Elmer Schwarz SrUpholsterer for HopkinsA Mass of...


Elmer Schwarz Sr

Upholsterer for Hopkins

A Mass of Christian burial for Elmer James Schwarz Sr., a retired upholsterer for Johns Hopkins Hospital, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 139 First )) Ave., Lansdowne.

Mr. Schwarz, who was 72, died of heart disease Monday at St. Agnes Hospital.

A native of South Baltimore, Mr. Schwarz lived for the last 37 years on Michigan Avenue in Baltimore Highlands.

He left school in his youth to help support his mother, becoming an apprentice in upholstery work. He was employed as an upholsterer for several shops before beginning a 25-year career with Johns Hopkins -- a job that entailed a variety of duties in the construction and repair of furniture and furnishings.

He did not miss a day of work there until his retirement in March 1985, his family said.

Mr. Schwarz loved music, and performed in the 1930s with "The Singing Newsboys" on a local radio show, "Uncle Jack's Club."

Mr. Schwarz also was a sports fan and ballplayer, and told of playing sandlot games in the Westport section of South Baltimore years ago with Baseball Hall of Fame member Al Kaline.

Mr. Schwarz was a third baseman last year with the Catonsville Seniors team, and coached for a son's slow-pitch team. But open-heart surgery earlier this year had ended his playing days.

A Navy veteran, Mr. Schwarz was a gunners mate second class during World War II and saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

Mr. Schwarz and his wife, the former Lillian Margaret Romm, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last August.

He is also survived by three daughters, Joyce M. Metzger of Pasadena, Joan L. Howard of Linthicum and Jean D. Simpson of Waterford, Mich.; three sons, Elmer J. Schwarz Jr. of Towson, Joseph D. Schwarz of Lisbon and John C. Schwarz of Baltimore; two sisters, Margaret Schwarz and Grace Moran, both of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

Services for Thomas J. Keyes, a former Baltimore City deputy police commissioner, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Robert C. Altenburg Funeral Home, 6009 Harford Road.

Mr. Keys, who was 82 and lived in Hamilton, died Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was being treated for a lung infection.

He served with the city Police Department for more than 40 years. He had been deputy commissioner in charge of the Services Bureau for nearly 11 years when he retired in 1978.

A collector of police badges and other insignia, he designed the shoulder patch for city police uniforms and supervised the design of the present badge.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1929 graduate of City College. He later received police training at the University of Maryland and Northwestern University. He began his career with the city department as a Southwestern District officer.

He was a member of the John H.B. Latrobe Lodge of the Masons, the Scottish Rite, Boumi Temple and Yedz Grotto. He had enjoyed raising and racing pigeons.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Flora L. Klein; three daughters, Phyllis A. Demski of Cub Hill, Patricia K. Bolvari of Manassas, Va., and Susan E. Welsh of Hunt Valley; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Dorothy J. Smith

Broadmead resident

A memorial service for Dorothy J. Smith, who came to the Baltimore area in 1970, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Broadmead, the retirement community at 13801 York Road in Cockeysville.

Mrs. Smith, who was 87 and had lived at Broadmead since 1982, died there April 18 of complications of a stroke. The former Dorothy J. Sullivan was a native of Boston who worked in the New York financial district as a young woman.

She came here from Wilkes Barre, Pa., where her husband, Albert C. Smith, who died in 1963, had worked as a brew master.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Landon Lupton of Baltimore and Margaret F. Smith of Philadelphia; and two grandchildren.

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