W. Carroll WagnerIn elevator constructionA Mass of...


W. Carroll Wagner

In elevator construction

A Mass of Christian burial for W. Carroll Wagner, who worked for the General Elevator Co., was held yesterday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Fullerton.

Mr. Wagner, who was 66 and lived on Silver Spring Road in Perry Hall, died of cancer Monday at his home.

Mr. Wagner was born in Baltimore and attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He joined General Elevator in 1943 and worked 40 years in elevator construction before retiring in 1986 as a supervisor.

He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was an active member of Gunpowder Post No. 10067, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He also was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Wagner is survived by his wife, the former Dorthy A. Poffel; three sons, Walter C. Wagner Jr. of Bel Air, Michael E. Wagner of Smithsburg and Joseph E. Wagner of Forest Hill; three daughters, Dorthy A. Klimm of Brogue, Pa., Marguerite Brandt of Perry Hall and Barbara J. Wagner of Springfield, Va.; his stepmother, Edna V. Wagner of Perry Hall; two sisters, Rita Wagner of Perry Hall and Marian Littiken of Apopka, Fla.; a brother, Norbert Wagner of Perry Hall; and 12 grandchildren.

Louis E. Wirtanen

Founded painting firm

Services for Louis E. Wirtanen, retired board chairman of a commercial painting contracting company he started in Phoenix during his youth, will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Wirtanen, who was 84 and lived on Blenheim Road in Phoenix, died Wednesday of a heart ailment at the Manor Care Ruxton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Wirtanen retired about 10 years ago as chairman of the board of Louis E. Wirtanen & Sons.

He was a native of Hurley, Wis., and lived in New York City before coming here and starting his own company.

Mr. Wirtanen was a member of the Lafayette Lodge of the Masons, the York Rite and Boumi Temple.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Helen Mohacy; two sons, Louis N. and Robert J. Wirtanen, both of Phoenix; a brother, George Wirtanen of Parkville; two sisters, Gertrude Buchwand of Parkville and Esther Matson of Catskill, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Otyce B. Froe


Services for Otyce B. Froe, a teacher and administrator for Baltimore public schools, will be held at noon today in the Morgan Christian Center at Morgan State University.

Mrs. Froe, a resident of Ivy Avenue in Morgan Park, died Monday at Union Memorial Hospital of respiratory illness. She was 80.

The former Otyce Brown was born in St. Matthews, S.C., and grew up in Washington. She graduated from Dunbar High School there and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in home economics from Howard University.

Mrs. Froe taught home economics and did administrative work in the Chicago school system, Bluefield State College in Bluefield, W. Va., and Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, before beginning work in the Baltimore school system in 1950.

She was a member of several professional groups, including the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, The Arts Unlimited, The Chums Inc. and many bridge clubs. She was also an artist. Many of her oil paintings have been displayed locally and in other cities.

Mrs. Froe is survived by her husband of 48 years, Dr. Otis D. Froe, professor emeritus at Morgan State University; a daughter, Lynne Pamela Froe of Baltimore; a sister, Ruth Jackson of Washington; a cousin, Hazel Giles of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Barbara W. Stipsak

Active in civic groups

A Mass of Christian burial for Barbara W. Stipsak, a Ruxton resident for more than 20 years who was active in many civic and social organizations, will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

Mrs. Stipsak died Monday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 62.

The former Barbara Wright was a native of LaGrange, Ill., and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in psychology in 1950.

Mrs. Stipsak was a member of the Baltimore African Violet Club for more than 30 years and served several years as treasurer. She was one of only two members of the club to be honored with a life membership.

L She also served as an election judge for more than 30 years.

Mrs. Stipsak arranged neighborhood collections for a half dozen charities, including the American Cancer Foundation, the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes.

She was a past president of the Pink Poodles, a national wives' organization of the Delta Sigma Pi, an international professional business fraternity. She also served as president of the wives' club of the Johns Hopkins University Chi chapter of Delta Sigma Pi.

Mrs. Stipsak is survived by her husband of 34 years, Robert L. Stipsak; a brother, Robert Wright of Western Springs, Ill.; a niece, two nephews; and a grandnephew.

