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Marius A. Sciarretta

Retired postal worker

Marius A. Sciarretta, a retired postal worker, died Jan. 1 of congestive heart failure at Fallston General Hospital. He was 81.

The Perry Hall resident was born in Lariano, Italy. He was 3 months old when his family immigrated to Baltimore and settled in Little Italy. He attended public schools here.

He was drafted in 1942 and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a sergeant. He later went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1981.

During his retirement, he kept busy doing odd jobs around his house and tending his lawn, which he kept carefully manicured. He was a sports fan who particularly enjoyed watching the Orioles on television. He was a former member of the Italian-American Democratic Club and the Northwestern Optimist Club.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Mildred Hudson; two brothers, Michael T. Sciarretta of Manchester and Richard E. Sciarretta of Finksburg; and two sisters, Lillian M. Wallett and Bianca E. Sciarretta, both of Reisterstown.

Services were conducted Jan. 5.

Thomas A. Manning

Printing executive

Thomas A. Manning, president and chief executive officer of Judd's Inc., a Washington-based magazine and book printing company, who started and headed its Baltimore subsidiary, Port City Press, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Arlington, Va.

Mr. Manning, 60, became president of Judd's in 1988. The firm also has a subsidiary in Washington, Judd & Detweiler, and a division in Strasburg, Va.

He began woking for the company in 1953 as an accounting clerk in Washington and was sent to Baltimore in 1961 to set up Port City, where he later served as president.

The New Rochelle, N.Y., native was a graduate of Gonzaga College High School. In Washington, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Southeastern University.

He served on the boards of the Printing Industry of Maryland, the Master Printers of America, the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and the Printing Industries of America.

The Master Printers gave him a distinguished service award in 1984 and named him man of the year in 1986. The Printing Industries of America gave him its "Nickels" Award and named him to its Ash Khan Society, and the Printing Industries of Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania awarded him the Ben Franklin Outstanding Achievement Award. In 1991, he was admitted to the Printing Impressions Hall of Fame of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Manning was offered Wednesday.

His first wife, the former Katherine Sweeney, died in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, the former Victoria Matulewicz; seven daughters, Patricia Kwetkauskie of Drums, Pa., Marianne M. Lancaster of Wilmington, Del., Katherine M. Lane and Rosemarie M. Brandt of Baltimore, Lisa Manning of Goshen, Ky., Mary Jeannine Manning of Columbia and Theresa M. Manning of Arlington; three sons, Thomas J. Manning of Baltimore, Michael E. Manning of Manchester and Frank J. Manning of Cockeysville; his mother, Helen Manning Ray of Silver Spring; a sister, Jean Ridgeway of Rockville; and eight grandchildren.

Edna M. DeFord

Restaurant singer

Edna M. DeFord, a popular Harford Road restaurant and tavern singer, died Feb. 7 at Franklin Square Hospital of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 85.

Mrs. DeFord and her husband, Harold, performed as "Sing Along With Edna and Harold," and as "Edna and Harold, the Party Makers." They began singing in taverns and restaurants in the area in the 1950s.

"We started singing at the Wilkens House on Harford Road, and we wound up our career at the Glenmore Tavern in 1991 after working for four owners," Mr. DeFord said. "We played every place on the Harford Road during our career."

One of the owners of the Glenmore Tavern they worked for was Red Berman, a Baltimore prizefighter who fought Joe Louis in the 1930s.

They appeared in Ocean City, performing at the Colonial Hotel and the Commander, as well as at several restaurants and taverns in Wildwood, N.J.

"The one number that got them on their feet was 'God Bless America,' " Mr. DeFord said. "We'd have flags and the whole thing, and it was a sure way to get an applause."

Mrs. DeFord was born Edna Saxton in Omega, Ohio. She and Mr. DeFord were married in 1948.

Services for the Hamilton resident were conducted Feb. 10.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Howard W. Adams of Baltimore and Charles R. Fout of Bethany Beach, Del.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

William D. Foster III

Sheriff's lieutenant

William D. Foster III, a lieutenant in the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Department, died Monday at Memorial Hospital in Easton of injuries he suffered Nov. 30 in a fall from the attic of his garage.

He was 57 and lived in Centreville.

He joined the county Sheriff's Department in 1975 and worked courtroom security details until 1979, when he was transferred to the criminal investigations unit.

