John W. BerwangerRetired GPO printerJohn W. Berwanger,...


John W. Berwanger

Retired GPO printer

John W. Berwanger, a former printer with the U.S. Government Printing Office, died Sept. 25 of a brain tumor at the Catonsville Community Convalescent Center.

Services for Mr. Berwanger, 81, were held Monday.

A native of New York, Mr. Berwanger worked during the Depression as a salesman in the Bronx for the American Fruit Growers, selling fruit to representatives of area grocery stores and restaurants. He came to Baltimore in 1947.

On the advice of an uncle, he obtained a barber's license in 1948 and operated a shop part time in the basement of his home on Orchard Road in Glen Burnie.

During World War II, he served as a sergeant at Fort Lee, Va.

He was hired by the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington in December 1948 and worked there until he retired in July 1975.

Mr. Berwanger's wife, the former Caroline Schmich, died in 1989.

After his retirement Mr. Berwanger and his wife pursued their interest in genealogy, traveling to Canada, California, Florida and Chicago to research his family tree.

In Chicago he found Jay Berwanger, the first Heisman Trophy winner. The two men turned out to be distant relatives and kept in touch afterward.

He is survived by a son, Jay W. Berwanger of Ellicott City; and two granddaughters.

E. L. Malamphy Sr.

Retired pipefitter

Edward L. Malamphy Sr., a retired pipefitter, died Tuesday of cancer at his home on Lake Road in Riviera Beach.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Malamphy, who was 79, was to be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church, 8499 Virginia Ave. in Riviera Beach.

Mr. Malamphy retired in 1976 from the Chessie System after 32 years of service with the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.

The Cumberland native served in the Army in World War II and was a member of the Fort Smallwood Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He also belonged to the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Moose, the Severna Park Lodge of the Elks, the Poplar Ridge Senior Club and the Stoney Creek Democratic Club.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nellie Andelletta; a son, Edward L. Malamphy Jr. of Pasadena; two daughters, Christina Taylor of La Vale and Rosemary Brown of Pasadena; a sister, Bessie Fryer of Ridgely, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Edna A. Gustafson

Born on Linstead Farm

Edna Alverta Gustafson, who was born and reared on what was then the Linstead Farm in Severna Park, died Monday of cancer at a nursing home in Zephyrhills, Fla.

Services for Mrs. Gustafson, who was 89, were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road in Severna Park.

The former Edna Alverta Kaehler moved to Port Washington, N.Y., in 1929 and lived on Long Island until moving to Florida three years ago.

She was fond of needlework, cooking and sewing.

Her first husband, Herbert Thomasen, died in 1937. Her second husband, Karl Gustafson, died in 1957.

She is survived by two daughters, Anna McGrane of Huntington, N.Y., and Irma Michalak of Moriches, N.Y.; a son, Harry Thomasen of San Juan Island, Wash.; two brothers, James Kaehler of Largo, Fla., and Robert Kaehler of Severna Park; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


Ralph S. Harper

Commercial artist

Ralph S. Harper, a retired commercial artist who appeared in Los Angeles nightclubs and formerly taught art in Baltimore schools, died Sept. 12 at a Los Angeles Hospital after a stroke.

A memorial service for Mr. Harper, 59, was to be conducted at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Genesis Bible fellowship Church, 531 Walker Ave.

He retired nearly five years ago after working as a free-lance commercial artist since 1959. Before moving to Los Angeles 24 years ago, he taught art in city public schools for a time. In Los Angeles, he also appeared in local nightclubs as a master of ceremonies and was an extra in several movies.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Douglass High School and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He served in the Army in the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Harper of Baltimore; three daughters, Iris Cockrell, Ingrid Harper and Felecia Harper, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Louise Woodford of Washington and Cecilia Steptoe of Baltimore; four brothers, Arthur Woodford of Baltimore, Robert Woodford of Washington, Franklin Tyler of Boston and Richard Harper of Baltimore; and 14 grandchildren.

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