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Katharine Reilly Irr


A Mass of Christian burial for Katharine Reilly Irr, a former teacher who had been active in church and other organizations, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Mrs. Irr lived in Homeland for many years. She died yesterday at Keswick of complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 88.

Her husband, Henry P. Irr, first president of the Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association, which later became Baltimore Federal Financial, died in 1981.

Mrs. Irr did volunteer work with the auxiliaries of St. Vincent's Center and the Stella Maris Hospice and she was a member of the International Federation of Catholic Alumnae. Both she and her husband were honored by the Roman Catholic Church by being named to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

She was also a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland and the Baltimore Country Club.

The former Katharine Reilly was a graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School and what is now Towson State University.

She taught in public elementary schools in Baltimore before her marriage in 1928.

She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Irr Fetting of Baltimore; a brother, Phillip E. Reilly of Towson; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund at 6806 Bellona Ave.

Catherine Wenger

Parent volunteer

Services for Catherine Wenger, who was active in the parents' clubs of both McDonogh and Roland Park Country schools, will be held at noon tomorrow at Towson Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake and Highland avenues.

Mrs. Wenger, who was 73, died Monday of heart disease at her home on Boyce Avenue in Towson.

She had been on the board of the McDonogh School Parents Club and chaired its Christmas bazaars and was a member of the parents' group at Roland Park Country School.

A member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland, she did volunteer work at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for many years. When the Greater Baltimore Medical Center was built, she was on its decorating committee. She was a founder of the Four Winds Garden Club and was a member of the Heatherfield Garden Club.

Mrs. Wenger was also a member of the Baltimore Country Club.

The former Catherine Anne Gehrett was a native of Huntingdon, Pa., and a graduate of Juniata College, where she headed the student council and was May and homecoming queen. She moved to Baltimore in 1950.

Her husband, Dr. Alvin P. Wenger, is a former head of otolaryngology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he is director of the Milton J. Dance Jr. Cancer Head and Neck Rehabilitation Center.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wenger's survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Redmond of Towson; a son, Alvin P. Wenger III of Laguna Beach, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

A. Isabella Clarke

Painter, poet

A Mass of Christian burial for A. Isabella Clarke, who painted in oils and wrote poetry, will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Willow Avenue and Belair Road in Overlea.

Mrs. Clarke had lived in Cape Canaveral, Fla., since 1990. She died at the age of 96 Monday at a hospital there of complications from a broken hip.

The former A. Isabella Hopps was born in Baltimore and attended Eastern High School. As a young woman, she was a secretary and bookkeeper for the Gustave Herzer Co., which sold hay, grain and feed.

Her husband, Emerson V. Clarke Sr., died in 1965.

She moved to Florida from Pylesville but had lived in the Overlea area for much of her life.

Several of her poems were published. She had won awards for her paintings in community art shows.

She is survived by three sons, Emerson V. Clarke Jr. of Pylesville,Carroll Anthony Clarke of Cape Canaveral and Edward Jefferson Clarke of Baltimore; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Paul R. Martin

State personnel officer

Services for Paul R. Martin, a personnel administrator in the Baltimore office of the Maryland secretary of public safety and correctional services, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 601 Valleyfield Road, Lutherville.

Mr. Martin lived on Kellogg Road in Lutherville. He died early Monday at St. Joseph Hospital of congestive heart failure at the age of 42.

He had worked in personnel offices of state agencies for 18 years.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Towson High School and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Mr. Martin had been president of the Longford Community Association and was a former member of the Maryland National Guard.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Curlett; a daughter, Rachel Martin of Lutherville; his parents, Arthur C. and Katherine Martin of Towson; two sisters, Patricia Gilbert of Westminster and Joan Turner of Indian Head; a brother, David Martin of White Hall; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Charles I. Gordon

Fire lieutenant

A Mass of Christian burial for Charles I. Gordon, a retired lieutenant in the Fire Prevention Bureau of Baltimore's Fire Department, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 4416 Wilkens Ave.

Mr. Gordon, who lived on Gateway Terrace in Arbutus, died Monday at St. Agnes Hospital after a heart attack. He was 73.

He retired in 1975 after 10 years in the Fire Prevention Bureau and 22 years of service with truck and engine companies.

After retiring from the Fire Department, he worked for the state for about five years as a safety and fire inspector of public buildings.

The Baltimore native attended public schools. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He had been president of the Arbutus Community Association and a member of the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Moose and Cadiz Caravan of the Order of Alhambra as well as firemen's union locals and a retired firemen's organization.

He is survived by his wife, the former Catherine Nugent; two daughters, Janice E. Sullivan and Loretta A. Bowers, both of Eldersburg; a sister, Audrey Dugent of Joppatowne; and four grandchildren. Graveside services for Lorraine B. Irwin, a retired customer service employee for Sears, Roebuck & Co. who as a child was part of a touring vaudeville act with her mother, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore National Cemetery, 5500 Frederick Ave.

Mrs. Irwin, who was 85, died yesterday of heart failure at the Meridian Nursing Center-Cromwell in Towson.

Born in Washington, the former Lorraine B. Berry was teamed with her mother, Lillian Blanche Berry, as a vaudeville duo that toured the country with numerous circuses, including the Hunt Bros. Circus.

Billed as "Baby Lorraine," the cutest kid in vaudeville, she and her mother toured the country for several years as a song and dance act.

Her father, John W. Berry, was the advance man for the circus.

After settling in Baltimore, she married William E. Irwin, a Bethlehem Steel Co. policeman, who died Thanksgiving Day 1941.

During World War II, Mrs. Irwin worked at the Bendix Radio Corp. in Towson, assembling radios for the Army Air Forces.

Later, she worked for Sears, Roebuck at the Mondawmin Mall for several years before she retired.

During her retirement years, Mrs. Irwin spent time reading to pre-

school children at the former Lida Lee Tall School at Towson State University.

Mrs. Irwin is survived by a daughter, Shirley Fox of Eldersburg; two sons, William E. Irwin Jr. of Clayton, N.C., and John Richard Irwin of Carney, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun; a sister, Doris McMinn of Denver; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Herman James

Korean War veteran

Services for Herman James, a Korean War veteran who worked at industrial plants in Baltimore before his first heart attack 21 years ago, will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Providence Baptist Church, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave.

Mr. James, 63, died Sunday after a heart attack at the church.

The native of Savannah, Ga., and resident of Gilmor Street moved to Baltimore while serving in the Army during and after the Korean War. He was working at a chemical plant when the first heart attack disabled him.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His wife, the former Rosalie Truitt, died Dec. 12. His survivors include many nieces and nephews.

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