C. Charles DiVenti
C. Charles DiVenti, a retired bricklayer, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Govans.
Mr. DiVenti, 62, retired a year ago after working for contractors for 41 years through Local 1 of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen.
The Baltimore native was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and studied drafting at the old Maryland Institute on Market Place. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.
A member of the Towson Post of the American Legion and the Govans Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he also belonged to the Hamelea and Clifton Pleasure clubs.
A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road, Govans.
He is survived by his wife, the former Rose E. Thompson; four daughters, Patricia R. Mann of Montclair, N.J., Mary R. Dauden of New York City, and Regina R. DiVenti and Theresa R. DiVenti of Baltimore; a son, Joseph J. DiVenti of Jersey City; a brother, Frank DiVenti of Baltimore; four sisters, Carmen Tessler of Glen Burnie, and Rose Eder, Santa Mooney and Mary Wallace, all of Baltimore.
Cared for elderly
Kathleen Frances Wallace, who cared for the elderly in their homes and in nursing homes before retiring because of ill health three years ago, died Feb. 12 of respiratory disease at her home on Francis Street.
Born in Kodiak, Alaska, the 42-year-old nurse's aide was reared in Seaside, Calif., before the family moved to Baltimore in 1963. She was a graduate of Northern High.
Memorial services were to be conducted at 3 p.m. today at the Evangelical Free Church in Atascadero, Calif.
Survivors include son Paul Noel Jr. of Durham, N.C.; daughter Alicia Michelle Wallace of Atascadero; brothers Harry F. Wallace III of Las Vegas, John D. Wallace of Henderson, Nev., and William C. Wallace of Redlands, Calif., and sister Patricia A. Raine of Atascadero.
The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Greenwood Life Counseling Center in Baltimore.
Dr. Henry L. Haines
Dr. Henry L. Haines, a retired ear, nose and throat specialist, died Feb. 15 in New London, Conn.
He was the identical twin of John S. Haines of Baltimore.
The 81-year-old specialist was the retired chief of the otorhinolaryngology department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London. He was also a consultant at the Westerly Hospital, Naval Hospital at the Submarine Base, Connecticut College and the Coast Guard Academy.
The Philadelphia native graduated from Germantown Academy and Washington and Lee University, then received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1939, where he later was an assistant professor and a member of the University's National Resources Committee.
Dr. Haines, president of the otolaryngological section of the Connecticut Medical Society, was in private practice for 37 years in New London.
In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife, the former Florence Ewald; two sons, George W. Haines of Madison, Mass., and Henry L. Haines of Boston; a daughter, Virginia E. Haines of Penfield, N.Y., and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by another brother, Dr. Robert Haines.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Johns Hopkins School of Maryland, care of Michael Jones, 720 Runland Ave., Baltimore
21205- 2196, or to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Mary Eugenia West
Nurse for city
Mary Eugenia West, a nurse at the Baltimore Health Department, died unexpectedly on Feb. 9 at her home in Dundalk.
The 59-year-old Porterfield, W.Va., native was a 1954 graduate of the Charleston General Hospital School of Nursing. She also took a postgraduate course in pediatrics at Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington.
She later returned to West Virginia, where she worked in pediatrics and general nursing before moving to Baltimore to work at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1959.
The nurse joined the Baltimore Health Department in 1967 and was employed there until her death. While employed by the Health Department, she completed a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master's in education at the Johns Hopkins University and also studied theology at St. Mary's Seminary.
She is survived by her sister, Lovie G. Dass; her niece, Mary Ann Goff; and her nephew Billy Dass.
A memorial service will be offered in the near future.
Memorial contributions may be made to Agape House, 222 N. Carrollton Ave., Baltimore 21223.
James Robert Carter
Performed electrical work
James Robert Carter, a retired electrical maintenance man for the American Totalizator Co., died Wednesday of heart failure at his home in Westminster.
Mr. Carter, 75, lived in Reisterstown before moving to Westminster five years ago. He retired about a decade ago after about 35 years of service with the betting equipment company. He served in a Navy construction battalion in the Pacific during World War II.
The Baltimore native was a life member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company and also belonged to the Ionic Lodge of the Masons and the Scottish Rite.
A member of the Westminster Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he also belonged to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
Services for Mr. Carter were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.
