Albert Vierheller, pioneering horticulturistA memorial service for...


Albert Vierheller, pioneering horticulturist

A memorial service for Albert F. Vierheller, a retired horticultural specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Maryland and an expert on fruit growing, will be held at 7:30 tonight at Riverdale Presbyterian Church in University Park.

Mr. Vierheller, who was 98, lived in a nursing home in Lanham. He died June 5 of heart and lung ailments at Doctors Community Hospital of Prince George's County.

He retired in 1960, having joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1921 as an instructor of World War I veterans.

In 1923, he was the first person to earn a master's degree in horticulture at the university.

During his 36 years in the extension service, his demonstrations included tree pruning for apple growers, breeding thornless blackberry bushes and growing disease-resistant strawberry plants. His work with strawberries on the lower Eastern Shore made the state a leading supplier of strawberry plants.

He was secretary of the Maryland State Horticultural Society for 33 years, edited its newsletter and was active in the Peninsula Horticultural Society, which met in Salisbury.

Born in Parkersburg, W.Va., Mr. Vierheller was a 1918 graduate of West Virginia University. He served in the Army before joining the UM faculty.

He was honored on his 90th birthday by the West Virginia Horticultural Society. The Maryland chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, an honorary fraternity for extension service workers, named its scholarship fund for him. He had twice served as president of the chapter. He was also a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

A member of the College Park City Council in the 1950s, he was a member of the American Legion, the Mount Olivet Lodge of the Masons in Parkersburg and the York Rite.

His wife, the former Ethel Smith, died in 1972. He is survived by two nephews, William A. and Frank E. Vierheller, both of Parkersburg.

The family suggested memorial gifts to Riverdale Presbyterian Church or the Epsilon Sigma Phi scholarship fund. Services for Arthur A. Sipes, a retired personnel manager, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

A Parkville resident for six years, Mr. Sipes died Thursday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 64.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Sipes was orphaned when he was 6 years old. He was taken in by the Buckingham School in Buckeystown, which raised poor or orphaned children.

When he was 16, the school closed and he volunteered for Merchant Marine duty. He served during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific.

In the late 1940s, he began working as a boilerman for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

He also went back to school in his adult years, receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore in 1964, a master's degree in education from Loyola College in 1970, and another master's in 1972 from the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied psychology.

Mr. Sipes retired from BG&E; in 1979 as a safety instructor. He then went to work as a personnel manager for Noxell Corp, retiring in February.

Mr. Sipes had served on the boards of directors of the Woodbourne School and the Baltimore area American Heart Association. He also was a member of the Parkville American Legion Post and the Hiram masonic lodge.

In 1983, he started an antiques and collectibles business with his companion of 10 years, Jean Plummer.

The two bought and sold at flea markets in the Baltimore area until Mr. Sipes was hospitalized in April.

Besides Ms. Plummer, he is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Cassell of Lutherville; his wife,with whom he had not lived for many years, Ida Sipes of Lutherville; and his sister, Betty Lane of Pasadena.

The family suggested donations to the University of Maryland Cancer Center, 22 Greene St., Baltimore 21201, and the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21202.

Isadore I. Halikman


Services for Isadore I. Halikman, a retired accountant who was born in czarist Russia and emigrated to Baltimore with his parents as a small child, will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Halikman died Saturday of cancer at his Pikesville home. He was 76.

Born in the town of Gomel, in what is now Belarus, he was taught to be a barber by his father. After attending Baltimore City College and graduating from the University of Baltimore in 1940, however, Mr. Halikman established a private accounting business. He later joined the accounting firm of Isaac and Isaac.

After retiring in 1980, he became an accountant for his son, Dr. Louis S. Halikman, a Baltimore orthopedic surgeon.

During World War II, Mr. Halikman served in India and in Burma, now known as Myanmar, as a captain in the Army Quartermaster Corps.

He was a life member of the Maryland Society of Accountants and a member of the Har Sinai Congregation for more than 40 years.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Rose Schaff; his son, Dr. Halikman of Owings Mills; a sister, Ann Grossman of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Beth Tfiloh Community Day School or the Jewish National Fund.

