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Marvis M. CoxtonConcrete workerMarvis M. Coxton, an...


Marvis M. Coxton

Concrete worker

Marvis M. Coxton, an employee of the Baltimore Concrete Co., collapsed at work and died Monday of undetermined causes. The 39-year-old Baltimore resident was employed by the burial vault manufacturer since 1989.

Known as "Crow" or "Marvelous Marv," he attended public schools and then worked for many years with his father, who was a painting contractor.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynn Falls Parkway, Baltimore. Interment will be in King Memorial Park, 8710 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn. The family will receive friends after the interment at 2928 Borman Ave. and 3316 Menlo Drive in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nannie Tanner, whom he married in 1987; two sons, Daniel Coxton and Quentin Coxton of Baltimore; a brother, Gerald D. Williams Jr. of Baltimore; a sister, Lavinia Daniel of Baltimore; his father, Lawrence Coxton of Baltimore; his mother, Betty Williams of Baltimore; and William Green, a special friend.

Ethel M. Litz, a Highlandtown homemaker, died Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital after a heart attack. She was 79.

She grew up on Fairmount Avenue in East Baltimore and attended public schools. She worked for several years as a housekeeper until she married Baltimore police Officer Joseph J. Litz Sr. in 1933.

Mr. Litz, a ballistics expert who retired from the Police Department in the 1950s, owned and operated Litz Catering until his death in 1978.

"Dad was the cook in the family and made wonderful sauerbraten, which mom loved to eat," their son, Joseph Litz Jr. of Towson, said.

"She loved children and raised nine kids. However, she still found time to paint in oils and watercolors, mainly landscapes and street scenes, and was really quite an accomplished artist," he said.

Mrs. Litz was an organist and a record collector.

Services were set for 1:30 p.m. today at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road, Overlea.

She is also survived by four daughters, Karen D. Hay of Glen Arm, Madeline Litz of Towson, Betty Jane of Baltimore and Doris Gellock of Florida; and a sister, Bessie Eiermann of Baltimore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Virginia I. Kirby


Virginia I. Kirby, a retired teacher at the Hebbville Elementary School, died Friday of kidney failure at St. Agnes Hospital.

The 88-year-old Halethorpe resident retired in 1973 after teaching for 31 years at Hebbville and Baltimore Highlands, Halethorpe Relay and Maiden Choice elementaries.

Born in Halethorpe when it was a rural community, the former Virginia Itzel was a 1925 graduate of Western High and a 1927 graduate of what is now Towson State University. She returned to Towson to earn her bachelor's degree in 1960.

At Halethorpe United Methodist Church, she was Sunday school superintendent, sang as a soprano in the choir and belonged to the Epworth League, the United Methodist Women and the Fidelis Class.

Her reputation as a baker was such that cakes she made for

church school or other sales in the community were sold as the sales opened.

Services were conducted Monday at the Hubbard Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, George E. Kirby; two daughters, Mina V. Kirby of Altadena, Calif., and Carol E. Gange of Halethorpe; a son, Mark E. Kirby of Randallstown; a brother, William Itzel of Halethorpe; and seven grandchildren.

Hazel Beatrice Sanner, who was active in her Odenton community and was a delegate to the 1980 Democratic Convention, died Monday at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mrs. Sanner, who was 73, was president of the Odenton Elementary School PTA, membership chairwoman of the Arundel High School PTA, a volunteer dental assistant at the Odenton Health Center in the 1970s, and a trustee of Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church.

She was also district chairwoman for the Community Chest, a volunteer for 20 years at the Odenton Volunteer Firemen's Carnival and served on the boards of the Anne Arundel County Library Association and the Glen Burnie YMCA. She had been president and vice president of the Odenton Improvement Association and sat on its board.

In 1977, the improvement association made her the first woman honored as Citizen of the Year of the Greater Odenton Area.

In politics, she worked in many campaigns for Democratic candidates and was committed to the nomination of President Jimmy Carter at the 1980 convention.

She was a senior life master and a a life member of the American Contract Bridge League.

The former Hazel Beatrice Sanner was a native of Odenton and a graduate of Arundel High School. She also attended the University of Maryland at College Park.

Her husband of 54 years, Robert J. Sanner Sr., is a retired chief warrant officer who played the trumpet and was a concert band leader with the Army Field Band at Fort Meade.

Services were set for noon today at the Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church in Odenton.

Mrs. Sanner is also survived by a son, Robert J. Sanner II of Hanover; a daughter, Jeanne Marie Sanner of Orange, Calif.; her mother, Myrtle Hoffman of Gambrills; a brother, Jack Aftung of Severn; and two grandsons.

Merton S. Bartell, a former gas station owner who made and collected toys, died Monday of cancer at his home in Glen Burnie. He was 69.

Known as Bart, he retired in 1971 after about five years as an inspector at the Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Earlier, he had operated a Cities Service service station in Glen Burnie since shortly after he moved to the area in the early 1950s.

Born and reared in Minneapolis, he served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and held several industrial jobs before moving to Glen Burnie.

He was a woodcarver who specialized in Santa Claus and other figures. He also cast and painted metal figures of people and animals and was a collector of antique toys.

Services were set for 2:30 p.m. today in the Chapel of the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, 1080 Sunrise Beach Road.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Dayton Vanderburg; a son, Van F. Bartell of Oakwood, Ga.; two daughters, Cheryl B. Youngman of Millersville and Pamela B. Raeke of Glen Burnie; two sisters, Gladys Quilling and Virginia Learn, both of Minneapolis; and four grandchildren.

Margaret F. Garvey

Former Baltimorean

Margaret F. Garvey, 97, a housewife and former Baltimorean, died Thursday at the Charles County Nursing Home in La Plata.

She was a resident of the nursing home since 1986, when she moved to La Plata to be near her son. Before moving to Southern Maryland, she maintained homes for several years in Lutherville and Towson.

The Baltimore native was reared and received her education in Eddington, Pa., where her father worked as a construction engineer. She married William E. Garvey Sr., a World War I Navy veteran, in 1918.

The couple made their home for many years on Wildwood Parkway in West Baltimore. Mr. Garvey, president of the William C. Robinson Oil Co., died in 1965. She was a member for many years of the Bon Secours Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her son, William E. Garvey Jr. of La Plata; her daughter, Marion E. Garvey of Annapolis; 19 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in La Plata. Interment was in the Baltimore National Cemetery.

The family said contributions may be made to Charles County Children's Aid Society, 3000 Huntington Circle, Waldorf 20602.

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