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W. F. Montgomery

Worked for BG&E;

William F. Montgomery Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee who taught bowling to children, died at Good Samaritan Hospital Thursday of complications from a stroke.

Services for Mr. Montgomery, who was 49, were to be held at 1 p.m. today at A. Alan Seitz Funeral Home, 3818 Roland Ave.

He worked at BG&E;'s C. P. Crane Power Plant in Dundalk for 20 years, retiring in August.

He participated in a variety of community and charitable activities, including serving for many years as a baseball umpire for the Hampden Small Fry Association.

He also enjoyed playing Santa Claus at children's events, helped sponsor the Special Olympics, and also helped conduct fund-raising events for Cystic Fibrosis research.

He started a bowling league for children with disabilities, called the Saturday Fun Bunch, at Fair Lanes Perring Parkway, where he served as youth director. He also coached bowlers for Fair Lanes for 30 years.

Betty Burke, who had coached alongside Mr. Montgomery for 25 years, said that for the last several years, he coached the Pee Wees, the bowling group for children 6 years old or younger.

"He felt like this was his second home. He was here every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. until the last child left," Mrs. Burke said.

She said Perring Parkway Fair Lanes last year gave him a "huge clock" with a bowling ball and bowling pins on it to commemorate his 30 years at the bowling alley.

Mr. Montgomery was born in his parents' house in Hampden and grew up in the area. He attended Baltimore City College.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, the former Kathleen Gorrick; a daughter, Sharon M. Wartman; a son, W. Thomas Montgomery; and two sisters, Helen M. Light and Darlene M. Rudicille; all of Baltimore. He is also survived by a brother, Keith E. Montgomery of Westminster, and three grandchildren.

Sylvia C. Hecht

Volunteer, traveler

Sylvia C. Hecht, who did volunteer work and was a world traveler, died Saturday of a heart attack at her home in Upper Park Heights.

Graveside services for Mrs. Hecht, who was 92, were conducted yesterday at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery.

The former Sylvia Cahn was born in Baltimore. She graduated in 1916 from the Park School, where she taught kindergarten in the late 1920s.

During World War II, she was a volunteer for the Red Cross. She later was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels from its inception until several years ago.

She was also a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Har Sinai congregation in Baltimore.

Mrs. Hecht cruised around the world more than a dozen times.

In 1921, she married Stewart E. Hecht, vice president of the Hecht Co. and a grandson of the founder of the Baltimore-based department store chain. He died in 1963.

She is survived by two daughters, Babette Rosenberg and Marjorie Sonnenfeldt, both of Baltimore; five grandsons; a granddaughter; and seven great-grandchildren.

Rosemary Granato



Rosemary F. Zephir Granato, a homemaker, died of cancer Saturday at her home in Erie, Pa.

Services for Mrs. Granato, who was 66, are to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Brugger Home for Funerals, W. 38th St. and Greengarden Blvd. in Erie. A funeral Mass is to be offered at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 2401 W. 38th St. in Erie.

She was born and reared in Baltimore and graduated from Catonsville High School in 1943.

She then worked at the BargesBrothers paper mill in Catonsville, then at Calvert Distilleries until 1953, when she married Carl Granato. They moved to Newcastle, Pa., then to Pittsburgh, and finally to Erie in 1962.

Mrs. Granato was a food services worker for the Mill Creek School District for 12 years, until she retired in 1990.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Danen F. Granato of Virginia Beach, Va.; two daughters, Carla Smith and Andrea L. Granato, both of Erie; three brothers, Andrew Zephir and Edward W. Zephir, both of Lominster, Mass., and Charles Zephir of Catonsville; and two grandchildren.

Mary Emily Page

Ran business school

Mary Emily Page, who operated a business school for women in Baltimore for many years, died of pneumonia Oct. 8 at the Health Care Center at Roland Park Place.

A memorial service for Mrs. Page, who was 96, is to be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the chapel of the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St. She had lived at Roland Park Place since 1987.

The former Mary Emily Hawkins started the Hawkins Office Training School, a secretarial program, on North Charles Street in the early 1930s, selling the business in 1958.

Then she and her husband, Henry Littleton Page, whom she married in 1934, moved to New York City, where she was active in civic affairs and at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Fifth Avenue.

The couple retired in 1966 to Gibson Island, where they were members of the Gibson Island Club and other organizations. Mr. Page died in 1989.

Mrs. Page was also a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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