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Charles Granofsky dies at 79; was violinist,...


Charles Granofsky dies at 79; was violinist, teacher

Graveside services for Charles Granofsky, a retired stringed instrument teacher and former leader of the Strolling Strings of the Air Force Band, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

A retired Air Force master sergeant, Mr. Granofsky died Aug. 30 of cancer at a veterans hospital in Washington. He was 79 and lived in New Carrollton.

He retired in 1974 after 10 years as a teacher of stringed instruments in the Prince George's County schools. During that time, he also played the violin in strolling musical groups that played at social functions in the Washington area.

He retired from the Air Force in 1966 after 20 years of service and eight years as leader of the string group that played at the White House and elsewhere.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Granofsky was a graduate of night school at City College and earned a teaching certificate at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied the violin. Later, he earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Maryland.

Before starting his military career, he played with the Baltimore and National Symphony orchestras.

His first marriage to the former Caroline Bolland ended in divorce.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Smith; two daughters, Persis K. Funk of Landover Hills and Charlotte Hummon of Gaithersburg; two stepdaughters, Elizabeth Munz of Annapolis and Catherine Redel of Herndon, Va.; two stepsons, Robert E. Smith and Judson P. Smith III, both of Fort Worth, Texas; four brothers, Frank Granofsky of Towson, George Granofsky of Landover Hills, Albert Granofsky of Pasadena and Joseph Granofsky of Essex; four sisters, Catherine Daley, Alva Ziboroff and Louise Allendorf, all of Baltimore, and Marie Sigwart of Perry Hall; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

William H. Engel Jr.


A memorial service for William H. Engel Jr., an optometrist who practiced for more than 55 years in Baltimore and in Towson, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville.

Dr. Engel, who was 87 and lived in the Edenwald retirement home in Towson, died there Sunday of a respiratory illness.

He retired in 1982 after maintaining an office in Towson since 1952. He had started his practice in downtown Baltimore in 1926.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of City College and earned his doctorate in optometry at the University of Rochester in 1926.

He is survived by his wife, the former Catherine Purdy; three sons, A. Colby Engel of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and John H. Engel and William H. Engel III, both of Towson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Holy Comforter Church Endowment Fund.

David H. Macey

Owned gas station

Services for David H. Macey, retired owner of a gas station at Macey's Corner, the intersection of Ritchie Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road.

Mr. Macey, who was 75 and lived in Linstead in Severna Park, died of heart failure Wednesday at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

He retired in 1982, selling the station his father had started in 1938 -- the same year he had named the intersection Macey's Corner.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Macey was reared in Glen Burnie and Severna Park and was a graduate of the Glen Burnie High School.

During World War II, he worked at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. shipyard on Key Highway.

He was a former chairman of the ambulance committee of the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, the former Anne Funk; two daughters, Lee Anne Zales of Severna Park and Elizabeth Anne Macey of Salt Lake City; and two sons, David H. Macey, Jr. of Columbia and Michael A. Macey of Glen Burnie.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the organ fund of the Severna Park United Methodist Church.

William E. Kidd Jr.

Retired executive

A Mass of Christian burial for William E. Kidd Jr., a retired marketing executive for Coats & Clark Inc. who headed the Baltimore and Maryland organizations of the Service Corps for Retired Executives, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Mr. Kidd, who was 83, died Monday of apparent heart failure at his home on Suburban Greens Drive in Timonium.

The Baltimore native moved back to this area from Teaneck, N.J., in 1975 when he retired after many years of service with Coats & Clark, a manufacturer of thread and other sewing items.

He served four one-year terms as chairman of the Baltimore chapter of SCORE, in 1980, 1981, 1990 and 1991, and had been the district representative, heading the state organization, from 1985 through 1990.

At his death, he was secretary of the Towson Rotary Club.

His first wife, the former Anne Kelly, died in 1980, and his second wife, the former Eleanor Brandy, died in 1988.

He is survived by two sisters, Naomi K. Herbert of Towson and May K. Grabus of Parkville; and several nieces and nephews.

Katharine Ridgely

Active in arts

Services for Katharine Supplee Ridgely, who was fond of painting and other arts, will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, Roland Avenue and Oakdale Road.

Mrs. Ridgely, who was 93 and lived in North Baltimore, died Monday of heart failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Born in Baltimore, the daughter of Frederick M. and Elizabeth G. Supplee, she was a graduate of the Arundelle School and the Maryland Institute of Art. She had studied art with Hans Schuler and was a painter who also did needlepoint and decorated furniture. She also wrote poetry.

Fond of singing, for many years she gave a Christmas Eve caroling party at her home.

A friend of the late Rosa Ponselle, she was a member of the Baltimore Opera Company and a founding member of its Rosa Ponselle Club.

Active during World War II in the Red Cross and the British War Relief Fund, she was a member of the English Speaking Union, L'Hirondelle Club and the Paint and Powder Club. She also served on the board of the Hampton Mansion.

At St. David's Church, she operated the "nearly new" booth at the church bazaar for many years.

Fond of travel, she had visited Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

Her husband, Chase Ridgely, president of the J. Ramsay Barry & Co. insurance company, died in 1973.

She is survived by a son, Chase Ridgely Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Katharine R. Stierhoff of Hunt Valley; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

James A. Norton Jr.

Owned Carney car firm

Services for James A. Norton Jr., a retired used-car dealer, will be held at 11 a.m. today, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson.

Mr. Norton, who was 71 and lived on Winsford Road in Towson, died Tuesday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital.

He retired in 1977 as the owner of Northwind Motors, a used-car business and body shop in Carney that he had owned for nearly 15 years.

A native of Salemburg, N.C., who came to the Baltimore area in 1942, he worked for the Glenn L. Martin Co., now Martin Marietta, before entering the automobile business and working as used-car sales manager for Herring Willys Jeep.

Mr. Norton had been an usher at the Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Evaline Kimble; two sisters, Katherine N. Maisel of Baltimore and Agnes N. Ey of New Bern, N.C.; a brother, Willie L. Norton of Fayetteville, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Calvary Baptist Church.

Lillian M. Dawson

Native of Leonardtown

A Mass of Christian burial for Lillian Murn Dawson, a native of Leonardtown and a former telephone operator, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. William of York Roman Catholic Church, Edmondson Avenue and Cooks Lane.

Mrs. Dawson, who was 92, died Monday of cancer at her home in Annapolis.

The former Lillian May Viett moved to Baltimore at the age of 17 and worked for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co.

In 1931 she married Bernard J. Murn, who headed crews that worked at racetracks for the American Totalisator Co., and she often traveled with him to the cities where he was working.

A West Baltimore resident for many years who was active at St. Bernardine's Church and later at St. William of York, she was also fond of cooking and of shopping at the Hollins Market.

Mr. Murn died in 1963. In 1980, she married C. Everett Dawson, who died in 1985.

In recent years she was fond of taking trips to Cambridge to fish and crab in the Choptank River.

She is survived by a daughter, Marian Murn Barnum of Annapolis; and a grandson.

May V. Royer

Lived in Woodlawn

Graveside services for May V. Royer, a former resident of Woodlawn, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Woodlawn Cemetery, 2130 Woodlawn Drive.

Mrs. Royer, who was 88 and lived in Salisbury for about 20 years, died Monday of a respiratory illness at the home of her son.

The former May V. Lockhart was a native of Baltimore. Her husband, Earl W. Royer, a retired homebuilder, died in 1974.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Earl L. Royer of Salisbury; a daughter, Glova Rayne of Salisbury; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

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