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George A. Conner

Expert on fidelity bonds

George A. Conner, a retired vice president of the Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland and an expert on roses, died Sept. 19 of heart disease at Broadmead, the retirement community where he lived since it opened in 1979.

A memorial service for Mr. Conner, 88, was scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Broadmead, 13801 York Road in Cockeysville.

He retired in 1969 after working for Fidelity for 41 years, during which time he became known as an expert on fidelity bonds and served as chairman of the executive committee of the Surety Association of America.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland law school. He was an elder, trustee and superintendent of the Sunday school at the Second Presbyterian Church.

After his retirement, he took up woodworking as a member of the Woodpeckers. He made antique furniture reproductions, including a desk from the old Senate Chamber in Annapolis. He also was a member of rose fanciers clubs, including the American Rose Society and Maryland Rose Society, which named him an accredited Rosarian for his expertise.

He grew and showed roses and lectured on the subject.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marion B. Tuttle; a daughter, Marion Wilson of Hampton; a son, James A. Conner of Towson; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Mary Magdalen Maddox, a soprano who sang in five Catholic church choirs at various times, died Tuesday of kidney failure at her home on Westburn Road in Catonsville.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Maddox, who was 86, was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery Church, Old Frederick Road and Monastery Avenue.

The former Mary Magdalen Kaufman was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Western High School.

As a young woman, she was a secretary for a real estate company and for what is now the Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co.

Her husband, Christopher T. Maddox Sr., a retired commercial artist, died in 1970.

She sang in choirs at St. Joseph's Monastery, St. Agnes, St. Francis of Assisi and the Church of the Ascension.

She liked to sing and play the piano at social events, cook and do needlework, often giving what she made to friends.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher T. Maddox Jr. and Bernard G. Maddox, both of Catonsville.

A. L. Dorsch Jr.

Owned State Sales

A Mass of Christian burial for Andrew L. Dorsch Jr., owner of State Sales Co., was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 6736 Youngstown Ave.

Mr. Dorsch, 68, was found stabbed to death Tuesday in his Fleet Street office.

He owned State Sales, which provides gambling wheels and prizes for fund-raisers, for 17 years; earlier, he owned the Enterprise Formstone Co. and had been in the real estate business. The Baltimore native served in the Navy during World War II.

A former commander of the General Joseph Haller Post of the American Legion, he also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Catholic War Veterans, Highlandtown Exchange Club, Highlandtown Merchants Club and served on the board of the Variety Club.

He is survived by a brother, Michael A. Dorsch of Birmingham, Mich.; two sisters, Margaret M. Clifford and Theresa W. Bowen, both of Baltimore; his longtime companion, Jane Marie Kane; her children, Debbie and Laura Carfrey of Baltimore, William Carfrey of Richmond, Va., and Thomas Carfrey of Savannah, Ga., and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth T. Garmatz

Wife of congressman

Ruth T. Garmatz, who launched ships, donated recipes and performed other duties while her husband served in Congress from 1946 until 1972, died Thursday at Union Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.

Services for Mrs. Garmatz, who was 88 and lived on East Lake Avenue, were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the John C. Miller funeral home, 6415 Belair Road.

The former Ruth T. Burchard moved to Baltimore as a child with her family.

Her husband, Edward A. Garmatz, for whom the Baltimore Federal Courthouse is named, served as chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. He died in 1986.

Mrs. Garmatz launched the Redwood, a Coast Guard buoy tender at Curtis Bay in 1964, and the SS Prudential Oceanjet a general cargo liner at Sparrows Point the next year.

Her recipe for a Christmas confection, rum balls, appeared in a cook book of dishes prepared by congressional wives.

Mrs. Garmatz is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Dontre Murfree


Services for Dontre Murfree, the first-grader killed when he ran in front of a car in the 3500 block Hillen Road on his way to school Tuesday, were scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at the Central Baptist Church, Baltimore and Pulaski streets.

