John ZouckInventor, farmerJohn Zouck, a consultant and...


John Zouck

Inventor, farmer

John Zouck, a consultant and manufacturing process developer in the wire industry who raced horses and had been a dairy farmer, died July 13 of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Mr. Zouck, who was 83, lived on a family farm in the Glyndon area, near a section once known as Zoucksville. He had operated it as a dairy farm in the 1950s, building a prize-winning herd and serving on local and state agricultural committees.

In recent years, he and family members bred, trained and raced a small stable of thoroughbred horses, including Ask Me Out which won at Laurel the Sunday before his death.

He helped to develop a process for continuously coating wire and had been associated with the Wire Machinery Co. of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

He had been associated with several wire companies after starting his career as a 10-cents-an-hour steel worker for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Sparrows Point.

He joined the Marine Corps during World War II and commanded the maintenance depot of an air unit in the fight for Guadalcanal.

During this time, he worked with aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh to increase bomb loads for the planes and make other technological improvements in their fighting abilities. He was discharged as a lieutenant colonel.

An active hunter, he served on the Maryland Waterfowl Advisory Commission.

The Glyndon native was a graduate of Franklin High School and attended St. John's College in Annapolis, before earning an engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Jane Williams; three daughters, Anna W. Zouck and Judith Z. DiNatale, both of Glyndon, and Charlotte Elise Zouck of Victoria, Australia; two sisters, Eleanor Z. Winkenwerder and Marian Z. Harvey, both of Baltimore; a brother, Peter G. Zouck of Baltimore, and a grandson.

Services were held July 16 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon.

Mary Louise Vickers

Teacher, volunteer

Mary Louise Vickers, who had been a teacher and volunteer, died July 12 of heart failure at the Health Care Center at Roland Park Place. She was 89.

She had moved to the retirement community in 1987 from nearby Roland Park where she had lived for 50 years.

The former Mary Louise Lemon was a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Central High School and George Washington University in the District of Columbia.

She moved to Roland Park after her marriage in 1927 to James Kennedy Vickers, a civil engineer and homebuilder, who died in 1986.

In the 1940s, she taught cooking and sewing at Roland Park Country School. She was a volunteer at Union Memorial Hospital and Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

She was a member of Roland Park Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Anne V. Weikart of Pasadena and Jane T. Vickers of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held July 16.

Kevin Tonarella

Shipping manager

Kevin Thomas Tonarella, who worked as a shipping manager, died June 6 at Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 27.

He had been employed as a shipping manager since 1990 with Ames in Laurel. Earlier, he had worked in a similar capacity for Rickle Home Improvement Centers.

He was born and reared in Lansdowne and graduated from Lansdowne Senior High School in 1985.

He was active in the Heritage Church of God in Severn where he wrote and performed religious music and had recently recorded two of his songs, "Take Me" and "Falling."

Survivors include his wife of three years, the former Melissa Klinger; two sons, Kyle and Shane, all of Lansdowne; a brother, Gino Tonarella of Rosedale; two sisters, Deborah Sheahy of Perry Hall and Tammy Marsch of Pasadena; his father, Joseph M. Tonarella of Lansdowne; and six nephews.

Services were held June 11 with interment in Glen Haven Cemetery.

His family suggests any contributions be made to Johns Hopkins Children's Center, 1620 McElderry Street, Room 201, Baltimore 21205.

Clyde E. Reeves

Retired bricklayer

Clyde E. Reeves, a retired bricklayer at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant at Sparrows Point, died July 12 of respiratory illnesses at a nursing home in El Paso, Texas.

Mr. Reeves, who was 76, laid firebrick at the steel mill for 32 years before his retirement in 1980. He was known as Red.

Earlier, he had worked as a truck driver in the Panama Canal Zone.

A native of Isabelle, Pa., who was raised in Nemacolin, Pa., he served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II.

He was formerly a member of the Kenwood Presbyterian Church.

His first wife, the former LaVerna Carter, died in 1973.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth W. Robins; a daughter, Vicky Reeves Hofmeister, of Freeland; a son, Clyde Kent Reeves, of Collingswood, N.J.; a stepson, Richard Clay Robins, of El Paso; two stepdaughters, Rhonda Robins Pace, of El Paso, and Rita Sharon Robins Greene, of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Charles R. Reeves, of Cannonsburg, Pa., and William T. Reeves, of Corpus Christi, Texas; a sister, Ethel Reeves Richter, of Carmichaels, Pa., and nine grandsons.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at the Gardens of Faith Memorial Park in Overlea.

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