Hilda V. KirwanAnnapolis residentServices for Hilda Virginia...


Hilda V. Kirwan

Annapolis resident

Services for Hilda Virginia Kirwan, a longtime resident of Annapolis, will be held at 1 p.m. today at Baltimore National Cemetery, 5501 Frederick Ave.

Mrs. Kirwan died Saturday of congestive heart failure in New London, Conn. She was 88.

The former Virginia Garner was born in Annapolis and lived there until last year when she moved to Connecticut to live with her daughter, Mary Doresky.

Mrs. Kirwan was the wife of naval Lt. Buford E. Kirwan, who died in 1984.

She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Edgewater, where she was active in the church's senior citizen programs.

Mrs. Kirwan is survived by her daughter and three grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 418, Edgewater 21037.

George Melchior Sr.

Retired accountant

Services for George W. Melchior Sr., a retired accountant for the Baltimore Equitable Society, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Mr. Melchior, who was 72 and lived on Bertram Avenue, died Saturday at College Manor of a heart ailment.

He retired in 1978 after nearly 20 years with the fire insurance company. He earlier worked as an accountant for the Baltimore Transit Co.

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of City College and the Strayer Business College, he also took courses at Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific and was awarded the Bronze Star.

A charter member of the Bethesda United Methodist Church in Hamilton, he served as youth leader, as treasurer of the Men's Bible Classand as a member of the administrative board. He was also a volunteer at the Harbel Community Center.

As a young man, he played the clarinet in his own dance band and was a professional ballroom dancer.

He is survived by his wife, the former Hazel E. Bready; a daughter, Cassie Lee Bichy of Rossville; and two sons, George W. Melchior Jr. of Baltimore and Charles B. Melchior of Joppatowne.

William M. Lease Jr.

Retired metallurgist

Services for William M. Lease Jr., a retired metallurgist at the Sparrows Point plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corp., will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

Mr. Lease, who was 85 and moved from Towson to the Charlestown Retirement Community in the Catonsville area two years ago, died Saturday of cancer in his home.

Known as "Tommy," a childhood nickname, he retired in 1974 fromthe Tin Mill at Sparrows Point after 40 years of service.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and the Johns Hopkins University.

A former president and life member of the Providence Volunteer Fire Company, he also was a founder and the first president of the Chatterleigh Association.

He is survived by his wife, the former Leora Carson; a daughter, Phyllis Anderson of Towson; a brother, Gwynn Lease of Towson; and a granddaughter.

Walter H. DeCastro

Technical engineer

A Mass of Christian burial for Walter H. DeCastro, a technical engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Baltimore-Washington International Airport plant, will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Mr. DeCastro, who was 52, died Saturday after a heart attack at his home on Kilrain Court in Columbia.

A Columbia resident for 13 years, he had worked for Westinghouse for more than 30 years, first in its field engineering section.

Born in Southampton, N.Y., he was a graduate of the Pierson High School in nearby Sag Harbor and of the RCA Institute. He served in the U.S. Navy in the late 1950s.

Fond of surf fishing, he had also served as a coach in a youth baseballprogram in Columbia.

He is survived by his wife, the former Martha G. McDonald; a son, John DeCastro of Columbia; a daughter, Danielle DeCastro of Columbia; his mother, Alice Roche DeCastro of Sag Harbor; and two brothers, Marc DeCastro of Hudson, N.H., and Bruce DeCastro of Detroit.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.

Diana G. Gardner


A Mass of Christian burial for Diana G. Gardner, a surgical instrument saleswoman, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.

Mrs. Gardner, who was 48 and lived on Pelham Avenue, died Saturday of a brain tumor at Stella Maris Hospice.

She had worked since 1987 as a saleswoman for Dallaire Surgical, a distributor of instruments.

Earlier, she had worked as a nurse at Mercy Hospital for 14 years and also at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The former Diana G. Idzik was a native of Baltimore. She was a 1960 graduate of Catholic High School and a 1963 graduate of the Mercy Hospital nursing school.

She is survived by two sons, Michael and Andrew Gardner; a daughter, Aimee Gardner, and a sister, Marlene Fowler. All are of Baltimore.

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