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William F. S. Hastie

Business executive

William F. S. Hastie, a retired accountant, business officer and volunteer leader with a number of Anne Arundel County organizations, died last Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah, Ga., after a brief illness.

Memorial services for Mr. Hastie, who was 89, will be held at Woods Memorial Church in Severna Park at 2 p.m. today.

Mr. Hastie moved to Baltimore in 1945 as an accountant for British Overseas Airways' Dundalk office.

He and his family settled in Arnold and became the first residents of Rugby Hall, but the family moved to New York when British Airways moved its offices there. Mr. Hastie spent two years in New York, then returned with his family to Maryland, where he worked in Annapolis as secretary-treasurer for John Trumpy & Sons until he retired in 1974.

While living in Maryland, Mr. Hastie was an active volunteer, serving as a member of the board of directors of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area Boy Scouts for several years.

He was treasurer for several organizations, including the Community Fund of Annapolis, the United Fund for Anne Arundel County, the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Annapolitan Club of Annapolis.

Mr. Hastie was an elder and former trustee of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. He also was a member of the St. Andrew's Society of Baltimore.

Mr. Hastie is survived by his wife, Mary M. Hastie of Savannah, Ga.; two sons, retired Air Force Col. Robert T. Hastie of Savannah, and retired Navy Capt. William J. Hastie of Atlanta; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Carlos Oliveira Nunes

Imported Portuguese art

Carlos Oliveira Nunes, a longtime importer of Portuguese ceramics and art, as well as a Baltimore boutique owner, died in his Rodgers Forge home of cancer Aug. 1. A memorial service already has been held.

Mr. Nunes, who was 75, moved to Baltimore in 1958 after marrying Christina Behm.

He started Carlos Oliveira Nunes Inc., a company that was among the first to offer imported Portuguese ceramics and art to retailers in the Baltimore-Washington area.

In 1969, Mr. Nunes and his wife opened a shop called Boutique Christina, located first in the Marylander Apartments and then in Wyndhurst Village in Roland Park. The couple operated the boutique, which featured Mr. Nunes' imports, until retiring in 1985.

From 1965 to 1985 Mr. Nunes also was active in the Alliance Francaise, an organization devoted to French literature, language and culture.

Mr. Nunes was born in Lisbon, Portugal. The Nunes had lived many years in the Rodgers Forge area of Baltimore County.

He is survived by his wife; a brother-in-law, Carl Behm III of Towson; and many nieces and nephews in Portugal and Maryland.

The family suggested memorial contributions be sent to the Visiting Nurse Association of Baltimore, 6000 Metro Drive, Baltimore, Md., 21215-3227.

Ann F. Forbush

College instructor

Ann Farquhar Forbush, a former staff member for the Maryland Historical Society and former college instructor, died Thursday as a result of complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Memorial services for Mrs. Forbush, who was 82, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Friends Meetinghouse in Sandy Spring.

Mrs. Forbush was the wife of William Byron Forbush II, headmaster of the Friends School in Baltimore. She was a graduate of Sherwood High School, and held a degree from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va.

A trained pianist, Mrs. Forbush also earned a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University and later taught at the Community College of Baltimore.

Mrs. Forbush is survived by her husband; her mother, Helen N. Farquhar; a daughter, Marjorie N. Forbush; two sons, William B. Forbush III and Norman D. Forbush; a sister, Margaret F. Adelfio; a brother, Gordon N. Farquhar; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Forbush Scholarship Fund at Friends School of Baltimore, 5114 N. Charles St., Baltimore, 21210.

Lena F. Snyder

Elementary teacher

Lena Frances Snyder, a retired Baltimore elementary school teacher, died July 28 at the Meridian-Long Green Nursing Center.

Memorial services for Mrs. Snyder, who was 83, will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 30 at Faith and St. Mark's United Church of Christ in Baltimore.

The former Lena Frances Schultz, a graduate of Towson State University and Findlay College, in Findlay, Ohio, taught for 20 years in public school systems in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She retired as a Baltimore school teacher in 1964.

