George A. EngelbertBendix executiveServices for George A....


George A. Engelbert

Bendix executive

Services for George A. Engelbert, a retired Bendix Radio Division executive and former partner in a public relations firm, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Engelbert, who was 75 and lived in the Hampton Plaza Apartments, died early Thursday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center of a respiratory illness.

He retired about 20 years ago as manager of technical publications at the company's Joppa Road plant, where he had worked for many years, and then was a partner for several years in Engelbert-Price and Associates, a business services and public relations firm.

Born in Birnham Woods, Mich., he came to Baltimore as a child.

He had been on crutches since contracting polio at age 4. As a child, he rode to school in a police paddy wagon that served as a school bus for handicapped children at the time.

He went on to graduate with honors from Southern High School and Washington College.

Active at Martini Lutheran Church, where his father was pastor, he was named to the board of Lutheran High School when it began.

He is survived by a brother, Erwin H. Engelbert of Towson; a sister, Vita H. Dunn of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

Alvin H. Pettie Sr.


Services for Alvin H. Pettie Sr., a retired roofer, will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Howard H. Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

Mr. Pettie, who was 55, died Wednesday of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital.

A resident of Southwest Baltimore for many years, he moved to Elizabeth Avenue in Lansdowne about two weeks ago after living in Bloomington, Ill., for about three years.

He retired about 10 years ago after being injured in a fall. Earlier, he worked for several roofing contractors.

The Baltimore native attended the Polytechnic Institute.

He is survived by his wife, the former Blanche E. Granger; six daughters, Margaret Merkel of Lansdowne, Sandra Petriski of Baltimore, Jeanne Boyce of Howells, N.Y., Jessica Sadler and Lynette Brown, both of Tampa, Fla., and Erma Trageser of Middletown, N.Y.; three sons, Alvin H. Pettie, Jr. of Glen Burnie, Steven Pettie of Pasadena and Joseph Sadler of Bloomington; two sisters, Lorraine Donohue and Doris Klingenberger, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Edward and Roland Pettie, both of Baltimore; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Oscar L. Staley

Retired bank manager

Services for Oscar L. Staley, retired manager of the Glyndon Branch of what is now the Signet Bank, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

Mr. Staley, who was 82, died Tuesday in his sleep at his home on the Hanover Pike in Reisterstown.

He retired in 1973 from what was then the Union Trust Co. after 40 years of service starting in the Reisterstown branch. He also managed that branch.

A native of Frederick, he had worked in the courthouse there before moving to Reisterstown.

The charter member of the Reisterstown Lions Club was a life member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company which he joined 57 years ago and a former member of the Church Council at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Also, he frequently played golf at public courses.

Mr. Staley is survived by his wife, the former Courtney A. Hooper; a daughter, Linda Ritchey of Hampstead; a sister, Viola Fisher of Frederick; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

Kristina Lorentson


Services for Kristina Eileen Lorentson, who died Tuesday at a Charleston, S.C., hospital after she could not be awakened from her nap at home in nearby Summerville, were held yesterday at the Summerville Presbyterian Church.

Born in Charleston, the 17-month-old is survived by her parents, Richard Clark and Debora Harp Lorentson; a brother, Eric Justin Lorentson; a sister, Johanna Marie Lorentson; her paternal grandmother, Doris Eileen Lorentson of Baltimore; a paternal great-grandmother, Mae Duncan of Baltimore; her maternal grandmother, Lucy Shadle of Bedford, Ind.; and her maternal great-grandparents, David and Violet Brassine, also of Bedford.

Leon A. Desser

Grocery owner

Leon A. Desser, a retired grocery and liquor store owner, died Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Desser, who was 82 and lived on Taney Road in Mount Washington, retired about 15 years ago when he and his wife sold the Davis Grocery and Liquor Store on West Read Street. He had worked in the business for 40 years, including the 15 years he and his wife owned it.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a fan of the Orioles and held season tickets to Colts games for many years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Naomi Davis; a son, David J. Desser of Baltimore; a daughter, Susan Reynolds of Broussard, La.; a brother, Melvin M. Desser of Baltimore; three sisters, Bernice Miller, Sonia Groh and Dotsey Cohen, all of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services were held yesterday at the Beth Jacob Cemetery in Finksburg.

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