Gwendolyn JonesBaltimore nativeGwendolyn Jones, 38, a native...


Gwendolyn Jones

Baltimore native

Gwendolyn Jones, 38, a native of Baltimore who was a manager for an oil company, died Monday of cancer at her home in Springfield, Mass.

Miss Jones was a terminal manager for the Mobil Oil Corp. in Springfield. She had begun working for Mobil in 1977 in Albany, N.Y. She had been in the Massachusetts community since 1987.

She was a 1972 graduate of Forest Park High School and a 1976 graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Services were set for 7 p.m. today at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave., Baltimore.

She is survived by her mother, Beatrice Jones of Baltimore; two brothers, Clarence Hatcher of Burlington, N.J., and Daryl Jones of Atlanta; a sister, Deborah Young of Baltimore; a niece and three nephews.

Leon Cooper

Maintenance engineer

Leon Cooper, a retired maintenance engineer at the Mount Clare Shops of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, died Tuesday of cancer at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The 75-year-old Southwest Baltimore resident retired 12 years ago as head of a welding crew that repaired and updated BTC locomotives and cars at the shops where he worked for 25 years. Born in Baltimore and reared in Lansdowne, he was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended the then-Baltimore Junior College.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, first as a medical corpsman and later as an infantryman. Shot through the neck in Italy and wounded in the legs by machine gun fire in Austria, he was awarded several decorations, including two Purple Hearts.

He helped establish the Drum and Bugle Corps of American Legion Post 137 in Morrell Park.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at McCully Funeral Home, 237 E. Patapsco Ave., Brooklyn.

He is survived by three sons, Michael L. Cooper of Dundalk, Robert C. Cooper of Catonsville and Gary Cooper of Linthicum; a daughter, Alvina Hiatt of Severna Park; a longtime companion, Rose Tanberg; and seven grandchildren.

John J. Iorio

Photographic specialist

John J. Iorio, a retired Pentagon photographic specialist, died Sunday of cardiac arrest at North Arundel Hospital.

The 63-year-old Marley Park resident retired in 1989 after 35 years at the Pentagon, where he worked on classified projects as a quality control laboratory expert.

Born and reared in Brooklyn, N.Y., he attended city schools and was a 1947 graduate of Lincoln High School. He attended Brooklyn College before joining the Army in 1950. He served as a photographer at Fort Meade and was discharged as a private first class in 1953.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie, where he was a communicant for many years. Interment will be in Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

He is survived by his wife, the former Anna Marie D'Angelo of Brooklyn, whom he married in 1954; three sons, John J. Iorio Jr. of Pasadena, Vincent S. Iorio of Fredericksburg, Va., and Anthony C. Iorio of Glen Burnie; a brother, Joseph C. Iorio of Bayport, N.Y.; and his mother-in-law, Lucy D'Angelo of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Nathaniel Rice

Crane operator

Nathaniel Rice, a retired crane operator for the American Smelting and Refining Co., died Sunday, his 76th birthday, of heart failure at the Maryland General Hospital.

The Baltimore resident retired in 1975 after 25 years of service. Earlier, he worked at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. mills at Sparrows Point.

Born in Jonesville, S.C., Mr. Rice came to Baltimore in 1939.

A member of the Calloway-Garrison Improvement Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, he served on the trustee board of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church, where he was also treasurer of the St. Paul Club.

Services were set for 10:30 a.m. today at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 2201 Garrison Blvd., Baltimore.

Mr. Rice is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Effie Farr; two daughters, Eulastine Brown and Angela Cheatham; two sons, Nathaniel Donald Rice and Howard Lester Rice, all of Baltimore; a brother, J. D. Rice of Pacolet, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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