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Paul E. Hedemann

Bethlehem Steel manager

Paul E. Hedemann, a sea captain who worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 35 years, died New Year's Eve of heart and kidney failure at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. He was 75.

Born in 1916 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the eldest of 10 brothers and two sisters, Mr. Hedemann arrived in Baltimore at age 16, alone and speaking little English.

By World War II, he was teaching navigation to Scandinavians at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. He also served as a navigator during the war.

Mr. Hedemann learned to sail as a youngster and worked as a ship's steward to earn his passage to Baltimore.

He continued to sail for Bethlehem Steel and rose to become district manager of the Gulf Coast of the United States in the marine division of the company.

About 30 years ago, he moved to Houston. Mr. Hedemann played a crucial role in developing trade between Denmark and the United States.

He was knighted by the Queen of Denmark and the King of Sweden, and he served as Denmark's honorary consul for Texas.

Mr. Hedemann was a former president of the World Trade Association of the Port of Houston and of the Propeller Club of America.

He was a 33rd degree Mason and an active member of the Shrine Temple of Houston. He was past director of the Royal Order of Jesters and a life member of the 100 Club of Houston.

Mr. Hedemann's survivors include his third wife, Patricia Hedemann of San Antonio; eight sons and daughters, Paul H. Hedemann,Anna Sorrentino and Capt. Robert F. Hedemann, all of Baltimore, Julie Juul of Lake Jackson, Texas, Michael P. Hedemann of Irving, Texas, Eric J. Hedemann and Nancy E. Winston of Houston, and David P. Hedemann of San Francisco; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

?3 Private services are being held in San Antonio.

William M. Bremer

Bank executive

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for William Michael Bremer, a retired Baltimore banking executive, at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Shrine of the Little Flower, 3500 Belair Road.

Mr. Bremer, who was 85, died Friday at Baltimore County Hospital of heart failure.

A longtime resident of Glyndon, Mr. Bremer was born in Baltimore, attended City College and earned a business degree from the University of Baltimore.

He served as president of Aurora Federal Bank before it merged with the now-defunct Baltimore Federal Bank, of which he became a vice president.

Mr. Bremer served in the U.S. Navy as a chief warrant officer and later in the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring in 1966.

A devout Roman Catholic, Mr. Bremer was active in the Shrine of the Little Flower for many years. After moving to Glyndon 15 years ago, he became active in the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church of Glyndon.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Retired Officers Association and also the Reserve Officers Association.

He is survived by his second wife, the former Evelyn Frazier. His first wife, the former Marie Siegrist, died 18 years ago.

Survivors also include a son, Charles Frazier Welsh, and a daughter, Katherine Warner, both of Glyndon; three sisters, Clara Griggs, Mary Bremer and Catherine Wiegand, all of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Sacred Heart Church of Glyndon Building Fund, Glyndon, 21071.

William Thumel Sr.

Filterite representative

A memorial Mass for William Hugh Thumel Sr., a retired factory representative for Filterite of Timonium, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

Mr. Thumel, a resident of Lutherville for the last 25 years, died Friday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital after undergoing angioplasty surgery five weeks earlier. He was 76.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Thumel grew up on 31st Street and attended the old Mount Washington Country School for Boys.

He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in 1933.

A salesman by trade, Mr. Thumel joined Filterite, which produces industrial filters, in 1958.

He was the factory representative coordinating national accounts with sales representatives in several cities.

He retired after 25 years with the company.

Mr. Thumel's interests included golf, tennis and horses. As a youth, he worked the summers on a Glyndon farm, where he developed his affection for horses.

In 1944, Mr. Thumel and his wife, the former Angela Roberto, moved to Glyndon, where they raised their family and lived for two decades. He was an active member then of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 51 years, are two daughters, Robin Collins of Los Angeles and Mary Bradshaw of Arnold; a son, William Hugh Thumel Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Alma Lane of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested that contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 540 E. Belvedere Ave., Suite 202, Baltimore 21212.

Theodore Abernethy


Memorial services for Dr. Theodore J. Abernethy, a retired physician, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Immanuel Episcopal Church, on Glencoe Road in Glencoe.

Dr. Abernethy, 87, died of a stroke Saturday at the Broadmead Retirement Community in Cockeysville.

Born in Berwyn, Ill., Dr. Abernethy received a bachelor's degree in 1925 from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and a medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1929.

He served as an instructor and assistant in medicine at the Hopkins Medical School from 1930 to 1933 and as an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the George Washington University Medical School from 1946 to 1974.

He maintained a private practice in internal medicine in Washington from 1936 until his retirement in 1982.

The practice was interrupted from 1942 to 1946 for military service, with administrative and research duties for the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C. He also was a civilian consultant to the secretary of war.

Dr. Abernethy's memberships included the American Society of Internal Medicine, American Medical Association, Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, and the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Emily Wright Kenderdine; a son, Theodore J. Abernethy Jr. of Lynchburg, Va.; a daughter, Sarah A. Snyder of Lutherville; a brother, the Rev. Bradford S. Abernethy of Stanford, Ca.; and four grandchildren. Donations may be made to Denison University, Granville, Ohio 43023; or The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 515 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21205.

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