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James H. Barton Jr.


James H. Barton Jr., owner of the Barton Funeral Home in Centreville and Queenstown, died Friday at his Centreville home of an apparent heart attack. He was 64.

Mr. Barton bought the business, then known as Barton Brothers, in 1964 from two uncles who had started it in 1920.

Born in Easton but reared in Centreville, he was a 1945 graduate of Centreville High School and a 1947 graduate of the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa.

After attending the University of Maryland, he graduated from the Eckles School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia in 1954.

He was a former secretary and former board member of the Kent Island Yacht Club and a former president of the Centreville Lions Club. He was also a former member of the Maryland National Guard.

Services were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Centreville United Methodist Church.

Mr. Barton is survived by his wife, the former Marion M. Morris; two sons, James H. Barton III and Morris T. Barton, both of Centreville; two sisters, Anna M. Thompson of Centreville and Roberta B. Seger of Easton; and two grandchildren.

Emily McGill Wilson

Fashion model, 93

Emily McGill Wilson, who started a 31-year modeling career at age 50, died Sunday at Sinai Hospital after a blood vessel burst.

Mrs. Wilson, who was 93 and lived in Old Northwood for many years, had been a resident of the Wesley Home for the past seven years.

Between the ages of 50 and 81, she modeled in the tea rooms of downtown department stores, in fashion shows and for photographers and television. She also was a soprano who was a soloist with the choirs of the Eutaw United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church and at the Wesley Home.

The former Emily McGill was a native of Baltimore, where her father served as superintendent of schools. A graduate of Western High School, as a young woman she worked for what is now the USF&G; Corp., where she met her husband, C. Reese Wilson. Mr. Wilson, who retired as an executive of Tongue Brooks & Co., died in 1985 after 63 years of marriage.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

She is survived by a daughter, Peggy W. Ruppersberger of the Thornleigh area; two grandsons, Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger III of Cockeysville, chairman of the Baltimore County Council, and Reese Wilson Ruppersberger of Towson; a granddaughter, Carol Ruppersberger of Mays Chapel; and two great-grandchildren. Charles Emory Sullivan, a former assistant golf professional in the Baltimore area who was manager of the Walnut Pub at the Woods Resort in Hedgesville, W.Va., died Saturday of cancer at his home in Hedgesville.

Mr. Sullivan, 67, moved from Pikesville to Hedgesville in 1977 and helped oversee the construction of the resort.

Before moving to West Virginia, he had been assistant professional at the Mount Pleasant Golf Course and earlier at the Greenspring Country Club and the Woodholme Country Club.

Born in Pikesville and a graduate of the Franklin High School in Reisterstown, he served in the Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded while serving in France.

Services were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Loring Byers Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

He is survived by a sister, Anna Mae Bernstein of Hedgesville, and many nieces and nephews.

John T. Young

Retired attorney

John T. Young, retired managing attorney in the Baltimore-Washington area for the Allstate Insurance Cos., died Sunday at the Manor Care Ruxton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of complications from a stroke.

He was 67 and had lived in Cockeysville for 26 years.

He retired in 1987 from the insurance post. He had done claims work for the company since 1952 in Atlanta and Roanoke, Va.

Born in Millinocket, Maine, he was a 1950 graduate of the University of Maine and a 1952 graduate of the George Washington University law school. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He was a member of the American Bar Association and local bar associations in the Baltimore-Washington area, and a former president of the Towsontowne Optimist Club.

Services for Mr. Young were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ann Quinlan, whom he married in 1947; two sons, Andrew J. Young of Franklin, Mass., and Ethan J. Young of Upperco; a daughter, Martha A. Young of Elkridge; and two granddaughters.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association. Marjory Ann Rubin, a former country club champion golfer, died Sunday of emphysema at Fallston General Hospital. She was 73 and lived in Bel Air.

She was a former champion of the Maryland Golf and Country Club and was a member of the Women's Golf Association of Maryland.

The former Marjory Ann Jones was a native of Horseheads, N.Y., and was trained as a dental hygienist at the Rochester Dental Dispensary. She practiced as a dental hygienist in New York City where she and her husband lived before they moved to Havre de Grace in 1953.

Mrs. Rubin did volunteer work at Harford Memorial Hospital, and she also enjoyed bird-watching.

A graveside service was to be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today at Harford Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen.

Mrs. Rubin is survived by her husband, Herbert E. Rubin, a founder of the Harford Engineering Co., a plastic goods manufacturing firm.

Other survivors include a daughter, Suzanne R. Bents of Bel Air; a son, Jack L. Rubin of London; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Lung Association.

M. Beach Schultz

Salesman, swimmer

M. Beach Schultz, a retired carpet salesman who competed in seniors and masters swimming programs, died Sunday of heart failure at his home in Rodgers Forge. He was 71.

He retired about six years ago from the Towson Carpet Land store. Earlier in his 40-year career, he had been a partner with his father in the Maryland Floor Covering Co.

In recent years, he had also served as lifeguard at the Quality Inn pool in Towson, where he trained for the competitive swimming that he had begun about 10 years ago. He specialized in the breaststroke but also competed in relays and freestyle races.

In his first four years in the Maryland Senior Olympics, he won four gold medals, two silvers and a bronze. In the first National Senior Olympics in 1987, he won a bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke and placed fifth in the 100-meter freestyle.

He was on the board of the Maryland Senior Olympics and recruited competitors and volunteer workers for the seniors and masters programs. He traveled extensively in this country and abroad to promote the programs.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the St. Paul's School. He attended Washington and Lee College, where he played football for a year before World War II broke out and he joined the Navy.

