Robert Simon, businessman, dies at 73Services for...


Robert Simon, businessman, dies at 73

Services for Robert Simon, a retired partner in the Howard County Supply Co., will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Simon, who was 73 and lived on Peach Tree Court in Pikesville, died Sunday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He retired in 1984 as a partner in the building supply company with which he had been associated since 1947.

In the late 1940s, he had been the owner of the North Avenue Plumbing Supply Co.

During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers in North Africa. Before the war, the Baltimore native worked in an electrical repair shop at the Mount Clare shops of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.

A member of the Nathan Hackerman Lodge of B'nai B'rith, he served as volunteer maintenance director of the Moses Montefiore Woodmoor Hebrew Congregation, was a member of the board of the United Hebrew Cemetery at Lansdowne and also did volunteer work at Baltimore County General Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rona Rief; three sons, Dennis Simon of Sparks, Arnold Simon of Catonsville and Marley Simon of Pikesville; a sister, Nettie Kramer of Pikesville; and three grandchildren.

A. Carl Pennington

Retired inspector

A. Carl Pennington, a retired inspector for the Martin Marietta Corp., died Sept. 8 at Franklin Square Hospital after a stroke.

Mr. Pennington, who was 80 and lived on Yvonne Avenue in Perry Hall, retired in 1973 after starting with what was then the Glenn L. Martin Co. in 1930.

He also worked briefly as a salesman for Belair Road Chevrolet.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute, he was a former resident of Overlea.

During World War II and later, he served as an auxiliary fireman with Engine 54.

He had been an adult leader for the Cub Scouts at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Overlea and later with the Boy Scout troop at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Fullerton. At St. Joseph's Church, he was an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, a former president of the Holy Name Society and a frequent volunteer worker at suppers, carnivals and other events.

He was also a member of the Cardinal Gibbons Council of the Knights of Columbus.

A tenor, he sang with the Harbor City Chorus, formerly the Towsonaires, of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.

Also, he bowled in the Sociables league at the Perry Hall Lanes and attended the Towson Senior Day Care Program.

He is survived by his wife, the former Magdalene B. Remesch; two sons, Richard F. Pennington of White Hall and Robert C. Pennington of Perry Hall; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered for Mr. Pennington Sept. 12 at St. Joseph's Church in Fullerton.

Sylvan K. Fleishman

Sales promotion director

Sylvan K. Fleishman, retired sales promotion director for the State Use Industries of the Department of Corrections and a former president of the Kidney Foundation of Maryland, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at the North Oaks Retirement Community.

Mr. Fleishman, who was 94 and lived in Lochearn for many years before moving to North Oaks in February, retired in 1963 after working for the state prison industrial unit for more than 20 years. Earlier, he had worked as a salesman.

In addition to heading the Kidney Foundation in Maryland, he had served on the executive board of the National Kidney Foundation.

He was also a former secretary and member of the executive committee of the Commerce and Industry Combined Health Appeal.

A native of Baltimore and a 1915 graduate of City College, he organized reunions of his class until 1982.

The former member of the Maryland Naval Militia at the Richmond Market Armory served in the Navy during World War I, becoming a chief yeoman.

He was a former president of the Maryland Naval Militia Association and also chaired its annual reunions until the mid-1980s.

His wife of more than 60 years, the former Sophie Schimmel, died in 1983.

He is survived by two sons, Lee S. Fleishman and S. Robert Fleishman, both of Pikesville; five grandchildren; and five


Services for Mr. Fleishman were private.

Mary E. Kaster

Pastor; church founder

Pastor Mary E. Kaster, who was the founder of the Christ Supreme Apostolic Church, died Sept. 3 of a heart ailment at her home on Chalet Court.

Pastor Kaster, who was 78, founded the East Baltimore church, which closed when she retired as pastor about a year ago.

The former Mary E. Simpson was a native of Creswell, N.C., and lived in Norfolk, Va., before coming to Baltimore in 1946. She lived on East Lanvale Street for many years.

She had operated a beauty shop in Norfolk and a dry cleaning shop in West Baltimore before starting the church.

Fond of singing and playing the piano, she also taught others to read music and play.

She joined the Gospel Tabernacle Church in Turners Station after moving to the Baltimore area and before founding the apostolic church. Services were held there Sept. 8.

She is survived by her husband, Mack Kaster; a daughter, Venus Delores Jordan-Harris, and a sister, Eleanor Scaroboro, both of Baltimore; a brother, Matthew Simpson of Creswell; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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