Orval B. AppletonRigging consultantServices for Orval B....


Orval B. Appleton

Rigging consultant

Services for Orval B. Appleton, a retired consultant to rigging companies, will be at 11 a.m. today at the Barranco Severna Park Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road.

Mr. Appleton, who was 72 and lived in Grasonville, died Wednesday of cancer at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

He had already worked for rigging companies before coming to Baltimore in 1953 to work as an estimator and supervisor for the McDade Rigging and Steel Erection Corp.

He was a resident of Baltimore and then Cape St. Claire until he left McDade in the early 1960s to operate his own business in New Jersey, the North Bergen Trucking and Rigging Co. He moved to Grasonville in 1969 and served as a consultant to companies moving heavy items. He retired in 1981.

Born in Perry, Michigan, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, becoming a chief boatswain's mate.

A former commander of the Grasonville Memorial Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he was also a member of the Kent Island Post of the American Legion, the Kent Island Lodge of the Elks, the Kent Island Yacht Club and the Sail and Trail travel club.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ileene Day; a son, Richard Appleton of Adrian, Mich., five daughters, Gloria Myers of Hudson, Mich., Diane Suchman of Sarasota, Fla., Cheryl Sidenstecker of Bradenton, Fla., Patricia Crawford of Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Christine Whittenberger of Arnold; two brothers, Virgil Appleton of Elberta, Mich., and Francis Appleton of San Jose, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

James D. Peterson

Baltimore executive

A Mass of Christian burial for James D. Peterson, chairman of the board of Atlantic Railing Systems in Baltimore, will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption in Wildwood Crest, N.J.

Mr. Peterson, who was 55 and lived on Myamby Road in the Baynesville area, died Wednesday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital.

He started the Baltimore company to manufacture plastic railings he developed two years ago.

Earlier, he operated a family-owned amusement pier in Wildwood, N.J., Morey's Amusement Pier, and also owned stands on the pier.

A native of Philadelphia who was raised in Wildwood, he was a HTC graduate of Wildwood High School.

He is survived by a son, James D. Peterson Jr. of Parkville; a daughter, Amy G. Peterson of Newark, Del.; two brothers, Richard Peterson of Rio Grande, N.J., and Robert Peterson of Baynesville; three sisters, Dolores Morey of Wildwood Crest, Judith Peterson of North Wildwood, N.J., and Patricia Bond of Cape May Courthouse, N.J.; and a granddaughter.

Virginia Pie-Pistolesi

Red Cross official

A memorial service for Virginia H. Pie-Pistolesi, an American Red Cross official who had worked in Baltimore, will be held at 4 p.m. today at Browns Funeral Home in Martinsburg, W. Va.

Mrs. Pie-Pistolesi, who was 57, died Wednesday of cancer at her home in Hedgesville, W. Va.

She was a special events and promotions officer at Red Cross headquarters in Washington. She had been the organization's national director of public affairs from 1981 until 1988.

Mrs. Pie-Pistolesi had been community relations director for the Baltimore chapter of the Red Cross from 1964 to 1973.

The former Virginia Hughes was a native of Charlottesville, Va., and a graduate of the University of North Carolina.

Her first husband, Robert Pie, died in 1984.

She is survived by her husband, Tony Pistolesi; and a son, Bert Pie of Fort Polk, La.

Raymond Steer Jr.

Retired sales manager

A memorial service for Raymond O. Steer Jr., a retired sales manager for a foundry and machine shop company, will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Towson United Methodist Church, Hampton Estate Lane and Dulaney Valley Road.

Mr. Steer, who was 72, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital after a heart attack at his home on Oak Road in Baynesville.

He retired in 1980 after working 35 years for the Flynn & Emrich Co.

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of City College, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was a flight instructor.

He was a fan of both the Orioles and the Colts, and listened to games on the radio or watched them on television when he could not attend.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Busch; a son, Michael D. Steer of Cockeysville; a daughter, Lee Ann Ferrell of Severna Park; a brother, Donald Steer of Towson; and four grandchildren.

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