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Bess C. Kaplan

Had jewelry business

Bess Cohen Kaplan, a former owner of a Howard Street jewelry business, died of lung cancer Saturday at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 86.

A native of Baltimore, she was a 1925 graduate of Western High School and won an award as the city's best high school typist.

She and her brother, Morris Cohen, took over the family's wholesale jewelry business, the Baltimore Jewelry Co., after the murder of their father during a robbery there in 1924.

She was the head of sales and chief buyer for the company until it was sold in 1992 after her brother died.

She was married for 53 years to Carl Kaplan, a pharmacist who died in 1984.

A member of Beth Tfiloh Synagogue, Mrs. Kaplan spent her later years devoting time to her family and community.

Services were to be be held at 4 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

She is survived by two physician sons, Dr. Louis Kaplan of Brookline, Mass., and Dr. Howard S. Kaplan of Philadelphia; two sisters, Edith Levine and Sylvia Lasansky both of Baltimore; and a first cousin who was reared with them, Edith Doranfeld of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Joseph T. Schell

Owned trucking firm

Joseph T. Schell, 87, a retired truck driver and former Dundalk resident, died Thursday in a hospital in Leesburg, Fla., of a pulmonary blood clot.

Mr. Schell, who was born and reared in Baltimore, retired in 1973 from a family owned trucking business, the Schell Transfer Trucking Co., and moved to Florida where he enjoyed his favorite sport of fishing.

He is survived by his wife, the former Frances Langley; two daughters, Frances Baker of Dundalk and Dolly Shepherd of Chincoteague, Va.; two sons, Valentine Schell of Glen Burnie and Alfred Schell of Winter Park, Fla.; 9 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services were private.

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