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Joseph D. CedroneActor, contractorJoseph D. Cedrone, an...


Joseph D. Cedrone

Actor, contractor

Joseph D. Cedrone, an actor, contractor and former steel worker, died April 2 of a stroke at his Anneslie residence. He was 82.

He was a member of the Joventus Players, who performed at Ford's Theater, and the Vagabonds. In the latter group, he acted with Garry Moore, who became a radio and television personality, and Charles Marquis, who produced the "Gunsmoke" television series.

In 1938, he co-founded the Hilltop Summer Theater in Ellicott City.

After working briefly in New York's Cherry Lane Theater, he was inducted into the Army during World War II. He graduated from Officers Training School as a second lieutenant. After duty in the infantry, he was an instructor in camouflage for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Army Air Corps.

After being discharged in 1946, he returned to Baltimore, gave up acting and was an independent contractor until 1960, when he went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, where he was in charge of maintenance of the coke ovens. He retired in 1980.

"He was a stonemason, an extraordinary electrician and carpenter -- he really was a man of all trades," recalled his brother Louis R. Cedrone Jr. of Lutherville, retired Evening Sun film critic.

Joseph Cedrone was born in San Donato, Italy, in 1912. His family immigrated to the United States in 1914. He grew up on Granby Street in East Baltimore and attended city schools.

Other survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Louise Marziale of Baltimore; a son, Daniel Cedrone of Bel Air; a daughter, Coral C. Bell of Rockville; another brother, Henry Cedrone; four sisters, Anne Dodson, Constance Peddicord, Philomena Forgione and Lucile Cedrone, all of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday. Kathryn Hairston Bert, a Social Security Administration claims examiner, was killed March 31 in an automobile accident at Crosby and Rolling roads near her Catonsville home.

Mrs. Bert, who was 50, was also a human relations trainer at the federal agency in Woodlawn. She had been a federal employee for about 34 years, first working at the Internal Revenue Service.

She was also director of the Real Estate Academy at Century 21 Home Specialists, a Woodlawn real estate brokerage in which her sister is a partner.

Born Kathryn Hairston in Baltimore, she graduated from Douglass High School and, in 1975, from Morgan State University.

Survivors include her husband, Colbert D. Bert; a son, Kevin D. Bert of Catonsville; a daughter, Anita L. Bert of Catonsville; her mother, Augusta Hairston Talbott of Baltimore; a brother, Harold Hairston-Ridgley of Atlanta; and a sister, Nancy Hairston Ware of Baltimore.

Services were held Wednesday .

Allen R. Anderson

Army colonel

Retired Army Lt. Col. Allen R. Anderson, who had lived in Severn since 1986, died March 24 of a respiratory disease at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was 75.

Colonel Anderson retired in 1969 after serving in the Army since 1941. He saw action in North Africa, Italy and Germany during World War II, and in the Korean War. His decorations included the Bronze Star with Combat V and Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds he suffered in World War II.

During retirement, he lived at St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he was public safety commissioner for a short time and a high school teacher for about 10 years.

Born in Martinsburg, W.Va., he graduated with honors from Howard University in 1941. He later studied at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Bari in Italy.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ada Bough; a daughter, Kirsten Ursin Galiber of Severn; a son, Kaj Ursin Anderson of Beloit, Wis.; and two grandsons.

Services were held March 31.

Joseph E. Gillespie

Bakery distributor

Joseph E. Gillespie, a former distributor of bakery products who lived in Fallston for 25 years before retiring and moving to Lewes, Del., seven years ago, died at his home March 11 of emphysema. He was 79.

The Baltimore native graduated from the Polytechnic Institute.

In 1983, he won a statewide tenpin bowling tournament.

His wife, the former Sophia Diem, died in 1993.

A memorial service was planned for 3 p.m. today at the Parsell, Atkins & Lodge Funeral Home in Lewes.

