J. E. Bollinger Sr.
Roofing company owner
J. Edward Bollinger Sr., the retired founder of a Baltimore roofing company, died of a heart attack at his home Sunday. The longtime Towson resident was 85.
He was born on the family farm in Reisterstown and attended public schools there, graduating from Franklin High School.
In the early 1930s, he joined two of his brothers in Baltimore, where he worked for a roofing company and attended night school at the Johns Hopkins University.
In 1936, he married Dorothy M. Meyerdirck, and he and a brother, the late Michael J. Bollinger, started Bollinger Brothers Roofing Co.
He moved from Northwest Baltimore in 1941 to a home on York Road near Greenridge Road in Towson. Eight years later, he moved to a home on Allegheny Avenue in West Towson, where he lived the rest of his life.
In 1973, he formed Bollinger Roofing Co. Inc., from which he retired a few years later.
He was active in church groups at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, including the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society. He also was a charter member of the Towson Chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and a member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians and the Optimist Club of downtown Baltimore.
He was an avid gardener and, until this year, tended a huge vegetable garden in his back yard. For years, teachers from a nearby elementary school would bring their students by to see the plants.
A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Church, Baltimore and Ware Avenues.
Other survivors include three daughters, Dorothy B. McLaughlin of Sherborn, Mass., Christine B. Kilchenstein of Forest Hill and Mary Eleanor "Mimi" B. Gifford of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sons, J. Edward Bollinger Jr. of Timonium and William F. Bollinger Sr. of Baldwin; a brother, Sylvester "Wex" Bollinger of Randallstown; 13 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Mabel Kelly, a homemaker and church member, died Thursday of cancer at the Joseph Richey Hospice. The East Baltimore resident was 69.
She had been a children's nurse for many years, and during the 1940s, was an usher at the old Royal Theater on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Born and reared in West Baltimore, she attended city schools and Douglass High School.
"She was very active in her church -- that was her whole life," said a sister, Lydia Rivera of Baltimore.
She had been a member of Garden of Prayer Baptist Church where she was a choir member and recently became a member of New Carmel Star Baptist Church where she was active in the flower circle.
In 1948, she married Reginald Kelly, a drummer with the Jolly Jacks Band. He died in 1958.
Services were set for noon today at New Carmel Star Baptist Church, 1847 W. Baltimore St. in Baltimore.
Other survivors include three sons, Reginald Kelly Jr., Donald Kelly and Gary Kelly, all of West Baltimore; a daughter, Princess Clifton of Edmondson Village; another sister, Beatrice Foote of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.
Thomas Henry Long
Thomas Henry Long, who worked for Reliable Contracting Co. in Millersville, died July 3 of cancer at his home in Pasadena. He was 75.
Known as "Jack," he was in the construction business for more than 15 years. He retired in 1973.
He attended Glen Burnie High School and during World War II served in the Army Air Forces in the European and North African theaters. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Jane Pumphrey; three sons, Kenneth M. Lyons of Annapolis, David W. Lyons of Arlington, Texas, and Thomas F. Long of Glen Burnie; two daughters, Brenda J. Jones and Janice L. Myers, both of Pasadena; a brother, Donald Long of Baltimore; two sisters, Dorothy Munson of Glen Burnie and Ethel Garfield of Arlington, Va.; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, North Arundel Unit, P.O. Box 1347, Glen Burnie, 21060; the American Heart Association, Anne Arundel County Division, 177 Defense Highway, P.O. Box 6607 Annapolis 21401; or the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville, 21108.
Services were held Thursday and interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Glen Burnie.
Dorris M. Howard
Hall of fame bowler
Doris Marie Howard, who was active in women's bowling organizations, died Sunday of a respiratory illness at the Anne Arundel County Medical Center in Annapolis. She was 63.
Mrs. Howard, who had lived in Annapolis since 1969, had been secretary-treasurer of the Maryland State Women's Bowling Association since 1982 and was a former secretary of the Severna Park Women's Bowling Association.
She had been named to the state organization's Hall of Fame and received other awards for her work.
She did needlework and ceramics and traveled with her husband in their recreational vehicle, mostly on the East Coast.
She was born Doris Marie Edmondson in Washington and graduated from Anacostia High School in 1948.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Edward Howard; two daughters, Denise Marie Yepsen of Annapolis and Doreen Lynn Shahan of Pasadena; a son, Dean Edward Howard of Virginia Beach, Va.; and a sister, Lavonne Howard of Glen Burnie.
Howard K. Kirk
Howard K. Kirk, a retired insurance executive, died Monday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Cromwell after a series of strokes. He was 80 and lived in Lutherville.
He retired about 15 years ago after 22 years with the R. K. Tongue Co., where he had been an agent and sales manager. Before entering the insurance business, he had been a salesman for the Ward Baking Co.
Known as "Ken," he was born in Rockdale and had lived in Northwood in Northeast Baltimore for many years.
He was an outfielder on semi-professional baseball teams and later coached Little League and Optimist Club baseball teams.
During World War II, he served in the Navy in a construction battalion in the Pacific.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Fullerton Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road.
He is survived by his wife, the former Maria E. Nickol; two daughters, Maria Kristine Kirk and Pamela F. Kirk, both of Lutherville; a son, Kenneth G. Kirk of Annapolis; and three sisters, Elizabeth Poole of Baltimore, Vernal Gordon of Long Green and Grace Dinsmore of Ocean City.