Charles M. ClarkInsurance agentA memorial service for...


Charles M. Clark

Insurance agent

A memorial service for Charles M. Clark, a retired Towson insurance agent and World War II veteran who served for many years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Kurtz Avenue in Lutherville.

Mr. Clark, who was 79, died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in Towson.

Mr. Clark worked for more than 20 years for the Equitable Life Insurance Society, but his overriding interest was the Navy. He served in World War II as a captain of a landing craft. He received the Naval Command at Sea Award, a high honor given to captains of naval vessels.

He moved to Baltimore after leaving the Navy in 1946.

During the Korean War, Mr. Clark was recalled for service and worked in Washington at the Naval Bureau. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve until his retirement.

He was a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association and a past president of the Maryland Chapter of the Retired Officers Association.

Born in Federalsburg, Mr. Clark was reared in Caroline County. He was a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown.

His wife, the former Emily Lee Elzey, died in 1983.

Mr. Clark is survived by a daughter, Gaye Whittaker of Olathe, Kan.; and three grandsons.

Everett B. Gardner

Newspaper editor

Services for Everett B. Gardner, a retired newspaper sports editor and writer who wrote a column on automobile racing, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Howard H. Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

Mr. Gardner, who was 85 and lived at Podickery Point, died Wednesday at the Anne Arundel Medical Center of complications to cancer.

He retired in 1981 from the Washington Star, where he had worked since it took over the Washington Daily News in 1972. Auto editor at the Star, he continued to write his column, "About Autos and Racing," which was distributed to a number of newspapers, for several years after his retirement.

At the Washington Daily News since 1947, he had been sports editor there.

Born in Providence, R.I., he had worked for the Providence Journal before coming to this area as a sports writer for what became the News American in 1940 and 1941.

He had also been a professional bowler, both duckpins and, in New England, candlepins.

Mr. Gardner served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of several automobile and sports car groups: the Lavender Hill Mob, the Sports Car Club of America, the British Automobile Racing Club, the Vintage Sports Car Club and the Corsa Club of America.

He is survived by his wife, the former Vera Rushworth, and a daughter, Nancy Hazard Gardner of Baltimore.

Bernard P. Zeitler

Roofer, firefighter

Bernard Philip Zeitler, owner of a roofing company, died Sept. 12 of a heart ailment at the home of a daughter in Warfordsburg, Pa., where he lived for about three months.

Mr. Zeitler, who was 80, was still operating the Bernard Zeitler Roofing Co. He started the business in 1952 after four years as vice president of the Enterprise Roofing Co.

Earlier, he worked 14 years for the Baltimore Fire Department. A tillerman on Truck 6, he had been a charter member and helped to organize what is now Baltimore Local 734 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

He played the trumpet in a Fire Department band, which performed in parks and parades, at Fire Department excursions and, during World War II, for prisoners of war at Fort Meade.

He also played with a group at the old Wilton Club, a Ridgely Street nightclub.

A member of the Patapsco Council of the Knights of Columbus and a former grand commander of the Cadiz Caravan of the order of the Alhambra, he also served as a deputy regional director of the order and as a director of the Alhambra Endowment Fund which provides scholarships for teachers of mentally retarded children.

His wife, the former Beatrice Huster, died in 1989.

He is survived by three sons, Bernard Paul Zeitler of Baltimore, Thomas A. Zeitler of Woodlawn and Charles J. Zeitler of Ellicott City; two daughters, Kathleen E. Zeitler of Hancock and Janice M. Welch of Warfordsburg; two sisters, Crescentia E. Beck of Baltimore and Anna T. Marrocco of Pasadena; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Sept. 16 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Ilchester.

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