An obituary of Walter Woernle last Thursday...


An obituary of Walter Woernle last Thursday should have described him as a member of the evangelization committee of the Perry Hall Baptist Church.

The Sun regrets the errors.


Walter Woernle

Owned printing firm

Walter Woernle, retired owner of a printing business, died Monday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center of heart and kidney failure. He was 81 and lived in the Cub Hill area of Baltimore County.

The Baltimore native, who retired about 15 years ago as owner of the Holiday Press, graduated from Towson High School. He was a member of the evangelization committee of the Cub Hill Baptist Church and wasscripture secretary of the Baltimore North Camp of Gideons International.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Perry Hall Baptist Church, 3919 Schroeder Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former RosaliHaberkorn; a son, Walter Woernle Jr. of Palm Harbor, Fla.; two daughters, Jo Anne Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., and Wendy S. Keller of Baltimore; a sister, Elsie Woernle of the Lochearn area; and 14 grandchildren.

Joseph Melman

State auditor

Joseph Melman, a retired state auditor and aficionado of classical music, died Monday of respiratory failure at Sinai Hospital. The Belvedere Towers resident was 72.

He retired in 1990 after working for 10 years as an auditor for the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Earlier, he was a furniture salesman.

The Harrisburg, Pa., native graduated from Forest Park High School in Baltimore. He continued his education at the Peabody Institute Conservatory of Music, studying classical clarinet.

During World War II, he was a clarinetist with the U.S. Army Band and was discharged in 1945.

"He adored listening to classical music and operas," said his wife, the former Shirley Shapiro, whom he married in 1967. "He liked to sit and conduct with an imaginary baton."

He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of many Masonic organizations. He was a co-founder of Bonnie Blink Daylight Lodge No. 1 and the Masonic Veterans.

Graveside services were set for noon today at the Hebrew Young Men Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road, Woodlawn.

Other survivors include three stepsons, Steve Cherelstein of Glen Burnie, Sonny Cherelstein of Westminster and Randy Cherelstein of Owings Mills; two sisters, Esther Weiner of Pikesville and Honey Shackman of Baltimore; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, 5-E Gwynns Mill Court, Owings Mills 21117.


Donald L. Rusk

SSA clerk

Donald L. Rusk, a retired Social Security Administration clerk, died Friday of injuries he suffered when he was struck by a car at Baltimore National Pike and Rolling Road in the Catonsville area. He was 60.

The Hebbville resident retired in 1972 after working for SSA since leaving the Army in 1956. He had served in the Korean War.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School and the Cortez Peters Business School.

He had been an adult leader in the Boy Scouts and a member of the Pyramid Social Club.

L His marriage to the former Shirley Brunson ended in divorce.

Services were set for 6 p.m. today at the Rising Sun First Baptist Church, 2211 St. Luke's Lane, Woodlawn.

He is survived by three daughters, Sheila Johnson of Woodlawn, Saundra Rusk-White of Hebbville and Donna Holland of Baltimore; a stepson, Keith Edwards of Baltimore; his mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Randolph Tilghman of Baltimore; two brothers, Harold Rusk of Baltimore and Hubert Rusk of Woodlawn; a sister, Charlotte Walker of Baltimore; and five grandsons.

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