As the wife of the late Rev. E. Kenneth Snyder, Mrs. Snyder was active in many phases of church work. Her other interests included crocheting, gardening, painting and music.

She is survived by a son, Jan E. Snyder Sr.; a daughter-in-law, Suzanne C. Snyder; two grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Faith and St. Mark's United Church of Christ.

Willie Cleo Howie

Sanitation worker

Willie Cleo Howie, a retired employee of the Baltimore City Bureau of Sanitation, died Wednesday at Bon Secours Hospital of heart and lung failure, and a stroke.

A Christian Wake for Mr. Howie, who was 78, will be held at 7 p.m. today at Wayland Baptist Church on Garrison Boulevard. A funeral will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Born in Fort Mills, S.C., Mr. Howie moved to Baltimore in 1932. He went to work for the city government and joined Brown's Memorial Baptist Church, where he was a member for more than 50 years. At the church, he was a pianist, director of the Male Chorus and a member of the Mass Choir. Also, he was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed gardening.

His wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Blackmon, died in 1988.

Mr. Howie is survived by three sons, Lonnie William Howie of Baltimore, Michael Barry Howie of Randallstown and James "Jimmy" Gaylord Howie of Baltimore; five daughters, Shirley H. Wright of Baltimore, Odessa H. Coates of Columbia, Estelle H. Clark of Randallstown and Allegra Ann Howie and Paulette Howie, both of Woodlawn; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Monroe Karasik

Retired attorney

Monroe Karasik, a retired partner in a Washington law firm who was active in schools and in groups supporting disabled people, handicapped, died July 27 of cardiac arrest at a Washington hospital.

A memorial service for Mr. Karasik, who was 81, is set for 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at his home at 9 W. Lenox St. in Chevy Chase.

He retired in 1976 after 26 years as a partner in the law firm of Surrey, Karasik and Morse, which included among its clients the Dominican Republic and the Fluorspar Importers and Producers Institute.

A resident of the Washington area since 1938, he earlier worked in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department and for the State Department. Born in New York City, he was a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Brooklyn Law School.

During World War II, he was an Army officer in the Office of Strategic Services. He was president of the board of the Green Acres School and general counsel and a member of the board of the U.S. Day Care and Child Development Council.

He also was president of the Association for Retarded Citizens in Montgomery County and in Maryland. The county association named a Silver Spring day-care center in honor of Mr. Karasik and his wife.

He was a member of the boards of Montgomery County Day Care Association and the Centers for the Handicapped, and a member of the advisory committee of the Great Oaks Center in Silver Spring.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joan Pascal; three sons, David Karasik of Wardensville, W.Va., Michael Karasik of Baltimore and Paul Karasik of West Tisbury, Mass.; a daughter, Judy Karasik of Washington; and two grandchildren.

Mary Etta Messmer


Mary Etta Messmer, a homemaker and resident of Baltimore for 20 years, died Saturday at the Oakview Care Center in Williston, Fla., after a long illness. Her husband said she had a stroke two years ago.

Services for Mrs. Messmer, who was 77, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Rainbow Lakes Methodist Church, Rainbow Lakes Estate, Fla.

The former Mary Etta Leddick was born in Reading, Pa., and graduated from high school there in 1931. Two years later she married Russell Messmer, also of Reading.

In 1936, they moved to Baltimore, where they lived for 20 years. In 1956, they moved to North Miami Beach, Fla., where they lived until 1976, when they moved to Dunnellon.

From about 1944 to 1956, Mrs. Messmer was a Girl Scout leader in Baltimore. She also was an active member of Kenwood Presbyterian Church in Overlea.

She enjoyed gardening and sewing and was a member of the Garden Club in Rainbow Lakes Estate.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Marylou Stahl of Overland Park, Kan., and Patricia A. Wooley of Louisa, Va.; a brother, Kenneth Leddick of Baltimore; a sister, Myrtle Mogle of Sinking Spring, Pa.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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