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W. Paul Moreland Sr.Stationary engineerW. Paul Moreland...


W. Paul Moreland Sr.

Stationary engineer

W. Paul Moreland Sr., a retired stationary engineer and a longtime resident of the Eastport section of Annapolis, died Saturday at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a stroke. He was 92.

He retired in 1962 after many years working in the power plant at the U.S. Naval Academy.

As a child, the Davidsonville native lived in Baltimore before his family moved in 1915 to Eastport, then a largely rural area across Spa Creek from Annapolis.

In his youth, he played semi-professional baseball for the Gambrills Athletic Club.

He was a life member of the Annapolis Lodge of the Masons and a member of Eastport United Methodist Church, 926 Bay Ridge Ave., where services were planned for 11 a.m. today.

His wife, the former Minnie Disney, died in 1982.

Survivors include two sons, W. Paul Moreland Jr. of Wilmington, N.C., and Henry Moreland of Davidsonville; three sisters, Lillian Williams and Mary Wheeler, both of Eastport, and Evelyn Spohn of Columbia; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Custer C. Smith

Retired machinist

Custer C. Smith, a retired machinist, died Monday at Harbor Hospital Center of a heart attack. He was 80 and had lived in Lake Shore for 30 years.

He retired from the Ray C. Watson Co. in 1992 after suffering a stroke.

Earlier he had worked for the Glenn L. Martin Co. and other Baltimore area firms.

Born and raised in Battle Creek, S.C., he worked in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in South Carolina and was a fire watcher for the state forest department before moving to Baltimore more than 50 years ago.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the McCully Funeral Home, Mountain and Tick Neck roads, Pasadena.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Christine Cobb; three daughters, Gail Boyle of Bel Air, and Rachel Adcock and Joyce Smith McRobie, both of Pasadena; two sisters, Roma Whitworth of Seneca, S.C., and Ruby Gideon of Westminster, S.C.; four grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Irene F. Ringenberg, who had lived in Bel Air since 1954 and was a volunteer for more than 35 years in the Post Thrift Shop at the Edgewood Arsenal, died Sunday of pneumonia at Fallston General Hospital.

Mrs. Ringenberg, who was 78, also sold Avon products in Bel Air and was a charter member of the Harford Towne Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The former Irene F. Fitzgerald was born in Port Angeles, Wash., reared in Seattle and attended the University of Washington.

She and her husband, Merl G. Ringenberg, retired associate director of engineering at Edgewood, had traveled extensively, visiting 29 countries. He died Dec. 18.

A memorial service was to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Howard K. McComas III Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road in Abingdon.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Ringenberg Bean of Tarboro, N.C.; a stepbrother, Byron J. Fitzgerald of California; and two grandchildren.

Joseph P. Marek Sr.

Bricklayer at mill

Joseph P. Marek Sr., who laid fire brick for steel companies for many years, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Rosedale. He was 61.

He retired in 1988 after working 37 years at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant. He then worked for five years for the Eastern Stainless Corp.

A native of East Baltimore, he attended St. Michael's School and Patterson Park High School.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation, 5212 McCormick Ave. in Rosedale.

Mr. Marek is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Patricia Greenfelder; a son, Joseph P. Marek Jr. of Laurel; a daughter, Eileen Wychgram of Carney; and two granddaughters.

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