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Leslie E. Bley Sr.

Co-founded company

Leslie E. Bley Sr., a co-founder of the Noone Electric Co., died of a heart attack Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 83.

In 1944, he and L. Edward Noone established the Noone Electrical Co., now owned and operated by Mr. Bley's son, Les Bley Jr.

Mr. Bley was a former president and governor of the Maryland chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

He also was involved in updating the National Electrical Code, serving on a committee of electricians that rewrote the codes to improve electrical safety. He was involved in rewriting the code for swimming pool wiring, an area in which he was considered an expert.

For his accomplishments, the Academy of Electrical Contractors awarded him its Coggeshall Medal in 1968. Mr. Bley retired in 1973.

During World War II, he was a contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, doing electrical work at the air bases, barracks and hospitals then under construction.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Bley grew up in the city's Walbrook section and lived in Rodgers Forge, Sunnybrook and Lutherville before moving to Kent Island in 1969.

He remained there until October 1992, when he and his wife moved in with their son in Timonium.

In his spare time, Mr. Bley liked to go fishing at Tilghman Island and Eastern Bay at Kent Island. He also liked to carve ducks.

He was a member of Boumi Temple and Tuscan Royal Arch Chapter 42. He also was a member of the Baltimore Breakfast Club and Rotary Club International.

Mr. Bley took great pride and satisfaction in the Saturday morning prayer breakfasts he started and had chaired for 26 years at the Kent Island United Methodist Church, where they continue today.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Kent Island church, at U.S. 50 and Cox Neck Road.

Mr. Bley is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Anna Lower; two sons, Les Bley Jr. of Towson and Elmer Bley of Timonium; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to Young Life of Baltimore or the Christian Business Men's Committee, both at 4505 Fitch Ave., Baltimore 21236, or to Kent Island United Methodist Church.

James V. Campbell

Court commissioner

James V. Campbell, a retired civil assignment commissioner for the Circuit Court of Baltimore, died of cancer Thursday at Sinai Hospital. He was 65.

Born in Baltimore, he attended parochial schools in the city.

At 18, he enlisted in the Marines, serving as a lance corporal during World War II. He was called back into service during the Korean War for two years.

Before becoming head clerk in the civil assignment office of what was then the Baltimore Supreme Bench in 1960, he was a powerhouse operator for the old Baltimore Transit Co.

Three years after joining the Circuit Court, he was named deputy commissioner and later advanced to commissioner.

Mr. Campbell was instrumental in the consolidation and trial of thousands of asbestos suits filed in the courts, working with all practicing attorneys in the city assigning cases for trial. He also worked closely with the Baltimore City and Baltimore County bar associations.

After his retirement in 1990, Mr. Campbell became a partner in Campbell's Bar and Deli, at 10 S. Calvert St., where he also was manager.

A longtime member of St. John's Oldtimers of the 10th Ward, he was a past president of the Baltimore Athletic Club and was a racquetball and golf enthusiast. He also was a member of American Legion Post No. 130.

Mr. Campbell lived in the White Marsh section of Baltimore County. He was active for many years at St. John the Evangelist and Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic churches. At Blessed Sacrament, he was a member of the Holy Name Society.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.

The family suggested donations to St. Elizabeth's School and Rehabilitation Center, 801 Argonne Drive, Baltimore 21218.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Emily Fennelly of White Marsh; a son James Campbell of Shrewsbury, Pa.; two daughters, Carol L. Patterson of Charleston, S.C., and Kimberly C. Stultz of White Marsh; a sister, Ann Gerbes of Perry Hall; a brother, Alan C. Campbell of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Nathaniel Anderson

Computer specialist

Nathaniel Anderson, a computer specialist for a Washington insurance firm, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Washington.

The 40-year-old Baltimore native and City College graduate moved to Washington in 1972 and worked briefly for the Bureau of National Affairs before starting a 13-year career with Frank B. Hall & Co.

