Oliver R. BrechtRetailing executiveOliver R. Brecht, retired...


Oliver R. Brecht

Retailing executive

Oliver R. Brecht, retired vice president of Reliable Stores Inc., died Saturday of congestive heart failure at Keswick.

Mr. Brecht, who was 86 and lived at the Warrington Condominiums, retired 15 years ago as vice president and board member of Baltimore-based Reliable, which owns retail chains such as the local S&N; Katz Jewelers.

Born in Dallas, he was working for Shaw's, a jewelry chain there, when it became part of Reliable. He was transferred to Reliable's Baltimore headquarters in 1950 and soon became a vice president and board member. He also headed the jewelry division.

He was a former secretary and vice president of the Jewelers of America.

A member for more than 50 years of the Trinity Valley Lodge of the Masons in Dallas, he also belonged to the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

A memorial service for Mr. Brecht is to be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Beatrice Simms; a son, Oliver R. Brecht Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Linda Stevens of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Albert Brecht of Dallas; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. C. Luennis Robinson, former chief civil engineer for the Western Maryland Railway, died Saturday of cancer at a hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Mr. Robinson, who was 73, had lived in Martinsburg since he retired in 1983 from the Chessie System, now CSX Transportation, which absorbed the Western Maryland and its parent, the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.

He had served as assistant to the chief engineer for the merged rail carriers and as engineering manager in Baltimore and Richmond, Va., before his retirement. He had worked for the Western Maryland in Baltimore and in Hagerstown from 1947 until 1974.

Known as Robbie, he had been a member of the Hiss United Methodist Church while living in the Baltimore area.

Born in Parkersburg, W.Va., he attended Potomac State College before earning a civil engineering degree at West Virginia University. He also did graduate work in business at the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific.

Services for Mr. Robinson were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Busch Funeral Home in Elizabeth, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie Elodene McCoy; five sons Lou Robinson Jr. of Vancouver, Wash., Dave Robinson of Leander, Texas, Doug Robinson of Martinsburg and Mount Hood, Ore., Andrew Robinson of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Jim Robinson of Richmond; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Shirley Appler

Active in Woman's Club

Shirley Appler, who had been active in the Woman's Club of Catonsville, died Friday of cancer at her home in Columbia. She was 76.

The former Shirley Heller was a native of Baltimore and a 1934 graduate of Western High School.

Her husband, T. Vernon Appler, who was a partner in a firm of opticians, Clark-Appler Loeber, died in 1964.

Services for Mrs. Appler were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas V. Appler of Hampstead and Ronald H. Appler Sr. of Sykesville; and six grandchildren. Joseph P. Medairy, a retired construction inspector in the Baltimore office of the Army Corps of Engineers, died Saturday at the Dulaney-Towson Nursing and Convalescent Center after a stroke.

Mr. Medairy, who was 71 and lived on Regester Avenue, retired in 1956 after a massive heart attack. He had lived in Rodgers Forge for more than 40 years.

Born in Baltimore, where ancestors settled in 1763, he was a 1941 graduate of Baltimore City College, and also attended the University of Wisconsin and Loyola College.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Medairy was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road in Rodgers Forge.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Hernandez; three brothers, Bernard J. Medairy Jr. of Rodgers Forge, Mark C. Medairy of Timonium and Jerome S. Medairy of Ellicott City; a sister, Elizabeth M. Fahrman of Betterton; and several nieces and nephews.

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