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John C. Rau Sr.

47-year Sun employee

John C. Rau Sr., who worked in the advertising accounting department of The Baltimore Sun and was active in the affairs of Local 35 of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Yale Heights. He was 65.

He retired in 1993 after a 47-year-career with the newspaper.

A Guild member since 1953, he helped bargain nine contracts with the publishing company and served as a vice chairman of Local 35 for nearly 20 years. He was the local's delegate to the union's executive council and was the Guild representative to the Baltimore Council of Newspaper Unions.

Born and reared in Baltimore, he was educated in city schools. He served with an Army combat engineering unit during the Korean War and was discharged in 1953.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Monastery Roman Catholic Church, Monastery Avenue and Frederick Road, Baltimore.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Mary Louise Ziegler; two sons, John C. Rau Jr. of Arbutus and Stephen J. Rau of Leonardtown; a daughter, Mary Lynne Rabenold of Elkridge; a sister, Laddis L. Rau of Halethorpe; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025; or the Visiting Nurse Association of Baltimore Hospice, 6000 Metro Drive, Baltimore 21215.

Thomas S. Johnson, an automobile industry executive, died Tuesday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The Abingdon resident was 77.

He was assistant national manager of parts and accessories for the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors Corp. in Detroit. He began his career with GM at Baltimore's Broening Highway plant in 1946 and retired in 1974.

He then was a consultant in Detroit for several years before moving to the Baltimore area in 1980.

He was a volunteer for the Carroll County Public Library where he built shelves and repaired worn books. The library honored him as volunteer of the year in 1985 for his thousands of hours of service.

He was born and reared on Walther Boulevard in Northeast Baltimore. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in 1938 and the University of Baltimore in 1941.

During World War II, he was an Army Air Corps intelligence officer in Sicily and participated in planning the famous air raid on Romania's Ploesti oil fields in 1943.

He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant. His decorations included the Bronze Star and the North African Campaign Medal.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, with interment in Parkwood Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Karline C. Collison; three sons, Thomas S. Johnson III of St. Augustine, Fla., Mark W. Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla., and Bruce W. Johnson of Marquette, Mich.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Maurice C. Tillery

Test pilot

Maurice C. Tillery, a former test pilot, died Wednesday of kidney failure at the Baltimore home of his companion. He was 82.

He began his career at the Middle River plant of the Glenn L. Martin Co. in 1930 and rose from plant worker to test pilot and then supervisor before retiring in 1970. He maintained an interest in aviation and as recently as this summer was flying with a friend.

The Carvel Beach resident was a member of several aviation associations.

He was born and reared on Belt Street in South Baltimore and was a 1929 graduate of Southern High School. He was quarterback on the school's championship football team that year.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent and was a member of Washington Lodge No. 3 A.F.& A.M., Joppa Lodge No. 132, Tall Cedars of Lebanon No. 45, Boumi Temple, Bonnie Blink Lodge No. 1 and the Scottish Rite.

Services were set for 9 a.m. today at the McCully Funeral Home, 130 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore.

Survivors include his companion of 57 years, Madeline A. Tansill; and several nieces, nephews, great-nephews and great-nieces.

H . S. Romanowski Jr.

Baltimore native

Henry S. Romanowski Jr., a Baltimore native and partner in a chain of three lighting equipment stores in New York City, died Sept. 13 after a heart attack at his New York home. He was 41.

The Baltimore native was a 1971 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School. He had been active in the AIDS Resource Center and similar groups in New York and with " his skill at needlework had contributed part of the AIDS quilt.

A memorial service was set for 2 p.m. today during a reception for friends and family members from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Polish Home Hall, 510 S. Broadway.

He is survived by his partner, Fred Katz of New York City; his parents, Henry S. and Helen Romanowski, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; four sisters, Veronica Baier and Ann Louise Novak, both of Baltimore; Toni Neally of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Helen Schuster of Jacksonville; four nieces; and seven nephews.

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Thomas B. Twist

Mercantile officer

Thomas B. Twist, a bank vice president, died Wednesday after an apparent heart attack at his Stoneleigh home. He was 47.

Mr. Twist had worked for the Mercantile Bank and Trust Co. for 24 years and was a commercial loan officer in its Towson offices.

Born in Hagerstown but reared in Stoneleigh, he attended Valley Forge Military Academy and was a graduate of Calvert Hall College and the University of Baltimore.

He had served on the boards of STEP Inc., which provides job training for the disabled, and the Stoneleigh Community

Association. He was a member of the Towson Lodge of the Elks.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former H. Parker Lowndes; a sister, Mary D. Kennedy of Arnold; a brother, Robert G. Twist Jr. of Richmond, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary C. Decker

Office manager

Mary C. Decker, who had lived in Bel Air for many years before moving to New Freedom, Pa., nearly a year ago, died Thursday of heart disease at a nursing home in Dallastown, Pa. She was 77.

She had been an office manager for an automobile repair business and an employee of a plastics factory.

The former Mary C. Rohrer was a native of Hopewell, Va., who was reared in Baltimore. Her husband, John C. Decker, died in 1964.

Services were to be held at 4 p.m. today at West Liberty United Methodist Church in White Hall.

She is survived by a daughter, Victoria L. McCabe of Forest Hill; four sons, Lawrence R. Decker of New Freedom, John C. Decker of Conowingo, Walter O. Decker of Honolulu and Matin L. Decker of White Hall; three sisters, Virginia Danner of Baltimore, Texie Schmidt of Glen Rock, Pa., and Doris Knudson of Elmhurst, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Merry Ellen Britt

Former nurse

Merry Ellen Britt, a former nurse, died Wednesday of cancer at her home in Columbia. She was 49.

The former Merry Ellen Ray was a native of San Angelo, Texas, who came to Maryland in 1968 and was a 1973 graduate of the nursing school at Prince George's General Hospital, where she worked until 1980. She also worked at hospitals in Colorado and Hawaii.

Services were set for noon today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia.

She is survived by her husband, Michael E. Britt; a daughter, Laura Phillips of Gaithersburg; a son, Darby Britt of Gaithersburg; her parents, Nathaniel and Odessa Ray, both of San Angelo; two brothers, Louis Ray of LaPorte, Colo., and James Ray of Midland, Texas; and four grandchildren.

Ellen Naomi Johns, Baltimore native and former resident of Severna Park, died Tuesday of heart failure at a nursing home in Leesburg, Va. She was 75.

Services were held yesterday . She is survived by three sons, Dennis H. Johns of Hanover, Kenneth L. Johns of Keedysville and Robin L. Johns of Purcellville, Va.; three daughters, Ellen Suzanne Johns of Old Church, Va., Barbara M. Johns of Frederick and Linda C. Beall of Severna Park; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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