Edward Ruckner, rear admiral, dies at 81
Services for retired Navy Rear Adm. Edward Aberle Ruckner will be held at 11 a.m. today in St. Andrew's Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Admiral Ruckner, who was 81, died of heart failure Thursday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He had lived in Annapolis for 20 years since retiring from the Navy.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., he attended Rutgers University before entering the Naval Academy and graduating in 1932. He also earned a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1941 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Admiral Ruckner held numerous command assignments during
his naval career, achieving the rank of rear admiral while serving in Washington in 1960.
After an assignment in Long Beach, Calif., as a commander of cruiser-destroyer operations, he returned to Washington to become assistant chief of naval operations for training, then deputy chief of naval materiel for development. He was chief of naval development from 1963 to 1965.
From 1965 to 1967, Admiral Ruckner commanded the cruiser-destroyer force Atlantic Fleet. He ended his career in Washington, serving as deputy chief of naval operations for research and development from 1967 to 1971. During that time, he also was chairman of the NATO Naval Armaments Group.
He was a recipient of the Navy's Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit award. He was a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers.
His wife, Rosa Roszel Ruckner, died in 1989 after almost 54 years of marriage.
Admiral Ruckner is survived by a son, Edward A. Ruckner Jr. of Fairfax Station, Va.; a daughter, Rosa Ruckner Halbert of Baltimore; a sister, Edna M. Ruckner of Westwood, N.J.; and two grandchildren.
The family suggested donations be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which has branches at all naval bases.
Services for Arthur E. "Art" Henderson, a financial analyst who formerly lived in Jarrettsville, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington.
Mr. Henderson, 39, died Friday of lung cancer at George Washington Hospital in Washington. He had been a financial analyst for Syscon Corp. in Washington and also worked as an analyst for other companies in the Washington area securing Army and Navy contracts.
At one time, he had co-owned a three-store chain of gift shops called the Thorntree Gift and Card shops in Georgetown. The stores are now out of business.
Mr. Henderson, who was reared in Jarrettsville, had lived in Washington since about 1977. He was a graduate of the West Nottingham Academy near Rising Sun and received a business degree from Maryville College in Tennessee.
Mr. Henderson is survived by his parents, Richard H. Henderson and Elizabeth Chenworth Henderson of Jarrettsville; his longtime companion, Mary Elizabeth Boyd, and her daughter, Mary Mallory Boyd, both of Arlington, Va.; a brother, Richard Allen Henderson of Jarrettsville; and a sister, Ann Henderson Ragonese of Lutherville.
Donations may be made to Food For Friends in Washington, D.C., or to the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005.
Mary E. Thompson
Services for Mary Elizabeth Thompson, a retired Lower School teacher at the McDonogh School, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
Mrs. Thompson, who was 69 and lived on Jeffers Road in Towson, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice.
She retired in 1982 after 20 years at McDonogh and five more years of teaching at public schools in Baltimore, Frederick and Montgomery counties. Most frequently a second grade teacher, she also sometimes taught third grade classes.
The former Mary Elizabeth Schwartz was a native of Urbana, a 1939 graduate of Frederick High School and a 1943 graduate of what is now Towson State University.
She was also a tournament bridge player and a member of the American Bridge Association. She was fond of doing needlepoint.
She is survived by her husband, Quinton D. Thompson; a daughter, Susan R. Thompson of Padonia; a son, James C. Thompson of Westminster; and two grandchildren.
The family suggested that memorial donations could be made to the Lower School at McDonogh, the Towson State University Scholarship Fund, the Clynmalira United Methodist Church or Stella Maris Hospice.
A Mass of Christian burial for Shirley Herzer Feldmann, who was interested in art and music, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road.
Mrs. Feldmann who was 72 and lived in Stoneleigh, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital of kidney disease.
A native of Baltimore, the former Shirley Herzer was a graduate of what is now the Notre Dame Preparatory School and an honors graduate of the College of Notre Dame.
She studied the piano for many years at the Peabody Conservatory and privately.
Also, she painted in oils, made doll houses and collected doll house miniatures and did needlework.
Her husband of 49 years, Francis J. Feldmann, is retired as vice president of the Security Title Guarantee Co.
In addition to her husband, her survivors include two sons, Francis J. Feldmann Jr. of Rodgers Forge and Jonathan F. Feldmann of Hunt Valley; three daughters, Susan E. Thompson of Ruxton, Mary Eleanor Roberts of Alexandria, Va., and
Mary Jane Feldmann, of Baltimore; a brother, G. Edward Herzer of Rodgers Forge; and two granddaughters.
Electrical sales chief
A memorial service for J. Roland Benedict, who had been sales manager for the Shepherd Electric Co., will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown.
Mr. Benedict, who was 75 and lived on Valley Manor Road in Owings Mills, died Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage.
He retired about 10 years ago after 35 years with the electrical equipment and supplies company.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.
For 63 years, he was a member of the Boomerang Club, an organization of former Boy Scouts from West Baltimore.
He was a member of the Adherence Lodge of the Masons and the Cocoa Beach, Fla., chapter of the International Brotherhood of Old Bastards, a social organization.
Often, he spent winters in Cocoa Beach or elsewhere in Florida.
His wife, the former Hazel E. Robertson, died in 1980.
