James A. OstendorfRetired lawyerJames A. Ostendorf, a...


James A. Ostendorf

Retired lawyer

James A. Ostendorf, a World War II veteran and lawyer who had been an assistant Maryland attorney general and on the staff of the Baltimore public defender before his retirement in 1985, died Thursday of complications from pneumonia at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 75.

Mr. Ostendorf lived on Marwood Road in Towson for 20 years before moving to the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville a year ago.

During the 1970s, Mr. Ostendorf worked for five years in the office of Maryland Attorney General Francis B. "Bill" Burch, specializing in real estate matters and heading its department of licensing and regulation.

He was in the city public defender's office at the time of his retirement.

Mr. Ostendorf practiced law privately for about 20 years in Baltimore, at first in the Fidelity Building downtown, where he shared office space with future governor William Donald Schaefer and future Baltimore Circuit Judge Mary Arabian.

He subsequently worked in the trust department of the Equitable Trust Co. for seven years.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Ostendorf graduated from Loyola High School in 1936 and received a bachelor of arts degree from Loyola College in 1941.

Mr. Ostendorf earned his law degree from Mount Vernon School of Law in 1952. He later taught law courses there and at Villa Julie College.

He was a past president of the St. Thomas More Society.

From 1942 to 1945, he served in the Army Corp of Engineers in Europe.

A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at the Charlestown Retirement Community, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

Mr. Ostendorf is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Beverly Sullivan; four daughters, Regina Sage of Columbia, Betsy Conlon of Catonsville, Nancy Ostendorf of St. Paul, Minn., and Kathleen Ford of Towson; three sons, James A. Ostendorf Jr. of St. Paul, Minn., Eugene G. Ostendorf of Towson and Emmett J. Ostendorf of Baltimore; two brothers, Harry J. Ostendorf of Lancaster, Pa., and Thomas R. Ostendorf of Timonium, and six grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to a charity of the donor's choice.

David H. Rosenberg

Jewelry store owner

David H. Rosenberg, a retired jewelry store owner who also was a painter and sculptor, died June 1 of kidney failure at Sinai Hospital.

The 91-year-old Mount Washington resident came to Baltimore in the 1920s and started David's Jewelers on Eutaw Street after working for other jewelers. The Philadelphia native was reared in Atlantic City, N.J., where he learned watchmaking in his brother-in-law's store.

After World War II, he became a partner with several former employees, who had returned from military service, in several Baltimore-area stores. He retired as a partner in the early 1980s, but continued to work part time at Tri-State Distributors.

Always interested in literature, music and art, he began studying art privately and at the Maryland Institute of Art in 1950 and continued his studies until the mid-1970s.

He began as a painter who specialized in floral still lifes, but also did Baltimore scenes such as the Block or rowhouses with white steps as well as landscapes and seascapes. Later, he began sculpting.

He had one-man shows at such places as the McDonogh School, Catholic Center, University of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University. His paintings have been exhibited at the Peale Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art and Baltimore theaters.

After retiring as a business owner, he did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels and at Sinai Hospital.

His wife, the former Rose Rosen, died in 1982.

He is survived by a daughter, Harriet Gold of Mount Washington; three sisters, Esther Zaccaro and Min Friedberg of Atlantic City and Bea Steiner of Cherry Hill, N.J.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services were private.

Edward C. Tunney

Baltimore plasterer

Edward C. Tunney, a retired Baltimore plasterer, died of heart failure June 6 at his home.

Mr. Tunney, 82, retired 18 years ago after two decades with city government. Earlier, he had worked for several contractors.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and the old Maryland Institute on Market Place. In World War II, he served in an Army unit of combat engineers in North Africa and Europe.

He is survived by a sister, Regina Tunney-McCulloch; a brother, Stephen R. Tunney; and many nieces and nephews. Services were private.

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