John B. Schuerholz
Star athlete in '30s
John B. Schuerholz Sr., a star athlete in Baltimore in the 1930s whose family name is known in area amateur sports, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Cockeysville. He was 77.
"People have told me he was one of [the] best athletes of his day in the city of Baltimore," said one of his sons John B. Schuerholz Jr., executive vice president and general manager of the Atlanta Braves.
Mr. Schuerholz was known for his expert ball handling and quickness on the court as a basketball player for the Arundel Boat Club in the old Baltimore Basketball League, his son said. "My dad and his brothers all played on the team together, coached by my grandfather, William."
At age 15, Mr. Schuerholz started playing semiprofessional baseball for the Buck Glass Co. in Locust Point. From 1938 to 1940, he played in the professional minor leagues in Ayden and Wilson, N.C., as a second baseman and shortstop -- a career that ended after he broke a leg sliding into second base.
He subsequently took a position in the payroll department at Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point, where he worked for 43 years.
"He had just gotten married and had a baby on the way and felt it was more important to establish himself in the workplace," said his son, who lives in Atlanta.
Mr. Schuerholz remained active in amateur sports, coaching sandlot teams and attending his sons' games.
In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Maryne "Rinny" Wyatt of Parkville; two other sons, Jerry Schuerholz of Perry Hall and Larry Schuerholz of Abingdon; a sister, Mary Horton of Overlea; two brothers, Donald Schuerholz of Ellicott City and Wilson Schuerholz of Timonium; and eight grandchildren.
Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson funeral home, 1050 York Road.
Ralph G. Hoffman
Ralph G. Hoffman, a Carroll County lawyer for more than 57 years, died of heart failure Thursday at his home in Westminster. He was 84.
He was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1936 and, in 1941, joined the law firm that eventually became known as Hoffman, Comfort, Galloway & Offutt.
Mr. Hoffman never retired from the firm, but continued to oversee its operations, said his son-in-law, Michael Smith.
"On Tuesday, he stopped by the firm to see how things were going and to find out how the [primary election] voting results were coming in," Mr. Smith said.
A member of the Westminster-Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for more than 50 years, Mr. Hoffman had been chairman of the Carroll County Banking and Trust Co. and a director of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and of the Carroll County Broadcasting Corp., a weekly newspaper and at least two county shopping centers.
He had been a trustee for several organizations, including Western Maryland College.
Mr. Hoffman, who was born near Westminster, was educated in Carroll County public schools and the Baltimore Business College. He received his legal education through a correspondence course.
He was a member of Deer Park United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emily; a son, R. Neal Hoffman of Westminster; a daughter, Dr. Joan Smith of Westminster; and three grandsons.
Services were to be at 11 a.m. today at the First United Presbyterian Church on Washington Road in Westminster. Interment will be in the Westminster Cemetery.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Ralph G. Hoffman Scholarship Fund, 2 College Hill, Western Maryland College, Westminster 21158, or to Deer Park United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2000 Sykesville Road, Westminster 21157.
Esther M. Hyle
Esther Marquerite Hyle, 82, a reading teacher in the Baltimore County public schools for about 20 years, died Wednesday of a heart attack at York (Pa.) Hospital.
Mrs. Hyle of Glenarm taught remedial reading at elementary schools, including Oakleigh, until her retirement in the late 1960s.
She was born Esther Ironmonger in Baltimore. Despite having to leave school during the Great Depression, she completed a general equivalency diploma and, in 1953, earned a teaching certificate from Towson State College.
Two years later, she began taking master's level classes in education at the Johns Hopkins University, where she earned more than 60 credits.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Towson United Methodist Church.
She traveled extensively, including 14 trips to England and visits to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iceland.
She was married for 16 years to Howard Hyle, who died in 1960. Her first marriage, to John Glennon, ended in divorce.
Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Leonard J. Ruck Inc., 5305 Harford Road in Hamilton.
She is survived by a daughter, Virginia Sarant of Glenarm; a son, John Hyle of Winchester, Va.; a sister, Doris Remortel of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.