Founder of company
Claribel Alice Anderson, who founded a company that made metal nameplates, died of a heart attack Monday at the Bel Forest Nursing Center in Forest Hill. She was 80.
Born in Chicago, the former Claribel Alice Walker moved to Maryland in 1941, shortly after her marriage to Richard A. Anderson. Mr. Anderson died in 1966.
In 1946, Mrs. Anderson established the Maryland Etching Co., which did work under contract for Westinghouse Electric Corp., Bendix Corp., the RCA Corp., Black & Decker and Martin Marietta Corp.
She was a director of the former Timonium Federal Savings & Loan Association, now part of the Vermont Federal Savings Bank.
Mrs. Anderson played the organ for the Providence United Methodist Church in Towson.
Private graveside services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum in Timonium.
Her survivors include a daughter, Norma A. McCarthy of Joppatowne; a brother, Raymond Walker of Downieville, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
Mary E. Quesenberry, a retired insurance adjuster, died Dec. 5 of cancer at her home in St. Petersburg, Fla. She was 69.
The longtime Baltimore resident was an insurance adjuster for more than 20 years in the truck division of the Avis Rent-A-Car Co.
During World War II, she worked as a riveter for the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.
She moved to St. Petersburg eight years ago after the death of her husband, James R. Quesenberry, whom she married in 1942.
The former Mary E. Wage was born in Chincoteague, Va., and lived in nearby Greenbackville before moving to Baltimore a few years before the start of World War II.
A memorial service was held Monday in the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery chapel.
She is survived by three sisters, Agnes Wolf of Stockton, Ida Ponton of Floral City, Fla., and Blanche Hitchens of Ocean View, Del.; a brother, James Wage of Hendersonville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Samuel Paul Byrd
World War II veteran
Samuel Paul Byrd, a World War II veteran and retired construction superintendent, died Tuesday of lung cancer at his Annapolis home. He was 68.
Mr. Byrd was born and reared in Polk County, Tenn., where he attended school and enlisted in the Navy in 1941. He served on the submarine Hammerhead during World War II.
After four years in the Navy, Mr. Byrd met Myrtle C. Kepper in Baltimore and married her in 1947. The couple settled in Glen Burnie in 1952, later moving to Ellicott City. She died in 1992.
Mr. Byrd worked for the FMC Corp. as a construction superintendent for 15 years. He retired from his job and moved to Annapolis in 1988.
He was a member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II and American Legion Post 175.
Services will be held at noon tomorrow in the Singleton Funeral Home Chapel at 1 Second Ave., Glen Burnie.
Mr. Byrd is survived by a daughter, Sandra P. Clark of Ellicott City; a sister, Bobbie Autrey of North Carolina; and two grandchildren.
Ngozi Andaiya Saji
Poet and artist
Ngozi Andaiya Saji, a poet and artist, died Christmas Day of lung cancer at the Silver Spring home of her father, Benjamin Saji. She was 32.
Ms. Saji, also known as Deborah H. Sheffield, was born in Minneapolis. Her family moved to New Haven, Conn., when she was 4 years old and to Silver Spring when she was 14.
She attended Morgan State University and received a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., where she became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority.
She moved to Baltimore in 1984 and worked for CitiCorp Credit Services Inc. and the Maryland Science Center. She moved to Silver Spring earlier this year to work on a book of poetry.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Colesville United Methodist Church in Silver Spring.
Other survivors include her mother, Patricia Leonard Sheffield of Baton Rouge; three brothers, Peter Ray Saji of Silver Spring and Roscoe Sheffield and Joel B. Sheffield, both of New Haven; and four sisters, Ayana Saji Heidar of Washington, D.C., Fulani Nia Saji of Silver Spring, and Keren Elizabeth Sheffield and Miriam Patricia Sheffield, both of New Haven.
Former bar manager
Gerard Henry Breighner, a bartender and former tavern manager, died Dec. 13. His body was found in woods off Benfield Road in Severna Park. He was 43.
In the 1970s, Mr. Breighner managed Monaghan's Pub on Gwynn Oak Avenue in the Woodlawn section of Baltimore County. He also worked as a bartender at Jerry's Belvedere Tavern on York Road in Baltimore. Most recently, he was a manager-trainee at Roy Rogers in Severna Park, where he had been living for the past year. Before then, he lived in Towson.
A native of Baltimore, he attended St. James the Less parochial school and was a 1968 graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.
Services were set for 3 p.m. today at Barranco and Sons funeral home.
He is survived by his wife, the former Moira Catherine Murphy of Glen Burnie; a daughter, Nicola Marie Breighner of Glen Burnie; his father, Henry Breighner of Baltimore; and a sister, Regina Myers of Baltimore.