Mr. Schultz was given the St. Paul's School Distinguished Alumnus Award in December.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets.

Mr. Schultz is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Betty Keagle; two sons, Martin B. Schultz Jr. of Baltimore and Tom Schultz of Succasunna, N.J.; two daughters, Margaret Richey of Denver and Ann Urie of Reno, Nev.; and five grandchildren, to whom he was known as "Pops."

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Chapel Fund of St. Paul's School.

Loryce Taylor

Retired Fort Meade clerk

Loryce Taylor, a retired civilian supply clerk at Fort Meade, died Saturday of cancer at her home in Odenton. She was 73.

She retired in 1989 after about 31 years of service in the Army job.

The former Loryce Bolton was a native of Voth, Texas, and a graduate of the nearby Honey Island High School.

She came to the Baltimore area in 1957 with her husband, Marion R. Taylor.

Services for Mrs. Taylor were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Patricia J. Murphy of Odenton; two brothers, Herman Bolton of Huntsville, Texas, and William Bolton of Alta Loma, Calif.; a sister, Avis Rombold of Oceanside, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Mary Hayden

Retired secretary

Mary Beuchert Hayden, a former secretary for the Prince George's County Social Services Department, died Sunday of cancer at the Meridian Nursing Center in Severna Park.

Mrs. Hayden, who was 87 and lived in Glen Burnie for the past three years, had lived in Hyattsville from 1947 until moving to Annapolis in 1976.

She retired from the county job about 25 years ago, but earlier had worked in Washington for the American Red Cross and, during World War II, for the Navy Department.

The former Mary Beuchert was a native of Washington, where she was a graduate of the Strayer Business College. While living in Annapolis, she was active in the senior citizens group at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

Her husband, of 62 years, Gerald F. Hayden, died in 1981.

She is survived by her daughter, Frances M. Backus of Glen Burnie; a son, Charles H. Hayden Sr. of Greenback, Tenn.; a sister, Margaret Mitchell of Sun City, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Bernadette, 801 Stevenson Road, Severn.

Howard J. Gruber


Howard J. Gruber, chef and restaurant owner, died Feb. 23 of pneumonia at his home in Provincetown, Mass.

The 51-year-old Baltimore native lived in New York City before moving to Provincetown, Mass., in 1968.

A graduate of City College in Baltimore and the Wilfred Academy in New York, he was a hairdresser before turning to his profession as a gourmet chef and restaurateur.

He is credited for bringing nouvelle cuisine to Cape Cod with the opening of Front Street Restaurant in Provincetown in 1974. After selling Front Street in 1987, he opened Gruber's Bayside Restaurant in 1988. He also was known for cooking with Maryland crab meat.

A longtime lover of the performing arts, he was an original member of John Waters' Dreamland Studios in Baltimore. He was one of the first actors to have portrayed John F. Kennedy, playing him in one of Mr. Waters' political films, "Eat Your Make Up." He was also an early member of the Provincetown Theater Guild, appearing in "Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" and "Cabaret."

Mr. Gruber is survived by his mother, Frances Burman of Baltimore; a sister, Barbara Kandel of Baltimore; and a brother, Carl Burman of Bali, Indonesia.

A service is to be scheduled for some time in the spring.

Memorial donations may be made to Outer Cape Health Services Inc., P.O. Box 613, Provincetown, Mass. 02657.

Walter N. Lesko

Railroad executive

Walter N. Lesko, a retired railroad executive, died Feb. 11 of heart failure at his home in Naples, Fla.

The 67-year-old Lakewood, Ohio, native worked for the CSX Corp. for more than 40 years. He was an executive in Chicago, Baltimore, Washington and New York, where he retired in 1985 as regional sales manager.

A member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples, he was president of the Washington Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association and the Imperial Estates Homeowners Association, and a member of the Traffic Club of Chicago & New York.

He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater in World War II. An avid golfer, he had been president of the Chartwell Golf and County Club in Severna Park, a member of the Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., and the Golf Committee of Imperial Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Dorothy Losh; and a brother, Henry J. Lesko of Dallas.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Feb. 15 at St. John the Evangelist Church. The family suggests contributions may be made to the Building Fund of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Mabel Ruth Bennett

Newswoman, author

Mabel Ruth Bennett, founder of the Polio Parents Club of America, died in Great Falls, Va., Jan. 18.

A graduate of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore and the Dwight School in Englewood, N.J., she later received her associate of arts degree from Miami Dade Junior College.

In 1930, she married Richard H. R. Bennett, who died in 1955. Mr. Bennett was an editor at The Sun. They had three children: Gerald Knox Chapin, who died in 1986, Betsy R. Bennett of Columbia and Richard H. R. Bennett Jr. of McLean, Va.

Mrs. Bennett, known as Mame by her friends, was a newspaperwoman, poet and writer of children's books. She was active in Baltimore newspaper circles with her husband and introduced H. L. Mencken to Sara Haardt, the woman who eventually became his wife.

She wrote "The Hidden Garden" in 1955, which won the New York Library's Children's Book of the Year award. She also wrote more than 100 poems and was designated the Poet Laureate of the New York Woman's Press Club in 1978.

Mrs. Bennett devoted her later years to helping the children of migrant farm workers in Florida gain training and college scholarships. She won the Jefferson Award in 1981 for this work.

A memorial service was conducted Jan. 22 in Vienna, Va.

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