The 5-year-old East 36th Street resident was a native of Baltimore and a new student at the Montebello Elementary School. He had gone to kindergarten at the Hillendale Elementary School.

He is survived by his mother, La Tanya Delly of Baltimore; his father, Glenn Murfree of Oxford, N.C.; his stepfather, Mark Delly of Baltimore; a sister, Victoria Delly of Baltimore; two grandmothers, Vernetta Holmes of Baltimore and Willie C. Murfree of Oxford; a grandfather, I. W. Murfree of Oxford; a great-grandmother, Geneva Holmes of Oxford; a great-great-grandmother, Georgia Henderson of Baltimore; and a godmother, Clara Carroll of Baltimore.

Mary Helen Kovner

Active in Quaker work

Mary Helen Kovner, who worked in Washington for many years and was active in Quaker work, died Sept. 9 at the Meridian Healthcare Center at Brightwood from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

A memorial service for Mrs. Kovner, 81, was scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St.

She and her husband, Joseph Kovner, moved to Guilford in 1977 after his retirement as a lawyer for the Department of Justice. She had retired in 1972 as administrative assistant to the vice president of the National Academy of Sciences.

Earlier, she had held administrative posts at the Corcoran School of Art, the National Parks Association, the American Association of University Women and what is now the Baltimore-Washington Newspaper Guild.

She also was a reporter and writer in the Washington bureau of the old New York PM newspaper and had worked for the United Mine Workers and the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

The former Mary Helen Gion was a native of Newport, N.H., and a graduate of Wellesley College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and later worked for a time.

Before coming here, she and her husband were members of the Bethesda Friends Meeting. They also were active in housing and other social programs of the meeting, which honored them for their work when they moved. They continued working in social programs after coming to Baltimore, and Mrs. Kovner did volunteer work at the AIDS clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Davida Kovner and Ellen K. Silbergeld, both of Baltimore; a son, Guion Kovner of Occidental, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Henry Reisenweber

Advertising artist

Henry Reisenweber, a retired advertising artist for The Baltimore Sun, died Wednesday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Long Green after a stroke.

A memorial service for Mr. Reisenweber, who was 94 and lived in the Carlyle Apartments, was to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Reisenweber, retired in 1975 after working at the papers since 1961 and before that, at the beginning of his career, as a commercial artist. In between, he worked for about 40 years for the Gomprecht and Benesch Co., which closed its furniture store in 1961.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He served in the Marine Corps during World War I.

Fond of listening to operas, classical music and jazz, he also painted in oils and water colors, including many landscapes and some works in the Impressionist style. Most of his paintings he gave away.

His first wife, the former Marie Pritchett, died in 1969.

He is survived by his wife, the former Agnes Richardson Ernest; two daughters, Shirley M. Michael of Bel Air and Patricia R. Elliott of Baltimore; a stepson, William R. Ernest of Towson; a stepdaughter, Nancy Ernest Zelek of West Chester, Pa.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joseph M. Garvey Sr.

Worked for BG&E;

Joseph M. Garvey Sr., who worked for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for more than 40 years, died of heart failure Wednesday at the Meridian Nursing Center in Severna Park.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Garvey, who was 91, was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Mark's Chapel, 30 Melvin Ave., Catonsville.

He had lived at Meridian for nine years.

He was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned an electrical engineering degree in 1922.

After graduating from Hopkins, Mr. Garvey went to work for BG&E;, where he eventually became the supervisor of radio and television sales for the utility. He retired in 1965.

His wife, the former Ruth Beneze Garvey, died in 1971.

Mr. Garvey and his wife lived in the Westgate section of West Baltimore until his retirement, then moved to their second home in Severna Park on the Severn River.

He was an enthusiastic canoeist and, in his later years, took special pleasure in canoeing and fishing with his grandchildren on the Severn, according to his daughter, Mary Ruth Buchness of Catonsville.

Other survivors include three sons, John J. Garvey of Baltimore, Joseph M. Garvey Jr. of Severna Park and Robert H. Garvey of Shrewsbury, Mass.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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