He is survived by two brothers, O. Willard Benedict Jr. of Towson and Robert A. Benedict of Owings Mills; two sisters, Margaret A. Frank of Hadley, N.Y., and Cathryn M. Benedict of Baltimore; several nieces and a nephew.
C. Revell Moss
Marine Corps major
Services for C. Revell Moss, a retired major in the Marine Corps, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Taylor Funeral Chapel in Annapolis.
Major Moss, who was 83, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Annapolis.
A native of Annapolis, he was a graduate of the old Werntz Preparatory School, and, in 1931, of the Naval Academy.
He served in this country, the Philippines and China before retiring because of ill health in 1942.
He is survived by a sister, Margaret Moss Dowsett of Annapolis; two nieces, Ann Dowsett Jansen and Margaret Revell Dowsett, both of Annapolis; and a nephew, Frederick Richard Dowsett Jr. of Denver.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Naval Academy Alumni Association or to the intern scholarship program at the Maryland State Archives.
Beulah L. Rose
Services for Beulah L. Rose, who lived in the Ellicott City and Halethorpe areas for more than 30 years, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, Va.
Mrs. Rose, who was 75, died Saturday of cancer at a nursing home in Alexandria.
The former Beulah L. Church, a native of North Carolina who was reared in West Virginia, moved to the Baltimore area in the 1930s and to Alexandria about 25 years ago.
Her husband, Calvin "Pete" Rose, a retired automobile mechanic, died in 1972.
She is survived by a brother, Albert Church of Dundalk; a sister, Isabel Duvall of Columbia; and many nieces and nephews.
Kathleen M. Crouch
Kathleen May Crouch, a computer specialist and an artist who worked in stained glass, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications to leukemia.
A Mass of Christian burial for Ms. Crouch, who was 41 and lived on Candry Terrace in Essex, was offered yesterday at St. Clare's Roman Catholic Church in Essex.
For the past year and a half, she had been a computer data base editor for Cartermill Inc. She had done similar work for CPT Inc. earlier and had been a computer consultant and instructor.
In addition to the computer firms, she worked for what is now the Herget Division of the C & B Consulting Group.
Born in Baltimore she was a 1968 graduate of the Kenwood Senior High School and a 1973 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art.
She taught art in a Greenville, S.C., elementary school in 1974 and since then had made windows and other items of stained glass and also gave private lessons in the art.
At St. Clare's Church she taught religion courses for adults seeking to become Catholics and was a member of People of God's Mercy, a healing prayer group. She was also a member of a prayer group at St. Thomas More Church, People of Good Hope.
She is survived by her parents, Charles and Audrey Crouch of Essex; a sister, Deborah A. Stewart of Bel Air; a niece; and a nephew.
Eleanor E. Tonroe
Eleanor E. Tonroe, who had been active in church and community groups, died Thursday after a stroke at her home in the Penthouse condominiums in Towson.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Tonroe, who lived in Northeast Baltimore before moving to Towson about three years ago, was offered yesterday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.
At St. Matthew's Church on Loch Raven Boulevard, she had been a member of the Altar Society, the Sodality and a senior citizen's group.
She did volunteer work for the Red Cross and other organizations and was a member of the Auxiliary of Good Samaritan Hospital.
In 1971, she was awarded the Cardinal Gibbons Medal for her work for the Catholic Youth Organization. She served on its archdiocesan advisory council.
The former Eleanor E. Tighe was a native of Hyde Park, N.Y., who moved to Baltimore with her family and was a graduate of Western High School.
Her husband, Joseph M. Tonroe, a retired estimator and planner at the Washington Navy Yard, died in 1975.
She is survived by three daughters, Sister Elizabeth Ann Tonroe, D.C., of Washington, Margaret Sellmayer of Timonium and Regina McCormick of Baldwin; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Corinne W. Liddell
Services for Corinne Watson Liddell, a homemaker, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home on U.S. 222 in Perryville.
Mrs. Liddell, who was 83 and lived on Ingleside Avenue in Perryville, died Friday of heart failure at the Citizens Nursing Home in Havre de Grace.
A lifelong resident of Perryville, Mrs. Liddell was a graduate of the Jacob Tome Institute in Port Deposit, which is now the Tome School in North East. She also was a graduate of the old Women's Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore.
After graduating from nursing school, she returned to Perryville and married Stephen Russell Liddell, who died in 1976.
She was a member of the Perryville Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sisters, Isabelle Jackson and Frances Tucker, both of Perryville, and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggested memorial contributions be made to the Perryville United Methodist Church Rebuilding Fund.
Sealtest truck driver
Services for Casper Boston, a retired truck driver for the Sealtest dairy, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Gleaning Baptist Church in Gloucester, Va.
Mr. Boston, who was 75 and maintained homes on North Carey Street and in Gloucester, died early Friday at a hospital in Gloucester after a heart attack.
He retired in 1978 as a tractor-trailer driver for the Baltimore dairy, where he worked for 29 years. Earlier he worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Baltimore.
Born and reared in Gloucester County, Va., he served in the Army in the Pacific, reaching the rank of sergeant during World War II.
Mr. Boston was a trustee of the Gleaning Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, the former Harriet Page; a daughter, Phyllis Boston of Baltimore; a brother, Phillip Boston of New York City; a nephew and several nieces.