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Ann Atwater Baker

Teacher, office manager

Ann Atwater Baker, a retired office manager and former teacher, died Tuesday of complications of a stroke at the Meridian Nursing-The Pines in Easton. She was 90.

She moved to Easton in 1937 from Summit, N.J., with her husband, Dr. J. Tyler Baker, when he opened a practice there. She was his office manager until 1967.

Born and reared in Kings Ferry, N.Y., she was a 1920 graduate of the high school there. She continued her education at Geneseo State Normal School, now the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and after earning her teacher's certificate, taught elementary school in New York and New Jersey before her marriage in 1933. Dr. Baker died in 1972.

"She had a great sense of humor which was very dry," recalled her daughter-in-law, Jody Baker of Easton.

"She was outgoing, loved entertaining and gave dinner parties, which she lovingly called 'SOS dinners,' meaning the same old stuff," Mrs. Baker said.

"She also loved bridge and played until she was in her mid-80s. She'd come home after playing cards and say, 'I beat the pants off of the other players today.' She was really a wonderful lady."

She was a member of the Tred Avon Yacht Club, the Talbot Country Club and the Harbor Club. She was active in the Junior Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital in Easton, the Academy of Arts, the Talbot County Historical Society and the American Association of Retired Persons, and volunteered at the Easton Day Care Center and the Easton Waterfowl Festival.

Plans for a memorial service at the Columbarium at the Oxford Cemetery are not complete.

Survivors include three sons, Jacques T. Baker Jr. and Dr. L. Bradley Baker, both of Easton, and Anthony A. Baker of Boulder, Colo.; a daughter, Dr. Margaret B. Rennels of Elkridge; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Talbot County Free Library, 100 W. Dover St., Easton 21601.

Vendel P. Kovar

Steel worker

Vendel P. Kovar, a retired head-roller in the cold strip mill at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant at Sparrows Point, died Wednesday of heart disease at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Mr. Kovar, who was known as Bud, was 78.

He retired 18 years ago.

He came to Dundalk and began working for Bethlehem Steel in 1939 after graduating with a civil engineering degree from the Virginia Military Institute.

He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II, reaching the rank of major.

He was a member of the Dundalk Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

L A native of Kittanning, Pa., he was reared in Ford City, Pa.

He was an usher at St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, Dunmanway and Dunglow Road in Dundalk, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marion Fairnie; a daughter, Marsha Kovar Shutty of Alexandria, Va.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Virginia Military Institute Athletic Fund, Lexington, Va., 24450-9983.

Mabel Shock

Office manager

Mabel Shock, an office manager in Baltimore for 17 years, died Friday at her home in Leesburg, Fla., after a long battle with leukemia. She was 58.

She was born in the Mount Washington section of Baltimore. She was an office manager for Manufacturers Automotive Warehouse, 2511 Greenmount Ave.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Beyers Funeral Home in Umatilla, Fla. Burial will be in Lakeside Memory Gardens Eustis, Fla.

Survivors include her mother, Maude Weibe of Leesburg, Fla.; three daughters, Judith McGee of Umatilla, Fla., Phyllis Scherer of Eustis, Fla., and Brenda Shock of Grand Island, Fla.; a son, Richard Shock of Eustis, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

The family requests donations to the Leukemia Society of America in lieu of flowers.

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