Mr. Gillespie is survived by a son, William J. Gillespie of Brookfield, Conn; a sister, Anna B. Sims of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, Georgetown, Del.

Bernice A. Phillips

Retired teacher

Bernice Avalin Phillips, a retired Baltimore County teacher, died Friday of cancer at the Caton Manor Nursing Center. She was 78 and lived on Rolling Road in Relay.

She retired in 1979 after teaching in southwest county schools since 1954, first at Relay Elementary School, then at Halethorpe Elementary, then at Hillcrest Elementary.

In the 1930s, the former Bernice Avalin Borror taught in a one-room school near her native Westphalia, Kan., where she graduated from high school. She was a 1956 graduate of the University of Maryland.

During World War II, she was a yeoman in the Coast Guard, stationed at a naval training station in Miami. While in the service, she met and married Charles E. Phillips Sr. They moved to the Baltimore area in 1946.

Mr. Phillips died in 1979.

She is survived by a son, Charles E. Phillips Jr. of Fallston; a daughter, Carole Sue George of Relay; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Hope Presbyterian Church in Arbutus.

Services were held Tuesday.

Sophia Radziszewski

Ex-Pasadena resident

Sophia B. Radziszewski, a former Pasadena resident, died April 2 of cancer at the home of her son in Poland Spring, Maine. She was 68 and moved to Maine in 1979.

The former Sophia B. Mroziewski was a native of Scranton, Pa., who came to the Baltimore area in 1941 when she married Joseph P. Radziszewski Sr. Her husband died in 1989.

She is survived by her son, Joseph P. Radziszewski Jr. of Poland Spring; a brother, Anthony Mroziewski of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

James E. Jones

Former city official

James E. Jones, a retired assistant city solicitor who was active in church work, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at his home in the Homeland Apartments. He was 74.

He joined the Baltimore solicitor's office in 1972 and retired in 1981. While there, he had a part-time private practice. Earlier, he was a partner in two law firms, Briscoe and Jones, and Freeze Pfiefer and Jones.

In the 1960s, he was a reading clerk at various times for the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate.

Born in Baltimore, he was graduated from City College, the University of Maryland College Park and, in 1951, the University of Maryland law school.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Helen Kell; a daughter, Mary Brigid Fahmy of Olney; a brother, Harold Jones of Towson; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Jones was offered Wednesday.

George E. Hill Jr.

Owned heating business

George E. Hill Jr., a Baltimore native who owned a heating and air-conditioning business, died last Saturday at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., after a heart attack. He was 37 and had lived for the past two years in Millsboro, Del.

Island Air, which he had owned for about six months, serves the area between Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach, Del. Earlier, he worked for Academy Heating and Air Conditioning in Ocean City.

He was reared in Ocean City and lived for a time in Parsonsburg, Del. He graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia J. Blom; two daughters, Laurie Beth Hill of Showell and Heather Lynn Maycock of Parsonsburg; two sons, Andrew Edward and Edward James Maycock Jr., both of Parsonsburg; his parents, Phyllis and George E. Hill Sr. of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; two brothers, James Lee Hill of Bishopville and Kenneth J. Hill of Fort Myers Beach; and two sisters, Terry Lynn Hill of Ocean Pines and Lisa Marie Hill of Fort Myers Beach.

Services were held Wednesday.

Sylvia Grandmaison

Ex-Pimlico resident

Sylvia Lewy Grandmaison, a Baltimore native, died March 31 of cancer at a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 85.

The former Sylvia Lewy had lived in the Pimlico area for many years and later in Prince George's County. She moved to Pompano Beach, Fla. in 1968.

In the 1950s and 1960s, she was administrative assistant for a research program of the former Bureau of Commercial Fisheries of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Her husband, Charles A. Grandmaison Sr., died in 1971.

She is survived by a son, Charles A. Grandmaison Jr. of Buda, Texas; a daughter, Louise Reno of Pikesville; a brother, Edward H. Lewy of Towson; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday.

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