Charles L. GibmeyerRetired BG&E; managerCharles Leroy Gibmeyer,...


Charles L. Gibmeyer

Retired BG&E; manager

Charles Leroy Gibmeyer, a retired manager for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., died Wednesday of pneumonia at the Charlestown Care Center in Catonsville. He was 82.

He went to work for BG&E; at the age of 14, working his way to general manager of the payroll department. He worked for BG&E; for 45 years, retiring in 1971.

Born and reared in Baltimore, he attended public schools and later took courses at Loyola College and other local colleges.

During World War II, he served for a short time in the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground before he received a medical discharge.

A memorial Mass was being offered today.

Mr. Gibmeyer is survived by several nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Charlestown Scholarship Fund, c/o Rosemary Eck, 701 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville 21228. Walter Mahr Platt, a retired optometrist, died yesterday of cancer at his home in Manchester.

Dr. Platt, who was 70, had owned Beltway Optical, on Belair Road near the Baltimore Beltway, for many years before he sold it in 1987. He had practices earlier in Essex.

He also had worked for Royal Optical at various area department stores before his final retirement about two years ago.

He was a life member of the American Optometric Association and a former president of the Maryland Optometric Association. He started the state association's journal, which won an award from the national organization in 1969.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of the University of Maryland, he earned a doctorate at the Illinois Institute of Optometry.

During World War II, he served in the Army Signal Corps and took part in the D-Day invasion in Normandy.

He was a former commodore of the Maryland Yacht Club.

His first wife, the former Paula Pelton, died in 1984.

Services for Dr. Platt were being conducted today.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rose Marie Fisher; a son, Steven Platt of Hollywood, St. Mary's County; two daughters, Michelle Greenbaum and Cindy Platt, both of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Robin Stech of Chesapeake, Va.; two stepsons, Stuart Fisher of Bel Air and James Fisher of Baltimore; a brother, Dr. J. J. Platt of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

Caroline Schlesinger

Hecht's saleswoman

Caroline Schlesinger, who retired at 77 as a better-dresses saleswoman at the Hecht Co. in Towson, died yesterday of kidney failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Towson.

The 80-year-old Stevenson resident earlier lived for many years in the Loch Raven Village Apartments.

The former Caroline Paparelli was a native of Hackensack, N.J., who met her husband, Edward Schlesinger, in a New Jersey uniform factory where they worked during World War II. Married in 1948, Mr. Schlesinger worked as a pharmacist in New York and then for the General Electric Co., which brought him to Baltimore. He left GE and, in 1955, started his own business in Rosedale. He died in 1976.

Mrs. Schlesinger began working at the Hecht Co. in Northwood in 1967 and was head of the fur department before closings caused her to switch to better dresses and then to the Towson store.

Survivors include a son, Edward Schlesinger of Stevenson; three sisters, Lena Cioti of Lincoln Park, N.J., Mary Pollard of Pequannock, N.J., and Virginia Nicolosi of Brick Township, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. Services were conducted Saturday.

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