He was promoted to lieutenant in 1985 and in 1991 was named head of the crime prevention unit.

For more than 30 years, he drove a school bus under a contract with the county school system.

Before becoming a deputy sheriff, he had managed Centreville Furniture, a store, and had been an agent for People's Life Insurance Co.

Born in Starr, near Centreville, he was a 1953 graduate of Centreville High School.

He was a member of the Maryland State Sheriffs Association, the Queen Anne's County Safety Commission, the Easton Lodge of the Moose and the Caroline Country Club. He was an organizer of the Conquest Beach Association.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Centreville United Methodist Church.

Lieutenant Foster is survived by his wife, the former Cheryl Lynn Butler; a daughter, Kimberly Lynn Foster of Centreville; three sons, William D. Foster IV of Chestertown, Michael Dorsey Foster of Centreville and Gary Spence Foster of Cordova; a brother, Glenn M. Foster of Centreville; a sister, Wanda F. Deese of Monroe, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the church or to the Goodwill Fire Company Ambulance Fund.

Irene E. Blankenheim

Baltimore native

Irene Ella Blankenheim, a Baltimore native, died of heart failure Tuesday at her niece's Severna Park home.

The 95-year-old homemaker, formerly of Arbutus, lived with her niece, Margaret S. Braun. Her hobbies included embroidering.

She was married in 1917 to John Blankenheim, who died in 1958.

Mrs. Blankenheim also is survived by another niece and four nephews.

Services were to be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today at the Barranco and Sons Funeral Home in Severna Park, followed by burial in Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore.

Memorial contributions may be made to Granite Baptist Church, 7823 Oakwood Road, Glen Burnie 21061.

Col. James S. May

Military judge, educator

Marine Corps Col. James S. May, who retired in 1989 as a military appeals court judge and then became an assistant professor at the University of Baltimore law school, died Feb. 16 of cancer at his home in Arlington, Va.

Colonel May, 58, taught courses in criminal and military law and the processes of litigation and trial. He also coached the school's trial competition team and advised an organization of black law students.

He also taught in continuing education programs for lawyers, including that of the Baltimore City state's attorney's office.

A native of Louisville, Ky., he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1953 after graduating from high school. In 1960, Sergeant May was admitted to officers' candidate school and graduated with honors.

He later earned a bachelor's degree at Cornell University.

After serving as a supply and disbursing officer, he was admitted to the Navy Department's law school program and graduated from Yale Law School.

He then became a judge advocate, representing either side in trials and serving as a trial judge and in other legal and judicial positions. He was the only black officer on a military appeals court -- the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Military Review -- from 1981 until his retirement in 1989.

In 1988, he received the Meritorious Service Award of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of a number of military, governmental and civic decorations and awards that were given him.

He was a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the bar associations of the District of Columbia and several states, and the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

Services were conducted Tuesday.

Colonel May is survived by his wife of 19 years, the former Patricia Lynn Hunter; four daughters, Regina May of Arlington and Angela Weaver, Sarita May and Shara May, all of Capitol Heights; two sons, James May Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Michael May of Honolulu; two sisters, Dorothy May Smith of Louisville and Arlee May of Lake Grove, N.Y.; and a granddaughter.

John Pennington Jr.

Koppers vice president

John Wesley Pennington Jr., retired vice president and Baltimore plant manager for Koppers Co., died Feb. 12 of complications from Parkinson's disease at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was 75.

He came to Maryland in 1950 as a chief engineer in Koppers' piston ring and seal division in South Baltimore. He managed the plant at Bush and Hamburg streets for many years and retired in 1982.

Before joining Koppers, he was a laboratory and research engineer for 11 years at the Caterpillar Tractor Co. He researched turbo-supercharging of high-speed diesel engines and piston and piston ring design and development.

A native of Wichita, Kan., he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University in 1939.

He was also a 1957 graduate of the Harvard Business School's advanced management program. In 1961, he received the Kansas State Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Pennington lived along the Magothy River in Anne Arundel County from 1950 to 1957, then moved to West Friendship in Howard County, where he lived until his death.

He was a former president of the Engineering Society of Baltimore and belonged to the Glenwood Lions Club in Howard County.

He was a longtime member of the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, and he was active in the Howard County and Maryland State United Way campaigns for many years.

