B. MenikheimKnown as 'Mrs. Santa'A Mass of...


B. Menikheim

Known as 'Mrs. Santa'

A Mass of Christian burial for Bernadine Menikheim, a former department store model known in the Hampden community as "Mrs. Santa Claus" for her work as costumer and scheduler for her husband's appearances as Santa Claus, will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Hickory Avenue and 37th Street.

She died Monday of cancer at the age of 65 at St. Joseph Hospital.

The former Bernadine Adelsberger was a native of Hampden and a graduate of Eastern High School. She lived on Newport Avenue.

She worked as a model before her marriage to Ernest Menikheim, a retired Baltimore firefighter. His appearances in Hampden as Santa Claus included the Mayor's Christmas Parade on the first Sunday of December.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include five daughters, Joann Gray, Suzie Jones, Mary McCartney and Connie Compton, all of Baltimore, and Michele Shouman Hansen of Ocean City; a son, Ernie Menikheim of Baltimore; five brothers, Richard, Leslie, Paul, Eddie and Eugene Adelsberger, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Margaret Hood and Dorothy Allen, also of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

Rev. R. L. Hitchens

Baptist minister

Services for the Rev. Richard L. Hitchens, pastor for the past 33 years of St. Matthew's First Baptist Church in Laurel, Del., will be held at 1 p.m. today at the church.

Mr. Hitchens, who was 79, died Monday of heart failure at his home in Laurel.

He had worked as a truck driver for the Marvel Packing Co. in Hebron on Maryland's Eastern Shore and then from 1963 until 1970 he owned and operated school buses in Laurel and in Georgetown, Del.

The Columbia, Del., native was an ordained member of the Progressive Baptist Association of Maryland and Delaware.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Alberta Waller; five sons, Theodore, Donald, Robert, Charles and the Rev. William Alvin Hitchens, all of Laurel; a brother, Leonard H. Hitchens of Columbia; a sister, Emma Gaines of Columbia; 28 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great grandchildren.

Carolyn Munderloh

Housing agency cashier

A memorial service for Carolyn J. Munderloh, a retired cashier for the Baltimore Housing Authority, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave. in Towson.

Mrs. Munderloh died May 8 of cancer at her home in the Ridgely Condominium in Towson. She was 72.

She retired in 1982 after about 20 years with the Housing Authority. Earlier, she worked for Sears, Roebuck & Co. and for what was then the May Co.

The former Carolyn Jacobs, born in Baltimore, was a 1936 graduate of Eastern High School. As a child, she studied ballet at the Peabody Institute.

Her marriage to Arthur P. Munderloh ended in divorce.

She is survived by a son, Otts Munderloh of Towson and New York City; and a daughter, D. Jo-Ann Munderloh of Towson.

Hope M. Godwin

Parks district chief

A Mass of Christian burial for Hope M. Godwin, who retired nearly 30 years ago as a district superintendent in Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Paulskirk Drive and Chatham Road in Ellicott City.

Miss Godwin, 89, died Monday of pneumonia at the Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home in Catonsville.

She had lived in Towson for many years.

She began her career working for the Playground Athletic League, a predecessor of the current recreation department.

Her innovations included recreational use of school facilities, swimming lessons at the indoor pool of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, a badminton center at Eastern High School, a fencing group in South Baltimore and organized sledding.

She helped design the Hamilton Recreation Center and started Golden Age clubs, day camps and teen councils.

During World War II, she sponsored dances for servicemen on the Recreation Pier at the foot of Broadway, and other programs for shift workers in defense plants.

After retiring from Recreation and Parks, she taught English literature for a year at Southern High School and for another year at Eastern High School.

Born in New York City, she was a graduate of Sargent College -- now part of Boston University -- and later earned a master's degree at Western Maryland College.

Her survivors include two nieces, Maureen Bitz Hodges of Ellicott City and Sally Godwin Higgenbottom of Castellan, Spain.

John Capper

State agency specialist

A memorial service for John Capper, an environmental specialist since 1987 for the State Highway Administration, will be held at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Manistee, Mich., where he was born.

Mr. Capper, 54, died Thursday of multiple myeloma at a hospital in Seattle, Wash. He was a resident of Calvert Street in Baltimore and had lived in Annapolis.

From 1962 to 1972, he was a natural resources planner and deputy director of the Maryland Department of Chesapeake Bay Affairs. He was the first administrator of the Maryland Wetlands Act. From 1973 to 1977, he was director of land planning services for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

He was co-author of "Chesapeake Waters," a study of the environmental history of the bay.

