William E. Carter Sr.
Owned catering service
William E. Carter Sr., retired owner of Carter's Catering Service, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Meridian Nursing Center-Randallstown. He was 84.
Mr. Carter, who had lived in Northwest Baltimore for many years, retired in 1988 from the catering business he had operated for 40 years, but continued to do small jobs for longtime customers for about three years.
Before starting the catering business, he was a waiter at the Baltimore Country Club.
Born in Colonial Beach, Va., he was raised in Philadelphia and was a porter on the private car of the president of Pennsylvania Railroad. He met several U.S. presidents and other prominent people who used the car.
During World War II, he also worked in the sleeping cars that were provided for officers on troop trains.
His wife of 52 years, the former Peggy Gendell Reynolds, died in 1981.
A memorial service was set for 3:30 p.m. today at Sharon Baptist Church, Stricker and Presstman streets, Baltimore.
He is survived by four grandsons, Purgeon R. Carter Jr. of Randallstown and William E. Carter, Shawn Carter and Dax Carter, all of Baltimore; and two great-grandchildren.
Rev. J. D. Metzler
Brethren center founder
The Rev. John D. Metzler, who started the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor and was its first director, died Dec. 20 at a nursing home in the Portland, Ore., area after several strokes. He was 85.
He retired in 1964 from Church World Services, a Church of the Brethren group.
Mr. Metzler directed the center from its foundation in 1944 until 1946.
He also participated in other church programs, such as CROP, a post-World War II interdenominational collection of food for war-damaged areas. He had also done relief work in Europe for the World Council of Churches.
Born in Indiana, he had been a teacher, pastor of several congregations and a district executive for the Church of the Brethren in that state before he got involved in relief work.
He graduated from Manchester College in Indiana and did graduate work at Ohio State University, the University of Chicago and Bethany Seminary in Chicago. He held an honorary doctorate from Manchester.
His wife, the former Margaret B. Eldridge, died in 1983.
A memorial service was set for 10:30 a.m. today at the Church of the Brethren in Fruitland, Idaho.
He is survived by a daughter, Helen Dell Thompson of Modesto, Calif.; two sons, the Rev. John D. Metzler Jr. of Nappanee, Ind., and Robert E. Metzler of Portland; a foster daughter, Sabine Casten of River Forest, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Catherine H. McDonald, registrar at Loyola College for more than three decades, died Wednesday of heart failure at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 92.
She was born in Sykesville, one of five children of James and Mary Hammond McDonald, and was a 1920 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville.
She joined the Loyola College staff in the early 1930s and, according to a history of the Jesuit school, was the first woman to hold a full-time position at the then all-male institution.
"Her employment, unremarkable as it may seem now, came after earnest but unrecorded discussions among the Jesuits," wrote Nicholas Varga in his history of the college, "Baltimore's Loyola, Loyola's Baltimore," published by the Maryland Historical Society 1990.
Later, as the college's registrar, "she was a charming and resourceful presence who for over 30 years provided an important strand of administrative continuity," Mr. Varga observed.
"More than one student and teacher, and perhaps a dean or two, were saved from misfortune by her generous concern, knowledge and experience. Her retirement in 1966 evoked many affectionate testimonials."
After her retirement, Miss McDonald spent much of her time as a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center.
A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Charlestown's Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, after the reciting of the rosary at 9 a.m. and a viewing.
She is survived by a nephew, Francis J. McDonald of Philadelphia; four great-nieces; and four great-nephews.
Theodore R. Moran
Theodore R. Moran, a retired technician for Bendix Field Engineering Corp., died Jan. 8 at Mercy Medical Center after a heart attack. He was 65.
Mr. Moran, who lived on Heritage Hill Lane in Ellicott City, retired eight years ago from Bendix. While with Bendix, he had assignments in Bermuda, the Philippines and Hawaii.
After he retired, he worked for a short time in Saudi Arabia for Science Applications International Corp.
The New York native attended New York University and earned a business degree with honors from the University of Maryland.
He was a member of Eppos, a Columbia social group, and the old Sphinx Club in Baltimore. He was vice president of the Baltimore Chapter of In-Roads, a group that promotes hiring of blacks.
