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Dennis Dellamalva

Director of sales

Dennis F. Dellamalva, retired director of sales for Yellow Transportation Co., died June 12 at St. Joseph Hospital of complications of AIDS. He was 44 and lived in Ednor Gardens.

He retired about a year ago after working for Yellow Transportation since moving to Baltimore in 1983.

Born in Charleroi,Pa., he was a 1967 graduate of Monessen High School.

He is survived by his father, Frank Dellamalva, a sister, Maria Giordano, and a brother, Dean Dellamalva, all of Greensburg, Pa.; his partner, Michael Frank Thanos of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mark Clarke and Dennis Dellamalva Memorial Fund at Chase Brexton Clinic, 101 W. Read St. in Baltimore.

Services were private.

Robert L. Amelang

Contract negotiator

Robert L. Amelang, a retired defense contract negotiator, died June 6 of cancer at his home in Ocean City. The former resident of Valleyfield Road in Lutherville was 71.

He worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp. for 28 years as a naval and defense contract negotiator, then retired in 1985 and moved to Ocean City.

Earlier, he worked for Koppers Co.

Born and reared in Hamilton, he attended city schools and joined the Naval Reserve when he was 16. During his senior year at the Polytechnic Institute, he was called to active duty. During World War II, he was a seaman aboard the destroyer USS Barry in Panama.

He entered the Naval Academy in 1943 and graduated in 1946 with an engineering degree. He served with the Atlantic Fleet until leaving the Navy in 1951.

Last year, he was awarded a diploma from Poly.

He was a member of Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church in Riderwood.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Dorothy V. Mears; two sons, R. Stephen Amelang of Ocean City and James E. Amelang of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Marsha Amelang and Kimberly S. Amelang, both of Carney; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Services were held June 10.

Virginia Lee Debnam

Retired bookkeeper

Virginia Lee Debnam, a retired bookkeeper, died Friday of heart failure at her Chestertown home. She was 76.

The former Virginia Lee Dulin was born in Preston and received her early education in Chestertown.

She married George Debnam III and in 1950 the family moved to Reisterstown where she attended business college. Mr. Debnam died in 1971.

She resettled in Chestertown a year later and worked periodically as a bookkeeper for David Bramble Construction. She retired in 1991.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Episcopal Church near Chestertown. Interment will be in St. Johns Cemetery in Glyndon.

She is survived by a daughter, Bessie A. Hutschenreuter of Airville; four sons, George Debnam IV of Worton, Warren H. Debnam of Hanover, Pa., and C. Breck Debnam and Lee D. Debnam, both of Chestertown; a sister, Doris Moffett of Chestertown; three brothers, William Kent Dulin of Millington, and Quinton Dulin and Carlton Dulin of Chestertown; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maryland 4-H Foundation, 8020 Greenmead Drive, College Park, Md., 20740.

Theodore Phillips Jr.

Business broker

Theodore John Phillips Jr., who operated his own business brokerage, died June 19 of cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 60 and lived in Shawan.

He had owned the Business Resources Group, also known as BRG, for about 10 years. Earlier, he had been a salesman for National Housewares Co. and for his father's business, Phillips Roofing Co.

Born in Pikesville, he was a graduate of Milford Mill High School and attended the University of Maryland. In the late 1950s, he served in the Navy.

He was a life member of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Ann Drexler; three daughters, Sharon Lynn von Bokern of Alexandria, Va., Kimberly Ann Phillips of Owings Mills and Janelle Lillian Phillips of Cockeysville; his mother, Elsie Phillips of Pikesville; and two sisters, Betty Lou Fisher of Abingdon and Dorothy Joyce Melchor of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Services were held June 22.

Julia C. Tabor


Julia C. Tabor, a department store salesclerk, died June 19 of cancer at a nursing home in Camp Hill, Pa. She was 69 and had moved from Silver Spring to Camp Hill about 10 years ago.

The former Julia C. Herdtfelder was born in Romney, W.Va. As a child, she moved with her family to Northeast Baltimore and was a graduate of Eastern High School.

She was a salesclerk at the Lord & Taylor store in Washington in the 1970s.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Tabor; a daughter, Linda Armstrong of Marshall, Va.; a stepson, E. James Tabor of Camp Hill; a stepdaughter, Elaine Tabor of Tempe, Ariz.; her mother, Esther Herdtfelder of Rossmoor; a sister, Elizabeth Fisher of Callao, Va.; two brothers, Robert Herdtfelder of New Market and Donald Herdtfelder of Silver Spring; and four grandchildren.

Services were held June 23.

James L. Letcher

Owned printing firm

James L. Letcher, who owned a printing company, died June 21 of a heart attack at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 58.

For the past 10 years, he owned PIP Printing on York Road in Hunt Valley. Earlier, he had been Baltimore County labor commissioner.

Mr. Letcher, who moved to the Baltimore area from Ohio in 1977, was born in Somerset County, Pa., and reared in Erie.

He was on the boards of Care First, Friends of the Retarded and was active in the Baltimore City adopt-a-school program.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, the former Judith Heise; three daughters, Kelley Lyn Letcher, Stacey L. Letcher and Ellen G. Letcher, all of Baltimore; a sister, Faye Cairns, and his mother, Helena Kaufman Letcher, both of Erie.

Memorial donations may be made to the James L. Letcher Education Scholarship Fund, c/o Printing Industries of Maryland, York Road, Timonium 21093.

Services were held June 24.

Rev. Vernon Miller

Methodist minister

The Rev. Vernon E. Miller, a retired United Methodist minister and a Baltimore native, died May 10 at a hospital in Vero Beach, Fla., of complications of heart disease. He was 81.

Mr. Miller retired in 1968 and moved to Vero Beach after two years as pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Northeast Baltimore.

He was licensed as a preacher in 1930 by the old Evangelical Church and in 1934 as an elder. The denomination, in later mergers, became part of the Evangelical United Brethren, then of the United Methodist Church.

In 1939, he was named pastor of Faith Evangelical Church on 25th Street. He remained with the congregation, which became Rodgers Forge United Methodist Church, until 1966.

He was educated in Baltimore public schools and graduated from the Polytechnic Institute. He attended City College and Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa.

His wife, the former Myrtle Dayhoff, died in 1988. A daughter, Shirley Jane Miller Thorp, died in January in Jeffersontown, Ky.

He is survived by a son, the Rev. Vernon D. Miller of Christiansburg, Va.; two sisters, Myrtle Stein of Merritt Island, Fla., and Edna Hauf of Baltimore; a brother, Kenneth Miller of Baltimore; three granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.

Memorial donations may be made to Milford Mill United Methodist Church, successor to Memorial Evangelical Church, the West Baltimore congregation of which he was a member in his youth.

Graveside services were held June 18.

Daniel J. Savitsky

SEC lawyer

Daniel J. Savitsky, assistant general counsel for the federal Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, died June 18 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 41.

The native of Shenandoah, Pa., had lived in the Westgate area in Southwest Baltimore for about four years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rosemary Scully; three sons, Thomas W. Savitsky, Stephen J. Savitsky and Daniel J. Savitsky Jr., and a daughter, Sarah Kathleen Savitsky, all of Baltimore; his father, William J. Savitsky Sr. of Shenandoah, a former United Mine Workers of America official; a brother, William J. Savitsky Jr. of Shenandoah; and a sister, Lorraine Savitsky of Schuylkill Haven, Pa.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered June 22.

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