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Charles L. LoweryPainter, welderCharles L. Lowery, a...


Charles L. Lowery

Painter, welder

Charles L. Lowery, a painter, welder and athlete, died Monday at Memorial Hospital at Easton.

Services for Mr. Lowery, who was 78 and lived in Tilghman, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Newnam Funeral Home in Easton.

Born in Tilghman but reared in Baltimore, he returned to Tilghman in 1949, then moved to St. Michaels in 1984.

He retired in 1978 after 20 years as a house painter for Modern Painters. He earlier worked as a welder for the Tilghman Packing Co. and for other employers in Baltimore, including the &r; Bethlehem Steel Corp. shipyard in Fairfield and the U.S. Industrial Alcohol plant.

In Baltimore, he played soccer and boxed. He was a shortstop on the Wildwood semiprofessional baseball team and played football for the Brooklyn Athletic Association.

As a child in Baltimore, he was known as Hoodles, then a popular name for the game of marbles that he liked to play.

He belonged to Tilghman United Methodist Church, the Granite Lodge of the Masons in St. Michaels and, in Baltimore, the Brooklyn Boosters, of which he was a life member.

In 1934, he married Margaret Stoll, who died in 1987.

He is survived by a daughter, Betty Jane Fluharty, and a son, Carroll S. Lowery, both of Tilghman; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance Fund.

Kenneth Amrein Jr.

Sanitation supervisor

Kenneth R. Amrein Jr., superintendent of refuse collection for Baltimore County, died Sunday of cancer at his home on Long Green Pike in Glenarm.

Services for Mr. Amrein, who was 52, were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Amrein joined the county's bureau of sanitation 31 years ago as a heavy equipment operator. As collection superintendent, he was active in organizing recycling programs.

A Baltimore native, he was raised in Parkville and attended Parkville High School.

For the past 25 years, he played Santa Claus at hospitals and for organizations, donating any fees he might be offered to Kounty Kris Kringle, a program that provides gifts to needy children at Christmas.

He was a former president of the Long Green Volunteer Fire Company and a member of the Amateur Jousting Club of Maryland, in which he sponsored an annual tournament in honor of his father. He served on the Credit Committee of the Baltimore County Employees Federal Credit Union.

Mr. Amrein also belonged to the Towson Lodge of the Moose, the Bethany Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Mid District Democratic Club.

He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara A. Wilson; a daughter, Susan M. Yoder of Long Green; two sons, Kenneth R. Amrein III and Robert H. Amrein, both of Glenarm; his grandmother, May Amrein of Baynesville; and four grandchildren.

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