A memorial service was planned for 11 a.m. today at Nutter Funeral Home, 2601 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife, the former Fannie "Wookie" Carter; a daughter, Dolores Raglin of Columbus, Ohio; a son, Theodore R. Moran III of New York; and a brother, Melvin Moran of Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Leila N. Kean
Leila N. Kean, a retired seamstress who was active in church and women's groups, died Wednesday at Meridian Nursing Center-Heritage in Dundalk after a series of heart attacks. She was 75.
She retired about 10 years ago. She sewed dresses at her Essex home from patterns or designs furnished by customers.
The former Leila N. Fogle was a native of Piedmont, W.Va., and was raised there and in Keyser, W.Va., where she graduated from high school.
A resident of the Baltimore area since the early 1940s, she had been a lay speaker at Back River United Methodist Church and president of a women's group at Orems United Methodist Church.
She was also treasurer and a former president of the Woman's Club of Middle River, and volunteered at Franklin Square Hospital for nine years.
Her husband, Kurven K. Kean Sr., a retired painter, died nearly a year ago.
Mrs. Kean is survived by two sons, Kurven K. Kean Jr. of Pasadena and Robert C. Kean Sr. of Abingdon; three daughters, Katherine M. McGainey and Deborah A. Koppenhaver, both of Baltimore, and Patricia A. Brown of Jessup; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services were held yesterday.
Rev. Dennis Jaworek
The Rev. Dennis Jaworek, O.F.M. Conventual, who taught religion at Archbishop Curley High School, died Jan. 9 of cancer at a hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. He was 41.
He taught at the Baltimore high school in 1975 and 1976 and again from 1980 to 1984. He returned in 1985 and taught through last school year.
During the 1984-1985 school year, he was associate pastor of St. Joseph Church in Mount Carmel, Pa.
Born in Erie, Pa., he was raised in the Buffalo area and graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, N.Y. He then entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, Conventual, in Ellicott City.
He took his first vows in 1971, then studied at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Mass. After his first Baltimore teaching assignment, he attended St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary, where he studied theology. He was ordained in 1980.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Kenmore, N.Y. Arrangements for a memorial Mass at Archbishop Curley are incomplete.
He is survived by his parents, Chester and Anna Jaworek; two sisters, Gloria Karr and Jane Mosser; and a brother, David Jaworek. All are of the Buffalo area.
Memorial donations may be made to the Archbishop Curley High School Memorial Fund or to the Franciscan Education Burse, 66 School St., Granby, Mass., 01033.
Luther H. Hoffman
Salvation Army major
Maj. Luther H. Hoffman, a Baltimore native who headed the Huntington, W.Va., Corps of the Salvation Army, died Jan. 9 at a hospital there after a heart attack.
He was 61 and had worked in Huntington for about two years. He was a member of the Rotary Club there.
During previous assignments in Maryland, the 35-year Salvation Army veteran headed the Hampden Corps in North Baltimore for a year and the Cumberland Corps for five years. He served in the Patterson Park Corps and the South Baltimore Corps, and also had assignments in Virginia, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
During an assignment about 15 years ago in Clarksburg, W.Va., he also served as a prison chaplain.
The Baltimore native attended public schools before entering the Salvation Army training school in Atlanta.
He is survived by his wife, the former DeRue Lewis; a son, Luther Howard Hoffman Jr. of Cambridge; a daughter, Mary Louise Hoffman of Huntington; his mother, Marge Lumsden of Essex; a sister, Gerri Meyers of Essex; and four grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday.
Richard La Brocco
Richard G. La Brocco, a bomb technician in the state fire marshal's office, died Jan. 6 of heart failure at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. He was 62.
He had lived in Columbia since 1971 and had worked for the state agency since 1973. Earlier, he worked briefly for Baltimore City government.
He retired in 1971 as a master sergeant in the Army, where he was an explosive ordnance disposal technician. He had served in Vietnam and in Germany.
Before joining the Army in 1948, Mr. La Brocco, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., was a merchant seaman for a short time.
He was a member of the National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association and the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. He worked with local fire departments and taught courses on bombs for state troopers, airport officials and others.
Mr. La Brocco is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Irmgard Greubel; a daughter, Audrey Mihalcin of Columbia; two brothers, Vincent La Bracco of Staten Island and Joseph La Bracco of Englewood, Fla.; a sister, Audrey Ferdirka of Staten Island; and two grandchildren.