He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Elizabeth Stocksdale; three sons, J. Robert Carter Jr. of Stevensville, Ralph Edward Carter of Bel Air and Toby Carter of Reisterstown; a daughter, Nancy Stachowiak of Westminster; a sister, Rosemary Stem of Glyndon; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Thomas B. Harrison
Thomas B. Harrison, a retired shipping company executive, ** died Wednesday at Roland Park Place of pneumonia.
Mr. Harrison, 90, who moved to Roland Park Place from Guilford about a year ago, served as a consultant to the Terminal Shipping Co. for a time after his retirement as its vice president about 15 years ago.
Born in Baltimore, he was educated at the Gilman School and in Switzerland. He was a member of the Elkridge Club and a subscriber of the Bachelors Cotillon.
A memorial service was to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 4801 Roland Ave., Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife, the former Jean McPherson; three daughters, Emily Louise Fairbrother of Montreal, Elizabeth Crawford of Palm Beach, Fla., and Nancy Harrison of Baltimore; a son, Timothy Harrison, who lives aboard a yacht that is now in the Caribbean; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Anne E. Seher
Anne E. Seher, a native of Baltimore, died Thursday of cancer at her home in Flying Hills, Pa. She was 51.
The former Anne E. Cunningham was a 1959 graduate of Towson High School and attended the University of Maryland. She lived in the Pennsylvania community for more than 20 years.
Services were to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at St. John's United Church of Christ in Wernersville, Pa.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald H. Seher; a son, R. Scott Seher of Shillington, Pa.; a daughter, Wendy A. Seher of Rockville; her mother, Anne Kraft Cunningham of Towson; and a sister, Julia C. Weber of Towson.
Kenneth W. Truitt
Kenneth W. Truitt, a retired foreman for a tree surgery company, died Wednesday at North Arundel Hospital after an apparent heart attack.
The 66-year-old Glen Burnie resident retired in 1980 after many years with the Aspen Tree Co. The Glen Burnie native served in the Navy during World War II.
Services for Mr. Truitt were to be conducted at noon today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Susanna Reier, and five sisters, Mildred Manley of Towson, Essey Neighoff and Betty Holland of Linthicum, Dorothy Dicus of Crystal River, Fla., and Shirley Marshall of Fall City, Wash.
Margaret A. Hobbs
Retired from VA
Margaret A. Hobbs, a retired medical transcriber for the Veterans Administration (VA) in Baltimore, died Wednesday of cancer at the home of her son in Stevensville.
The 84-year-old Arbutus resident retired in 1970 after working for the VA for 35 years.
The former Margaret A. Freeze was a native of Baltimore who was educated in the public schools and later earned an associate's degree at the University of Baltimore.
Her husband, Wade C. Hobbs, died in 1959.
A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 8:30 a.m. today at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 4416 Wilkens Ave., Arbutus.
She is survived by her son, Wayne T. Hobbs of Stevensville; a brother, John Freeze of Forest Hill; two sisters, Mary Agnes Gary of Delaware and Catherine Boyle of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Active in civil rights
Julia Coel, retired head of the physical education department of the Tilden Middle School in Philadelphia who was active in swimming and civil rights in that city, died Feb. 28 of cancer at her home in Haverford, Pa.
The Baltimore native, who was 64, was a pioneer in organized swimming for blacks in Philadelphia.
According to her family, she was the first black woman lifeguard hired by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and helped to start the first black-owned and operated swimming club on the East Coast, the Nile Swim Club in Yeadon, Pa. She was also aquatic director of the Wissahicken Boys' Club.
She retired from the Tilden post in 1981.
The former Julia Echols was a graduate of Douglass High School and won swimming meets at the old Colored Swimming Pool in Druid Hill Park.
She began teaching in Philadelphia after graduating from Hampton Institute and later earned a master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to professional, community and sports groups, she was a member of the Black Education Forum and the Education Equality League.
She was a former secretary of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
She received many awards from the NAACP and other organizations for her work in the community.
Services for Mrs. Coel were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Greater St. Matthew's Independent Church in Philadelphia.
She is survived by her husband, Raphael Coel; a daughter, Crystal Rae Coel of Plattville, Wis.; her parents, Evelyn and David A. Echols Sr. of Baltimore; and a brother, David A. Echols Jr., also of Baltimore.