John C. Gleason Sr.Health administratorA Mass of...


John C. Gleason Sr.

Health administrator

A Mass of Christian burial for John C. Gleason Sr., who had administered health programs for both the young and the elderly and been active in neighborhood preservation and restoration, will be offered at 11 this morning at Mount Calvary Episcopal Church, Eutaw Street and Madison Avenue.

Mr. Gleason, who was 73, died Monday of heart failure at his

Charlesgate apartment in Towson.

Known as Jack, he retired in 1986 as director of health services at the Waxter Center, a post he held since the senior center opened in 1974. From 1967, when he first came to Baltimore until taking the Waxter post, he had served as administrator of the Community Pediatric Center at University Hospital.

From the mid-1950s until he came here, he had been administrative assistant to the managing director of what is now the American Lung Association.

A former president of the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill, Montgomery Street and Fells Point, he lived from 1968 until 1989 in a house he restored in Fells Point. He also chaired the society's committee that gained Fells Point designation as a National Historic District.

Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was a graduate of the University of Ohio in Athens and later did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin. During World War II, he commanded a tank unit in North Africa and Italy, and was discharged as a captain with decorations including the Silver Star and three Purple Heart awards.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas J. Gleason of Columbia and John C. Gleason Jr. of Loganville, Ga.; two daughters, Nancy Louise Benson of Thomasville, Ga., and Barbara Ann Mitchell of Atlanta; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph Richey Hospice Endowment Fund.

Thomas J. Holmes

Owned construction firm

A Mass of Christian burial for Thomas J. Holmes, who had owned homebuilding and construction businesses, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church, 8499 Virginia Ave. in Riviera Beach.

Mr. Holmes, 85, of Mountain Road in Lake Shore, died Monday of complications of cancer at North Arundel Hospital.

He retired about 12 years ago as owner of the Holmes Construction Co., which he operated for about 10 years. Before that, he had been the owner of Domestic Engineers Inc., a plumbing business he started in the mid-1950s.

A native of Baltimore, he was a graduate of St. Ann's School and City College and also studied at the old Maryland Institute on Market Place.

From 1923 to 1932, he was a member of the 110th Field Artillery of the Maryland National Guard. He reached the rank of captain in the unit, which still used horses, and played on its polo team.

Survivors include his wife, the former Julia R. Schatzsneider; a daughter, Beverly C. Wilkins of High Point; three sons, Charles R. Holmes, Francis A. Holmes and Thomas J. Holmes Jr., all of Lake Shore; a brother, Hugh K. Holmes of Lake Shore; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions could be made to the North Arundel Hospital.

Geraldine H. Foley

Baltimore Co. teacher

A Mass of the Resurrection for Geraldine H. Foley, who taught in Baltimore County schools, will be offered at 10 this morning at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Mrs. Foley, who was 67, died Monday of heart failure at a hospital in Atlanta.

Before moving from Dundalk to Stone Mountain 20 years ago, she taught at the Holabird Junior High School and the Norwood Elementary School. The former Geraldine Herrmann was a native of Dundalk and a graduate of St. Rita's School and the Seton Institute.

She is survived by her husband, James G. Foley Sr.; three daughters, Mary Beth Baker of Baltimore, Jennifer F. Hess of Lilburn, Ga., and Paula J. Laurent of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a son, James G. Foley Jr. of Norcross, Ga.; and eight grandchildren.

Bessie Rouse

Active in church

A Mass of Christian burial for Bessie Rouse, who was active in church groups, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5502 York Road in Govans.

Mrs. Rouse, 91, of Tunbridge Road, died Monday of cancer at the Manor Care Ruxton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Baltimore, the former Bessie Murphy was a graduate of St. John's School and of the Institute of Notre Dame. She served as president of the alumnae class of 1919 at the Institute and was a member of the auxiliaries of St. Joseph Hospital, St. Martin's Home for the Aged, the St. Elizabeth School and Habilitation Center and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Her husband, Charles R. Rouse, who was in the Customs Service, died in 1968.

Survivors include a son, Charles R. Rouse Jr. of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

One of her grandchildren, the Rev. Charles O. Rouse, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church, will be among the celebrants of the Mass.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to St. Mary of the Assumption Church.

Clara R. Feeney

Telephone operator

A Mass of Christian burial for Clara R. Feeney, a retired telephone operator, will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at the Charlestown Retirement Community, 711 Maiden Choice Lane in Catonsville.

Miss Feeney, who was 83, died of a general infection Tuesday at her home in the retirement community.

The Cumberland native retired in 1975 after 42 years with the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. A member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, she also lived in Baltimore.

Her survivors include a niece, Mary W. Schmidt of Warminster, Pa.

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