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Alice Virginia Smyrk

Retired office manager

Graveside services for Alice Virginia Smyrk, a retired office manager with the Baltimore Convention Bureau, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Druid Ridge Cemetery at Park Heights Avenue and Old Court Road in Pikesville.

Mrs. Smyrk, 87, died Saturday of heart failure at the Leader Nursing and Rehabilitation Center II in Norristown, Pa.

The former Alice Clow retired in 1966 after about 10 years at the convention bureau. She worked for Baltimore City government as a secretary from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s for the agency that built schools and other public buildings.

The Baltimore native was a homemaker in Howard Park between jobs.

Mrs. Smyrk, a graduate of Western High School in Baltimore, lived in Howard Park from 1924 until about 1960, when she moved to Reisterstown. In 1976, she moved to Audubon, Pa., to closer to her only child, Charles M. "Pete" Smyrk Jr., who lives in King of Prussia. She entered the nursing home in January 1988.

Her husband, Charles M. Smyrk, died in 1969.

She and her late husband were founding members of Digamma Alpha Omega Fratority, a Baltimore social organization formed during the Depression era. She was a volunteer during the American Red Cross' World War II effort.

Besides her son, survivors include four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

David London

Shoe firm chairman

Services for David London, retired chairman of the board of the Westminster Shoe Co., will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Rd.

He died yesterday at his Pikesville home of apparent heart failure. He was 79.

Mr. London joined the shoe company during the Depression, became chairman of the board in 1958 and retired in 1975 after 45 years with the company.

A 1928 graduate of City College, he went on to graduate from the University of Baltimore in 1932 with a degree in business.

During the Depression, Mr. London was a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox farm system, moving as high as Triple-A competition. He turned down a move to the White Sox because of work with the shoe company that he eventually headed.

Toward the end of World War II, he served in the Air Force as a warrant officer in several posts in the United States.

Mr. London was a member of the Bonnie View Country Club and until recently, played golf regularly. For 45 years, he was a member of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. He also was a member of the Miriam Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Gloria Jean Rocklin; two brothers, George and Alvin London of Pikesville; a sister, Freida Amdur of Pikesville; three daughters, Cheryl London, Judy London and Cathy London, all of Pikesville; and one granddaughter, Eva Kimberly Lichtenberg of Baltimore.


Frank G. Hejduk

Began Beltway Electric

A Mass of Christian burial for Frank George Hejduk, founder and president of Beltway Electric Inc., will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.

Mr. Hejduk died Thursday of cardiac arrest at his Belair Road home. He was 77.

After graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, he went to work for Glenn L. Martin Co., where he gained extensive experience in dealing with electricity. He worked for the company 20 years.

After World War II, he went into business on his own, naming his first company Frank Hejduk Electric. In 1959, he incorporated and changed the name to what it is today, Beltway Electric.

In his spare time, he was an avid fisherman and enjoyed sailing on his boat, "The Wrangler." Family members said he loved flowers and was known for giving poinsettias to friends and business associates at Christmas.

He also was active in the Cardinal Gibbons Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include two daughters, Marlene Grubb and Dolores Myers, both of Overlea; a brother, Joseph Hejduk of Overlea; a sister, Helen Schwensen of Joppa; three granddaughters; and one grandson.

The family suggested contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter, 1055 Taylor Ave., Suite 201, Towson, 21204.

Adele C. Buttion


Adele Carolina Buttion, a Rosedale homemaker, died Thursday at West Orange Hospital in Orlando, Fla. She was 73.

Mrs. Buttion, who was spending the winter in Florida, died from an apparent blood clot in her heart.

Born in Rosedale, the former Adele Carolina Gara attended local schools, and in 1946 she began working as a carpet sewer at Kipp's Floor Covering Services on Sumter Avenue in Rosedale. She worked 10 years for the firm.

Mrs. Buttion was a member of Saint Clement's Catholic Church in Rosedale.

Her hobbies included crocheting.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Michael Frank Buttion of Rosedale; two daughters, Agnes Slomba of Lufkin, Texas, and Betty Ann Blackwell of Rosedale; one son, Michael Frank Buttion Jr. of Rosedale; one sister, Elsa A. Huber of Orlando; one brother, John J. Miller of Rosedale; seven grandsons; seven granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.

L No services were held, and her body was cremated in Florida.

The family suggested contributions be made to the American Lung Association, 1840 York Road., Baltimore, Md. 21202.

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