Claire Mae Ballou

Hospital phone operator

Services for Claire Mae Ballou, a hospital telephone operator, will be held at 1 p.m. todayat the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkins Ave.

Mrs. Ballou, a resident of Lansdowne for 37 years, died Friday at St. Agnes Hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 62.

She was born in Baltimore and attended Fourteen Holy Martyrs School.

After she left school, she worked for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. for 11 years.

About 1960, she took a job as an operator at St. Agnes Hospital. She continued to work on the hospital switchboard until last September, when she went on disability leave because of a back operation.

In the early 1950s, she married a telephone company engineer, Joseph B. Ballou.

The couple divorced in the early 1960s.

She was a bingo enthusiast, and played four nights a week at St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church and the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department.

She was playing bingo at the fire hall when she collapsed Friday.

Besides her former husband, she is survived by a son, Joseph M. Ballou of Lansdowne; three brothers, John R. Brooks of Lansdowne, Philip E. Brooks of Dundalk and Clinton A. Brooks of Westside; and a sister,Jonnie Lynn Van Alst, of Pasadena.

The family suggested donations to the St. Jude Shrine, 309 N. Paca St., Baltimore 21201.

Hazel G. Stalnaker

West Virginia native

Services for Hazel Gertrude Stalnaker, who worked years ago for what was then the Glenn L. Martin Co., will be held at 8 tonight at the Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury.

A graveside service is planned for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Glen Haven Memorial Park in Glen Burnie.

Mrs. Stalnaker, who was 80, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The former Hazel Gertrude Kimble was a native of Bowden, W.Va., and a former resident of Baltimore. She worked at the Martin plant in Middle River in the 1940s and 1950s.

Her husband, Clyde Stalnaker, died in 1962, and Mrs. Stalnaker moved to Salisbury in 1976.

She was a member of the Immanual Baptist Church of Salisbury, and formerly was a member of the Reisterstown Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, William L. Stalnaker of Salisbury; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.

Margaret D. Forfhey

Former hospital clerk

Services for Margaret D. Forfhey, a former records clerk at Franklin Square Hospital, will be held today at the Robert E. Peters Funeral Home in Huntingdon, Pa.

Mrs. Forfhey died Friday at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., of a pulmonary embolism. She was 80.

Born in New Enterprise, Pa., Mrs. Forfhey was a 1928 graduate of Altoona High School and attended the University of Washington in Seattle. She and her husband, Robert L. Forfhey, lived for many years in Baltimore while she was an employee at Franklin Square and he worked at Westinghouse Electric.

Mr. Forfhey died in 1975.

Mrs. Forfhey is survived by two daughters, Nancy Nuckols of Homestead, Fla., and Ann Fronpaine of Baltimore; a son, Robert L. Forfhey Jr. of Woodbine; a sister, Betty Titus of Franklin, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Philip B. S. Trapnell

Civilian engineer

Services for Philip Bruce Scott Trapnell, a civil engineer at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Nativity, Cedarcroft and York roads, Towson.

Mr. Trapnell, who was 52, took his own life Thursday at his home in Stoneleigh after a long illness.

For the past 11 years, Mr. Trapnell had worked as a civilian employee in the U.S. Army Material Systems Analysis Agency at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Earlier, he worked in the Navy as a systems analyst in China Lake, Calif.

Mr. Trapnell was born and raised in Baltimore. He graduated from Baltimore's Polytechnic Institute in 1957 and from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1962. He earned his master's degree from Auburn University in 1970.

From 1962 to 1965, Mr. Trapnell served in the Army as an officer in the Corps of Engineers and left with the rank of first lieutenant.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Hildegard Maria Torchalla; a son and daughter, Scott Trapnell Jr. and Audrey Katherine Trapnell, both of Baltimore; a brother, Franklin Waters Trapnell Jr. of Manassas, Va.; a sister, Dorset Waters Trapnell Farmer of Winterville, Ga.; two nieces; and one nephew.

The family suggested donations to the Church of the Nativity, 419 Cedarcroft Road, Baltimore 21212, where Mr. Trapnell was a lifelong member.

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