He chaired the steering committee for building the Howard County Vocational Technical School on Route 108, now the Howard County School for Technology.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Media Hicks of West Friendship; a son, John Wesley Pennington III of Miami; two daughters, Lynette Pennington Swartz of Bethesda and Sharon Pennington Osuna of West Friendship; a brother, Dr. Ralph Pennington of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a sister, Dr. Katherine Pennington of Wichita, Kan.; and four grandchildren.

A private memorial service was conducted Feb. 15. The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Parkinson's Disease Association.

Marguerite G. Cockey, who lived for many years in the Baltimore area, died Feb. 17 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va., from a pulmonary embolism.

Mrs. Cockey, 92, moved from Rodgers Forge to Northern Virginia in the early 1970s. The former Marguerite Gains was a native of White Post, Va., who came to this area as a child.

As a young woman, she worked as a secretary at the Johns Hopkins University, where she also took several classes.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Before the death of her husband, Edward Worthington Cockey, in 1979, they traveled extensively in the Caribbean, South America, Europe and the Pacific.

A memorial service for Mrs. Cockey will be conducted at noon tomorrow at the Sherwood Episcopal Church, Sherwood and York roads, Cockeysville.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Sherwood Episcopal Church or to the St. John's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund in McLean, Va.

Magnus Aske

Ship chandler

Magnus Aske, a retired Baltimore ship chandler and former Norwegian naval officer, died Feb. 6 of cancer at his home on Langtry Road in Glen Arm.

Mr. Aske, 84, first came to Baltimore during World War II while overseeing the arming of Norwegian ships on the East Coast.

He settled in Baltimore in 1945 and opened a business, Magnus Aske Ship Supply, which he sold at his retirement in 1972.

A former president of the Norwegian American Club of Maryland and a member of the Order of the Sons of Norway, he also served on the boards of the Norwegian Seamen's Church and the Norwegian Seamen's Home.

Born on Mosteroy, an island near Stavanger, Norway, he went to sea in his youth and later graduated from the Norwegian Merchant Marine Academy.

Early in World War II, he served on merchant ships in Atlantic convoys that saw heavy action. The convoys had to thread their way through magnetic mines the Germans laid at the mouth of the Thames.

He came to this country in 1942 as a lieutenant after volunteer- ing for service in the Norwegian Navy.

Mr. Aske was a member of the Pythagoras Lodge of the Masons, the York and Scottish rites and Boumi Temple.

A memorial service will be conducted by the Norwegian Seamen's Church at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church, 5201 Harford Road, Baltimore. A service also was conducted Feb. 9 at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Ann Biser; a son, William Aske of Timonium; a brother, Dagfinn Aske of Norway; and two grandchildren.

Martha Lee Sanner

Personnel director

Martha Lee Sanner, a former assistant personnel director on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, died Tuesday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital.

She was 85 and lived at the Ambassador Apartments.

She worked at Hopkins from 1945 until 1964. She had earlier done personnel work in San Diego and for the American Oil Co. in Baltimore.

She served as regent of the Francis Scott Key Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from 1969 to 1972 and from 1984 to 1986.

The former Martha Lee Westcott was a native of the Chestertown area who was reared there, in Baltimore and in Cleveland, where she graduated from Lakewood High School.

She was a member of the English Speaking Union, the Maryland and Kent County Historical societies, the Woman's Eastern Shore Society and the Huguenot Society.

Services for Mrs. Sanner were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Henry W. Jenkins and Sons, 4905 York Road.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome B. Sanner; a brother, Charles T. Westcott of Winter Haven, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Hilliard W. Bell

Mechanic in Arbutus

Hilliard Wakefield "Hick" Bell, an Arbutus mechanic, died Feb. of a heart attack at North Arundel Hospital.

The 74-year-old Severn resident worked at Air Brakes and Control in Arbutus as a truck mechanic for 27 years.

Mr. Bell's hobbies included model airplanes, oil painting and travel.

He owned a cabin near Augusta, W.Va., and enjoyed traveling elsewhere, including his native North Carolina and in Florida.

He was a member of the Glen Burnie Elks Lodge 2266 and the Chesapeake Bay Radio Controlled Model Air Plane Club.

Services were conducted Mon- day.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former June Smith; a daughter, Susanne E. Darce of Millersville; a son, Harold E. Bell of Millersville; a stepson, Ralph W. Butler, and a stepdaughter, Lindalee C. Beke, both of Pasadena; a sister, Jessie Alexander of Asheville, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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