Frederick W. Niemeyer, a retired insurance company executive, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications from a fall on ice. He was 85.
Mr. Niemeyer began working for Monumental Life Insurance as a sales agent in Pittsburgh, where he had grown up. During World War II, he served in the Army and trained infantry soldiers. After his discharge as a staff sergeant, he rejoined the insurance company. He transferred to Baltimore in 1954.
For many years, he was a well-known Santa Claus to neighborhood children in the Bridlewood community of Baltimore County.
"Those children are all grown now, but they still would say, 'Hi, Santa,' whenever they saw him," said his daughter, Judith A. Stout. "He bought a suit, started playing for his grandsons and then the neighbors."
After his retirement, he became active in the American Association of Retired Persons and the Baltimore County Commission on Physical Fitness.
He volunteered as a defensive driving instructor and as a hugger for the Special Olympics. For 24 years, he was leader of the Ridgely Walking Class and frequently led walkers in the Senior Olympics.
A member of Ascension Lutheran Church since he moved to Baltimore, he served as an usher and a visitor to the sick. He often made eight calls weekly to ill members of the congregation, Mrs. Stout said.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. today at the church, 7601 York Road.
In addition to Mrs. Stout, survivors include Catherine Niemeyer, his wife of 61 years; a brother, Bart Niemeyer; and two grandsons.
Evelyn P. Hatfield
Evelyn Pauline Hatfield, a homemaker who lived for many years in Brooklyn Park, died of cancer Thursday at her home. She was 73.
She was active in the women's society of the Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church. She recently wrote a composition detailing her life, which she titled "Obituary of Evelyn Pauline Hatfield," to be sure her family had the correct information after her death.
Mrs. Hatfield was born Feb. 10, 1921, in Morgantown, W.Va., the daughter of the Rev. Lloyd and Margaret Casteel Myers.
She attended local schools and was a graduate of the Huntington School of Business in Huntington, W.Va.
During World War II, she worked in Washington as a clerk typist, audit clerk and payroll clerk in the departments of war and of the Navy. She also was employed as an accounts and payroll clerk for a drug company in San Francisco.
Services for Mrs. Hatfield are to be held at 12:15 p.m. today at the George J. Gonce Funeral Home, 4001 Ritchie Highway, Brooklyn Park.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Hubert P. Hatfield, of Brooklyn Park; a son, the Rev. Ronald Paul Hatfield, of Elizabeth, W.Va.; a sister, Dorothy Roberta Massey of Aberdeen; a brother, Lloyd Myers Jr., of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A son, Carl Elvon Hatfield, died in 1951.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108.
Beulah I. Downie
Avid golfer, volunteer
Beulah I. "Kiddie" Downie, a chief petty officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve during World War II, died Thursday of stroke complications at Pickersgill, a retirement home in Towson. She was 95.
Born in Harrisburg, Pa., the former Beulah I. Starry graduated from Harrisburg High School and received a degree in physical education from Boston College. She taught briefly at the YWCA in Birmingham, Ala.
During World War II, Mrs. Downie received a commendation from President Harry S. Truman for volunteer work in the U.S. Office of Price Administration, which controlled rationing.
She and her husband, the late Calder C. Downie, were married for 55 years. They were longtime residents of Ruxton.
An avid golfer, Mrs. Downie was a member of the Maryland Country Club and the Baltimore Country Club. She also was a volunteer for numerous community activities.
Funeral services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at the Dulaney Valley Home of Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld Inc. Interment will be at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.
Mrs. Downie is survived by a brother, Theodore R. Starry of Lake Park, Fla., and six nieces and nephews.
Constance W. Rice
Constance W. "Connie" Rice, a homemaker, died Friday of a heart attack at Sinai Hospital. She was 73.
The former Constance Wells grew up in Pikesville and attended Mount St. Agnes High School. She married Joseph A. Rice, a career Army officer.
"We lived in cities all over the world," said Joseph D. Rice, her son.
After Colonel Rice's retirement in 1962, the couple returned to Pikesville. They were married 46 years. Colonel Rice died in 1987.
"My mother liked sketching and reading," said Mr. Rice. "Most of all, she liked to dote on her nine grandchildren."
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Pikesville.
Mrs. Rice is also survived by two other sons, Walter W. Rice of Annapolis and Thomas A. Rice of Pikesville; two daughters, Pamela R. Maranto of Finksburg and Roberta R. Busky of Baltimore; a sister, Christine Snyder of Towson; and two brothers, James Wells of Annapolis and William D. Wells of Port Charlotte, Fla.
Owned produce company
Jesse Gore, who for 50 years worked in the wholesale produce business, died Wednesday of heart disease at his Rodgers Forge home. He was 82.
As a young man, he started working with Zimmerman Bros. at the produce terminal in Baltimore. He and his brother later owned the business, which they renamed Gore Fruit Co. and operated at the Maryland Wholesale Produce Market in Jessup.
His wife, the former Ruth King, joined the business in 1970 and served as treasurer until the couple sold the company and retired in 1981.
A graduate of Forest Park High School, Mr. Gore lived most of his life in Rodgers Forge.
He joined the YMCA nearly 75 years ago. Until his illness, he remained an active member and won several swimming trophies at the Towson branch.
"His greatest joy since his retirement was the YMCA," said Mrs. Gore. "He was there every afternoon. He had to give up more vigorous sports but he never gave up swimming until two months ago."
The couple, who had been married 57 years, enjoyed traveling. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in Hawaii and had recently taken a cruise to Bermuda.
Mr. Gore was a longtime member of Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, where services were held yesterday.
Other survivors are a daughter, Karen Kyle of Sykesville; two sons, Richard F. Gore of Kent Island and King W. Gore of Atlanta; a sister, Lillian Mallard of Sarasota, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Did domestic work
Ruth Gillett, who did domestic work in Baltimore for many years, died Feb. 24 of cancer at the Harbour Inn Convalescent Center.
Mrs. Gillett, who was 83 and lived in the 11 West Twenty Apartments, was fond of cooking and crocheting.
She sang for many years as a soprano in the Gospel Chorus of the Fulton Baptist Church. She was also a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The former Ruth White was a native of Calvert County. Her husband, William Gillett, died in 1978.
Services for Mrs. Gillett were held Saturday at the Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave.
She is survived by a son, Melvin White; a daughter, Margaret White; a sister, Sarah Gross; and two grandchildren.