Services were conducted Friday at the Sterling Ashton Funeral Home in Catonsville.

Survivors include a sister, Cornelia Roberts; a nephew, Eric Reed; and a niece, Betty Smith. All are of Baltimore.

Robert B. Caldwell

Retired electrician

Robert B. Caldwell, a retired construction electrician, died Tuesday after having an apparent stroke in his sleep.

The 98-year-old Pasadena resident retired in 1960 after working for contractors through a hiring hall of the International Brotherhood of Electricians. He joined the union when he was 21 and maintained his membership until his death.

The Parkton native built a home in the Ventnor area in 1945 and lived there for 36 years before moving to a daughter's home. His wife of 70 years, the former Loretta B. Helming, died in 1984.

Services were conducted Friday at Stallings Funeral Home in Pasadena.

He is survived by two daughters, Leona L. Hyde of Pasadena and Barbara D. Caldwell of Baltimore; three sons, Vernon G. Caldwell of Cambridge, Ronald H. Caldwell of Pasadena and Robert M. Caldwell of New Port Richey, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

James A. Klein Jr.

Longtime SCM employee

James A. Klein Jr., former maintenance foreman for SCM Chemicals in Baltimore, died Tuesday after a heart attack at his home in North, S.C.

Mr. Klein, 45, moved to South Carolina nearly two years ago after working for SCM for 25 years. The Baltimore native was a graduate of Severna Park High School.

Services were conducted Thursday at the North Pentecostal Holiness Church in the South Carolina community.

Mr. Klein is survived by his wife, the former June Tittle; a son, James A. Klein III of Coleridge, Neb.; three daughters, Brittany Strecker of North, Judi Strecker of Neeses, S.C., and Jean Conn of King George, Va.; and 11 grandchildren.

Mary T. Walsh


Mary T. Walsh, a Baltimore native, died Feb. 16 at the Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg after a heart attack.

The Treasure Island, Fla., resident was 80.

Mrs. Walsh lived in Baltimore for 55 years, then moved to Atlantic City and Ventnor, N.J., before moving to Treasure Island in 1975.

A homemaker and member of St. John's Roman Catholic Church in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., she had attended the St. Ann's and St. Ignatius churches while living in Baltimore.

The former Mary Tonry graduated from Mount St. Agnes High School and attended the Mercy Hospital nursing school. Her husband, Joseph A. Walsh, died in 1991.

Mrs. Walsh is survived by seven daughters, Mary Cecilia Walsh, Catherine Ann Walsh and Sister Marie Seton Walsh, S.S.N.D., all of Baltimore, Margaret Rose McClelland of Nuremberg, Germany, Marie Therese Pomory of Philadelphia, Maureen Patrice Went of Ventnor and Colette Marin Walsh of Ocean City, N.J.; six sons, Charles G. Walsh and William S. Walsh of Baltimore, Joseph T. Walsh of Norwood, Mass., Francis X. Walsh of Montgomery, Ala., J. Dustin Walsh of Ocean City, N.J., and Mark D. Walsh of Ventnor; 21 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was offered Feb. 26 at St. Mary's Church in Govans.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Bishop Thomas R. Manning, O.F.M., of Coroico, Bolivia, for his work with Indians there, through Sister Catherine Manning, S.S.N.D., 403 Markland Ave., Baltimore 21212.

John L. Kratzer

Edgewood Arsenal retiree

John L. Kratzer, a former employee of the Edgewood Arsenal, died Jan. 30 at his Middle River home from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The 70-year-old Emmaus, Pa., native graduated from high school there and attended the Graduate Academy of Aeronautical Engineering in New York City.

He was employed as an engineer for eight years at the Glenn L. Martin Co. From 1944 to 1946, Mr. Kratzer was assigned to the U.S. Navy Gunnery School at Jacksonville, Fla. Joining the staff at Edgewood Arsenal, he retired as chief of the Missile Warhead Division in 1974.