Services were held Wednesday.
Mary R. Prudhomme
Lived in Arbutus
Mary Rose Prudhomme, a former Arbutus resident, died Wednesday of cancer at the home of a daughter in Wescosville, Pa. She was 71.
She moved to Wescosville in September.
The former Mary Rose Capogreco was born in the Pittsburgh area and moved to the Baltimore area as a young woman. She worked in the office of Revere Copper & Brass Co. and was a sales clerk at women's stores on Charles Street.
In 1947, she married Gerard Prudhomme, who died 15 years ago.
She is survived by two daughters, Elissa Falk of Parkville and Betty Quinn of Wescosville; a son, Gerard Prudhomme of Ellicott City; three brothers, James, Rocco and Samuel Capogreco, and a sister, Theresa Lawson, all of the Pittsburgh area; and five grandchildren.
Graveside services were planned for 11 a.m. today at Loudon Park Cemetery, 3801 Frederick Ave.
Andrew L. Huber
Andrew L. Huber, a retired purchasing agent for Armco Steel Co. in Baltimore, died Jan. 7 of leukemia and heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.
He was 75 and lived in Hampstead but was staying with a daughter in Arnold at the time of his death. He retired in 1963 after 30 years of service with Armco.
A native of Baltimore and a graduate of St. Paul's Commercial School, he lived in Parkville and Lutherville before moving to Hampstead 20 years ago.
A memorial service was set for 2 p.m. today at Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road, Severna Park.
He is survived by his wife, the former Dorys Makinson; two daughters, Andrea Ashburn of Arnold and Mary Kesling of Westminster; a stepson, Robert Huber of Baltimore; three sisters, Burnedette Bedford of Towson and Rose Huber and Lil Schleigh, both of Baltimore; a brother, Charles Huber of Baltimore; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Dimitri C. Seletzky
Dimitri C. Seletzky, a former resident of Severna Park and a retired mechanical engineer for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., died Monday of a stroke at a hospital in Cherryfield, Maine. He was 82.
He had been staying at the home of a son in Cherryfield since August.
He retired about 20 years ago after 39 years with the utility.
The Baltimore native was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and Johns Hopkins University.
He lived in Severna Park from 1959 until 1992 and was a member of St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church there.
His wife, the former N. Elizabeth Preece, died in 1989.
Services were planned for 11 a.m. today at Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road, Severna Park.
Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte S. Sanders of Doylestown, Pa.; two sons, Richard D. Seletzky of Manchester and Lee D. Seletzky of Cherryfield; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
James T. Craft Jr.
James T. Craft Jr., a retired automobile salesman, died Jan. 9 of a stroke at North Arundel Hospital. He was was 77.
He sold cars for 20 years for Brooklyn Motors, a Ford dealership, and retired in 1971.
Born and reared in Princeton, W. Va., he attended schools there. During World War II, he was a Navy quartermaster aboard an LST and participated in the New Guinea and Philippines campaigns.
The longtime Glen Burnie resident was a member of Harundale Presbyterian Church and of the USS LST No. 582 organization.
Mr. Craft is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Hope Witt; a son, Irvin Craft of Roanoke, Va.; two daughters, Jane L. Boris of Shamokin, Pa., and Carla A. Rothacker of Landisville, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 East Way, Glen Burnie 21060.
Services were held Thursday.
Reginald Bailey Jr.
Artist, clothing designer
Reginald G. Bailey Jr., an artist who also designed clothes, died Jan. 8 at Francis Scott Key Medical Center after a heart attack. He was 35.
The Madison Avenue resident had worked in an accounting office at Johns Hopkins University for about two years. Earlier he had been a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service, worked in the mail room of the state's employment and training division and designed clothes for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers.
Last month, he received a citation from the governor for his contributions through art to the Baltimore and Cambridge communities.
Born in Cambridge, he was a 1976 graduate of Cambridge High School. He earned an associate in arts degree at what now is Baltimore City Community College.
Services were set for 1 p.m. today at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cambridge.
He is survived by his mother, Gloria Bailey of Cambridge; a brother, Harlan Bailey, and a sister, Tanya Bailey, both of Baltimore; two foster brothers, Jonathon Johnson of Cambridge and Curtis James Jr. of Baltimore; and his grandmother, the Rev. Blanche E. Bailey of Cambridge.