PD The family suggests memorial contributions to the Baltimore Afri

can Violet Club or Delta Sigma Pi, 330 S. Campus Ave, P.O. Box 230, Oxford, Ohio, 45056.

B. F. McCready Jr.

Retired GE employee

Services for Benjamin F. McCready Jr., a retired General Electric Co. employee, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Camp Chapel United Methodist Church, 5000 E. Joppa Road.

Mr. McCready, who was 66 and lived on Harcourt Road, died Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital of complications following surgery.

He retired last year from the General Electric plant in Columbia after 18 years of service and had earlier worked with large radar systems at the Bendix Communications Division on Joppa Road in Towson.

Born in Baltimore, the son of a sea captain, he had been a merchant seaman before World War II.

During the war, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany and Central Europe and was transferred to the Navy to work on radar in Scotland.

He was treasurer of the Camp Chapel United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and played in the bell choir. He also sang in the Chorus of the Chesapeake.

He was also a member of the Box 414 Association, the Joppa Lodge of the Masons and the Scottish Rite.

He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Whitmore; three daughters, Dawn L. Hudgins of Baltimore, Tracy Lynn Kuhl of Laurel and Erica Jane Jones of Parkville; a son, Keith Allen Kuhl of New York City; a sister, Edna Carr of Deep Creek Lake, and four grandchildren.

Natalie Warczynski

Operating room nurse

A Mass of Christian burial for Natalie R. Warczynski, a cardiac surgery operating room nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road in Fullerton.

Mrs. Warczynski, who was 37 and lived in Street, died early Tuesday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being injured in an automobile accident on Jarrettsville Pike on her way to work.

Known as "Talie," she had been on the St. Joseph Hospital staff since 1981. She was formerly an assistant head nurse in the intensive care unit and in cardiac surgery there, and previously worked at Children's Hospital in Boston.

The former Natalie R. White was a native of Ipswich, Mass., and was a 1972 graduate of the Garrison Forest School, where she had been a boarding student.

In 1974, she graduated from Colby-Sawyer Junior College in Waterville, N.H., and two years later earned her nursing degree from Columbia University in New York City. At her death, she was studying for a master's degree at the University of Maryland.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph F. Warczynski; two daughters, Meagan W. and Melissa A. Warczynski, both of Street; her parents, Lawrence and Jane White, both of Manchester, Mass.; two brothers,

Christopher T. White of Dillingham, Alaska, and Peter K. White of Sand Point, Idaho; and a sister, Barbara W. Gates of North Quincy, Mass.

Fellow employees at the hospital have established the Talie Warczynski Children's Education Fund.

Ruth Riepe Evans

Hospital volunteer

Services for Ruth Riepe Evans, a volunteer at several Baltimore hospitals, will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

Mrs. Evans, a resident of the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, died there Thursday of cancer. She was 87.

The former Ruth Eleanor Riepe, the daughter of Harry U. Riepe Sr. and Alice North Riepe, was reared in Harford County. She attended Edgewood High School and was valedictorian of the class of 1922.

She worked as a volunteer, visiting patients and bringing them books, at several Baltimore hospitals, including the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the U.S. Marine Hospital, Happy Hills (now the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital) and Church Home and Hospital.

She was a member of the Roland Park Garden Club and belonged to the Altar Guild of the Church of the Redeemer.

Mrs. Evans was married for 33 years to Charles C. G. Evans, who died in 1969.

She is survived by a son, Charles C. G. Evans Jr. of Upperco; a daughter, Janet Evans Dunn of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Church of the Redeemer.


Harry W. Strong


Services for Harry W. Strong, a printer for The Baltimore Sun for 45 years, were held yesterday at the Barranco Funeral Home in Severna Park.

Mr. Strong, who was 78 and lived in Glen Burnie, died Monday of cancer at North Arundel Hospital.

Mr. Strong was born and reared in Calverton and attended City College in Baltimore.

He loved the outdoors and his hobbies included collecting stamps and baseball memorabilia.

He is survived by one son, William Strong of Glen Burnie; one daughter, Ruth Graf of Linthicum; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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