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Peggy H. Callahan


Peggy H. Callahan, a sales associate for the Talbots clothing firm and a gardener, died of cancer Thursday at her Charlesbrooke home. She was 69.

For the last six years, she worked as a sales associate at Talbots on Falls Road.

She was noted for her garden in the Charlesbrooke development just north of the Baltimore City line. Before moving there in 1989, she lived in Roland Park, where her house was a stop in the 1983 Maryland Home and Garden Pilgrimage.

The former Peggy Hupfeldt was born in Baltimore and graduated from Roland Park Country School and Ogontz Junior College in Philadelphia.

A memorial Mass was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 1701 Regent Road in Mount Washington.

Mrs. Callahan is survived by her husband of 43 years, James A. Callahan; a daughter, Lynn C. Casey of Ruxton; two sons, James A. Callahan Jr. of Owings Mills and Brian K. Callahan of Fallston; a brother, William C. Hupfeldt of Chestertown; a sister, Nancy H. Sietz of Stewartstown, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the Grant A Wish Foundation, P.O. Box 21211, Baltimore, 21228.

Cornelia R. Bierer


Cornelia Rutledge Bierer, a homemaker and member of a family with ties in the Bel Air area for eight generations, died Wednesday of a heart attack at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. She was 79.

When her husband retired from the Navy in 1958, the couple returned to Rutledge Farm, an estate in her family for eight generations.

Mrs. Bierer had volunteered at St. Alban's Episcopal Anglican Parish. From 1980 to 1988, she was a docent at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton. An avid gardener, she was a member of the Country Garden Club of Harford County.

Born in Rutledge in Harford County, the former Cornelia Rutledge was tutored at home for her primary education. She was a 1932 graduate of Bel Air High School.

Mrs. Bierer became an occupational therapist after graduating from the Philadelphia School of Occupational Therapy in 1935. She worked at Bloomingdale Hospital in White Plains, N.Y., then at Children's Hospital in Baltimore before marrying James S. Bierer in 1939.

Her husband was a Navy captain, and his career took them to Hawaii, Long Beach, Calif., Newport, R.I., Washington and Charleston, S.C.

From 1942 to 1944, Mrs. Bierer was a director of the Navy Relief Society, an organization based in Washington that assisted dependents of servicemen abroad.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, James Roberts Bierer of Fallston and Neale Rutledge Bierer of Severna Park; and two sisters, Elizabeth Rutledge McDorman of Baltimore and Martha Rutledge Robbins of Fallston.

Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Alban's Episcopal Anglican Parish, 1011 Old Joppa Road.

The family suggested memorial donations to St. Alban's Episcopal Anglican Parish or to the Historic Annapolis Foundation, 194 Prince George St., Annapolis 21401.

Mary Beyer Cohen

Clothing store owner

Mary Beyer Cohen, who with her husband owned a downtown Baltimore clothing store for half a century, died of heart failure bTC March 14 at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center. She was 92.

Mrs. Cohen and her late husband, Nathan, opened the Exclusive Shop at 322 W. Baltimore St. in 1926 and operated it until 1976, when they retired.

Their clientele included many theatrical personalities who appeared at nearby theaters, said a son, Gil Cohen of Baltimore.

"One of their customers was a young singer with the Tommy Dorsey Band by the name of Frank Sinatra," Mr. Cohen said.

They also catered to the city's minority population, when black people were not welcome in downtown stores, he said.

Born in East Baltimore, Mrs. Cohen was educated in city schools and at the Strayer Business College. She was married to Nathan Joseph Cohen in 1924. He died in 1980.

In addition to her son, survivors include another son, Irwin Cohen of Baltimore; a sister, Shirley Fain of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 16. The family suggested donations to the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, 2434 W. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21215.

Mary White


Mary White, a West Baltimore homemaker and participant in several activities of her church, died of a heart attack Wednesday at Bon Secours Hospital. She was 80.

Mrs. White was a member of the Garrison Boulevard United Methodist Church for 45 years and was involved in the church's V. T. Keys nurses unit and its steward board outreach program.

She was a member of the Lena Lewis and Bethal Court No. 3, the Knights of Pythias.

Ms. White loved to play hostess, often inviting friends and neighbors to her home for meals.

Born Mary Pauls in Easton, she attended elementary and high school in Centreville, and moved to Baltimore when she was 18 year old. She was married in 1948 to David White, who died in 1988.

Services will be held at 7:45 tonight at her church, 2506 Garrison Blvd.

Survivors include a daughter, Elaine White Spencer of Baltimore; three sisters, Eleanor Bennette of Baltimore, LillieMae Johnson of Grasonville and Lina Pierce of Chester; two brothers, Thomas Pauls of Chester and Joseph Pauls of Philadelphia; and two granddaughters.

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