The 1959 graduate of Dartmouth College served as an officer in the Navy before studying forestry and natural resources at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

As a singer and actor he appeared in productions of the Annapolis Summer Theatre and the Spotlighter's Theatre in Baltimore. He sang with several choral groups.

He is survived by a daughter, Rachel Madsen of Olympia, Wash.; a son, Nathan Capper of Marquette, Mich.; a brother, Holland P. Capper of Chicago; two sisters, Mary Stewart of Seattle and Susanna Edgar of Kent, Ohio; and two grandchildren.

Robert Bruchey Sr.

Credit vice president

A Mass of Christian burial for Robert L. Bruchey Sr., who was credit manager at downtown Baltimore's Hecht Co. store before moving to Florida about 25 years ago, will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Alpharetta, Ga.

Mr. Bruchey, 73, a resident of Woodstock, Ga., died Wednesday of cancer at a hospital in Roswell, Ga.

He retired about eight years ago as vice president for credit and customer service in Miami for the Jordan Marsh department stores.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College. He served in the 29th Division during World War II, making the landing in Normandy. His decorations included a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rita I. Falter; two daughters, Rita Mary Peden and Judith Ann Vollmer, both of Woodstock; two sons, Robert L. Bruchey Jr. of Annapolis and Michael J. Bruchey of Alpharetta; a sister, Helen Bryant of Catonsville; a brother, William Bruchey of Wilmington, Del.; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter

Leslie E. H. Jackson

Musician and teacher

Leslie Elizabeth Hill Jackson, who taught at St. Veronica's HeadStart Center in Cherry Hill and was a musician, died March 11 of kidney and heart failure at Bon Secours Hospital. She was 77.

Born in Princeton, W.Va., she was educated in West Virginia schools, including Bluefield State Teacher's College, where she received a master's degree in elementary education.

After teaching for a time in West Virginia, she moved to Baltimore in the late 1930s and taught in the city public school system. In the mid-1980s she joined the Head Start staff at St. Veronica's.

Mrs. Jackson, who had been the pianist and organist for a choir in West Virginia, gave free piano lessons to youths in Cherry Hill.

She was a member of the Cherry Hill Improvement Association, National Education Association, Baltimore City Council of Elders, Maryland State Teachers' Association, Community Legal Aid Advisory Board and American Association for Retired Persons.

She and her late husband, James Otho Jackson of Baltimore, had eight children.

She is survived by two daughters, Cleoda R. Walker and Audrey Jackson-Kelly, both of Baltimore; four sons, Otho Jackson, Samuel Jackson and Gary Jackson, all of Baltimore, and Army Sgt. Maj. David Jackson of Atlanta; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 16 at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church

William McCluskey

Police officer, boater

William McCluskey, who as a Baltimore County police officer established the department's Marine Division in 1974 with the gift of boat, died Feb. 22 of a heart attack while driving in the Dundalk area. He was 57.

Mr. McCluskey worked for the Patapsco-Back River Railroad for a short time before joining the county force in 1959. He retired in January.

With his wife, the former Joanne Smiley, he had built the North Point Marina in Edgemere. In 1974, they donated a 21-foot Searay to create the county police Marine Division, which has several boats and operates partly out of the marina. In cooperation with city, Sparrows Point and Maryland Natural Resources Police, the division engages in water rescue, salvage, pollution checks and responds to fires.

Mr. McCluskey received numerous commendations for his service to the county and the state.

He was chairman of the board of the Miller Island/Edgemere Businessmen's Association and was a member of the Edgemere Moose Lodge and the Bethlehem Council of the Knights of Columbus in Edgemere.

He enjoyed playing the steel guitar, banjo and mandolin and taking boat trips with his family to the Eastern Shore.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years; five sons, Michael McCluskey, John McCluskey, William McCluskey, James McCluskey and Mark McCluskey, all of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

Services were held Feb. 25 at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home.

K. Hazlehurst

Shell Oil retiree

Katharine Hazlehurst, who retired in 1959 as Baltimore office manager for the Shell Oil Co., died May 9 of circulatory disease at a nursing home in Glens Falls, N.Y.

A memorial service for Mrs. Hazlehurst, who was 90, was held yesterday at the South Glen Falls United Methodist Church.

Born in Walhalla, S.C., the former Katharine MacAlister was reared in Columbia, S.C., and studied music at the University of South Carolina before moving to Baltimore as a young woman.

She moved to Glens Falls after a 22-year career with Shell. Earlier, she worked for the Farboil Co.

Mrs. Hazlehurst enjoyed playing the piano and was a member of the Pilot Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her husband, Hugh Jenkins Hazlehurst, died in 1959.

She is survived by a son, Robert MacAlister of South Glens Falls, three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

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