Juanita BarnesBuilding managerServices for Juanita Barnes, a...

Juanita Barnes

Building manager


Services for Juanita Barnes, a veteran Baltimore school building manager killed in a flash fire Sunday at Westport Elementary School, are to be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Faith Baptist Church, at Bond Street and Ashland Avenue.

Mrs. Barnes, 52, was one of three workers who died as a result of the fire, which started when a solvent being used to strip a gymnasium floor burst into flames.


Born in Estill, Miss., the former Juanita Ivory moved to Baltimore with her family as a young child.

She was married in 1956 to James Barnes Jr., owner of a construction business, who died in 1978. As a widow, she reared six children, held a job and earned a college degree.

Mrs. Barnes went to work for the city in 1969 as a school custodian. In 1986, she was promoted to building operations area supervisor.

Over the years, she expanded her education and skills, earned her high school equivalency in 1969 and received an associate in arts degree from the Community College of Baltimore in building engineering.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Barnes was an education building manager, a job to which she was appointed in 1989. She was a member of the City Union of Baltimore.

She was a member of Faith Baptist Church and its Sick Committee and Flower Circle. The family suggested memorial donations to the church.

Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Gray and Michelle L. Barnes, both of Baltimore; three of her four sons, Joseph Barnes, Douglas Barnes and James F. Barnes, all of Baltimore; three sisters, Marguerite Washington of Saginaw, Mich., and Ada L. Ivory and Beatrice Summers, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Andy Ivory and Arthur Ivory, both of Baltimore; a close cousin, Sue Thomas, also of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. F. C. van Reuth, a retired supervisor at the Western Electric Co. and a longtime ham radio operator, died Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital after a stroke. He was 95.

Mr. van Reuth, who lived on Echodale Avenue in Hamilton, retired about 30 years ago from the telephone equipment manufacturing company where he began working in the 1930s. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.


Before and during World War I, he was a radio operator aboard merchant ships. After the war, he worked as a radio operator in Puerto Rico.

He continued his interest in radio as a ham operator with the call letters W3CBP. He was a member for 50 years of the American Radio Relay League and was cited in 1990 for having been active for 75 years in the Quarter Century Wireless Association.

A descendant of Edward Felix van Reuth, a painter, Floris Charles van Reuth was born in Baltimore, where his family owned property in the Hamilton area for many years.

Educated at the Garrett Heights Elementary School, he went to sea at the age of 16.

He was a member of the Union Lodge of the Masons.

His wife, the former Muriel Booth, died in 1978.


A memorial service for Mr. van Reuth will be held at noon today at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 5801 Harford Road.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia van R. Gemmell of Towson and Margy van R. Goode of Timonium; a sister, Katherine Stoler of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; two brothers, Edward F. van Reuth of Baltimore and Arthur G. van Reuth of Ruxton; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Charles C. Schreiber, a retired firefighter of many years' service who had been chief of the Marley Volunteer Fire Department before joining the Anne Arundel County department, died Tuesday of cancer at the North Arundel Hospital. He was 85.

The Glen Burnie resident retired nearly 25 years ago as a full-time county firefighter. Earlier, he had been a longshoreman and served as a Marley volunteer firefighter for 27 years.

In addition to being the Marley volunteers' chief, he had been an ambulance driver for the organization.

He received several commendations and was named Fireman of the Year more than once during his long fire service in the county.

Known as Buck, the Baltimore native was educated at the Francis Scott Key Elementary School.


He was a member of the Marley United Methodist Church, the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Masons and the Arundel Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Crossword puzzles replaced camping and woodworking among his hobbies as he got older, but he remained interested in firefighting until his death, listening regularly to the Fire Department radio.

Services for Mr. Schreiber will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., S.W., in Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Hertha E. Schmidt, who is known as Ethel; a daughter, Alberta Pumphrey of Glen Burnie; a brother, Harry Schreiber, also of Glen Burnie; a sister, Amelia Kalle of Gretna, La.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Michael J. Volk


Government worker

Michael J. Volk, a retired National Security Agency employee and the operator of a wedding photography business, died Monday at the Anne Arundel Medical Center after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Volk, who was 61 and lived in Severna Park, was stricken at the Merritt Athletic Club in Annapolis after he had finished playing racquetball.

He retired in 1989 after 36 years with the NSA. For the last 25 years, he had operated Michael Volk Photographers, a wedding photography business.

Born in Adrian, Pa., and reared in West Mifflin, Pa., he served in the Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Severna Park Lodge of the Elks and of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Ritchie Highway and Cypress Creek Road in Severna Park, where a Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today.


He is survived by his wife of nearly 36 years, the former Ann Guilday; four daughters, Suzanne Dobyns of Herndon, Va., Ellen Patton of Lawrenceville, Ga., Lisa Laidy of Pasadena and Kathryn Clapp of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a son, Michael G. Volk of Perry Hall; two sisters, Helen Volk and Margaret Rusnica, both of West Mifflin; three brothers, Steven, Gary and Joseph Volk, all of West Mifflin; and six grandchildren.

Irene B. Diehl

Glen Burnie resident

Irene B. Diehl, a longtime resident of Glen Burnie, died Tuesday at the Harbor Hospital Center from complications of a stroke. She was 89.

Mrs. Diehl, the former Irene B. Hepler, was a native of Pitman, Pa., who moved to the Baltimore area more than half a century ago. She lived in Glen Burnie for 42 years.

In the 1960s and 1970s she worked part time as a sales clerk in several shops in the Glen Burnie area. She enjoyed reading, especially romance novels.


Her husband of 53 years, Russell C. Diehl, died in 1977.

Services for Mrs. Diehl were to be held at 1 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., S.W., Glen Burnie.

She is survived by three sons, Russell C. Diehl of Ocean City, Charles W. Diehl of Rosedale and Alvin M. Diehl of Pasadena; two daughters, Blanche Rattigan of Glen Burnie and Maribeth Raffa of Columbia; two brothers, Paul W. and William Hepler, both of Cressona, Pa.; four sisters, Helen Yergey of Reading, Pa., Martha Lord of Pottsville, Pa., and Phyllis Thompson and Mary Mertz, both of Cressona; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.