In his retirement, he built a 38-foot yawl, the Jolle II, out of a bare hull and was a charter member and past commodore of both the Glenmar Sailing Association and the Spry Island Cruising Club.

A handicapper for the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association and a licensed yacht surveyor, he held a master's license from the Coast Guard and took charter parties out on the Jolle II.

Services were conducted Feb. 1 at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Middle River.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Ann June Bowling; two daughters, Jan Oberst of Mount Airy and Beth Sheely of Edgewood; and two grandchildren.

Amy Irene Woolford


Amy Irene Woolford, who taught in public schools in Baltimore and Cincinnati, died Jan. 17 at the University of Maryland Cancer Center.

The 42-year-old Montclair, N.J., native graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in education and taught in Cincinnati public schools. Seven years ago, she moved to Timonium and taught in Baltimore public schools for six years.

She was a member of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood and the Maryland Sporting Dog Association.

Services were conducted Jan. 20 in New Jersey. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Jackson Woolford; a son, Scott Katz of Cincinnati; two brothers, Kenneth Fox of Charleston, S.C., and Lawrence Fox of Basking Ridge, N.J.; and her mother, Catherine Fox of Verona, N.J.

Roberta B. Dorfler

C&P; Telephone employee

Roberta Bowers Dorfler, a retired administrative assistant for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland, died March 4 at St. Joseph Hospital of complications after cardiac surgery. She was 84.

Mrs. Dorfler worked for C&P; Telephone for about 50 years, initially as a manual operator in Towson. When she retired in the mid-1970s, she was an administrative assistant in the traffic department at the company's headquarters on St. Paul Street.

The former Roberta Bowers was educated in Baltimore County schools and St. Mary's Female Seminary School in St. Mary's County.

Her husband of 49 years, Harry C. Dorfler, a foreman with Crown Cork & Seal Co., died in 1978.

The Baltimore resident was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and active in the Altar Guild for the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered March 8.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Hoatson of Upperco; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.

The family suggested donations to the Church of the Nativity, 419 Cedarcroft Road, Baltimore 21212.

Benjamin J. Barber

Tin, can company worker

Benjamin Joseph Barber, who worked for Baltimore tin and can companies for 32 years, died March 5 of pancreatitis at Greenville Memorial Medical Center in Greenville, S.C. He was 70.

Mr. Barber was a machinist at Continental Can for 17 years and Federal Tin for 15 years. He retired in 1986 to Greenville.

He was born in Baltimore and was a member of St. Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Church here.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps in Iceland.

He is survived by his mother, Josephine Aversa Barbieri; a daughter, Sharon J. Lindley; a son, Joseph Clifton Barber; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. All are of Greenville, where services were held March 7.

Jack H. Levinson

Ran funeral business

Jack H. Levinson, president for 33 years of Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment, died of lung cancer and emphysema Thursday at his home in the Village of Cross Keys. He was 69.

Mr. Levinson worked in the family business at 6010 Reisterstown Road for 45 years. The funeral home was founded by his grandfather, Max Levinson, in 1892, and named for his father, Sol.

His son, Irvin B. Levinson, and four of his cousins also work in the business.

Mr. Levinson graduated from City College in 1942 and served in the European theater as a sergeant in the Army during World War II.

He was a member of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association, a former member of the Maryland State Board of Funeral Directors and a former board member of the Jewish Funeral Directors of America.

The Baltimore native had lived in the Village of Cross Keys for 15 years.

He was a life-time member of the Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation in Baltimore; the Center Lodge No. 108, Yedz Grotto and Golden Eagle Square and Compass Club -- all Masonic organizations; the Save-A-Heart Foundation and the Woodholme Country Club.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros.

Mr. Levinson is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Lottie Carnell; his son, Irvin B. of Baltimore; three daughters, Bonnie Sussman of Tucson, Ariz., Terry Moller of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and Linda Smith of Seattle; and five grandchildren.

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