculty. For a year after his retirement, he taught at St. John's parochial school in Long Green. He also substituted at the Loch Raven Senior High School.

A native of Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College and in 1950 of Towson State University.

Mr. Hunter served in the Navy during World War II and again for a time during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, the former Harriet Deibel; a son, John W. Hunter Jr. of Glen Arm; two daughters, Bonnie D. Cadle of Rosedale and Margaret P. Hunter of Glen Arm; a brother, James C. Hunter Jr. of Lutherville; and a granddaughter.

Marie K. Young

Community activist

Services for Marie K. Young, who held several posts with the League for the Handicapped, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Timonium United Methodist Church, Pot Spring and Chantry roads.

Mrs. Young, who was 69 and lived on Joppa Road in Towson, died Tuesday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice.

A volunteer for the League for the Handicapped for more than 20 years, she served on its board and as president of its auxiliary.

Born in Baltimore, the former Marie K. Doty was a graduate of Patterson Park High School.

A resident of Elmira, N.Y., in the 1950s, she worked as a legal secretary and helped to operate a family-owned restaurant there.

She served as a fashion show coordinator and commentator for the League for the Handicapped, the Timonium United Methodist Church and other charitable groups.

In addition, she was fond of bowling, playing bridge and cooking.

Her husband, Warren W. Young, died in 1983 after retiring as marketing director of the Maryland Cup Co.

She is survived by a daughter, Lynne M. Wilbur of Towson; three stepsons, Warren W. Young Jr. of Bel Air, William Young of New York City, and Albert Young of Baltimore; her mother, Myra Hamilton of Baltimore; a brother, William T. Doty of Towson; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Timonium United Methodist Church or the League for the Handicapped.

Michael Badolato

Former shoe repairman

A Mass of Christian burial for Michael Badolato, who retired more than 35 years ago as owner of a shoe repair shop in Gardenville, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 1809 Vista Lane, Timonium.

Mr. Badolato, who was 97 and lived on Timonium Road, died Monday of heart disease at St. Joseph Hospital.

He owned several shops in the Baltimore area before retiring and selling Michael's Shoe Repair on Belair Road.

A resident of Baltimore for about 80 years, he learned the shoe repair trade while recuperating in an Army rehabilitation program after being gassed in the Argonne Forest during World War I. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He had earlier been an apprentice to a stone carver and done wood working.

Born in Navara in Southern Italy, he came to this country at age 14 and lived in Boston before coming to Baltimore.

An Orioles fan and a member of the Parkville Post of the American Legion, he remained active, building patios for relatives while in his 90s.

His wife, the former Grace Malatesta, died in 1987.

He is survived by three sons, Anthony U. Badolato of Baltimore, Michael E. Badolato of Timonium and Louis C. Badolato of Baldwin; four daughters, Rose B. Butler and Carmela Gibson, both of Timonium, Gloria E. Cieri of Ashland and Grace B. Kilchenstein of Pikesville; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

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