Patrick H. SmithEx-Navy pilotRetired Navy Lt. Cmdr....


Patrick H. Smith

Ex-Navy pilot

Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Patrick H. Smith, who had been a civilian employee of the Navy after retiring as a pilot, died of cancer Saturday at his home in the Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 76.

Commander Smith, who had lived in Clinton and then Arnold before moving to Charlestown in 1993, retired in 1972 from a transport squadron at the Patuxent Naval Air Station. A naval officer since 1940, he was assigned to anti-submarine patrols after his graduation from flight school in Corpus Christi, Texas. He served in South America and North Africa during World War II and later at bases in Brunswick, Maine, and Iceland.

After his retirement, he was a civilian employee of the Naval Air Systems Command in the Washington area until 1987.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, at the Charlestown Retirement Community, 711 Maiden Choice Lane in Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Lt. Cmdr. Katharine Chadwick, who served in the Navy Nurse Corps; a daughter, Karen Warack of Monument, Colo.; a son, Sean Smith of Pasadena; two sisters, Kathleen Reilly of Lakewood, Ohio, and Rosemary Allen, of Pueblo, Colo.; and two granddaughters.

Margaretta E. Miller

Taught mathematics

Margaretta E. Miller, a retired Anne Arundel County math teacher, died Sunday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Severna Park of complications of Parkinson's disease. She was 84.

A longtime Pasadena resident, Mrs. Miller retired in 1976 as a teacher at Severna Park High School. She had taught in Anne Arundel since 1955, with earlier assignments at the Glen Burnie, Marley and Severna Park junior highs. She also had taught previously in the Baltimore school system.

Born in Lonaconing, the former Margaretta Helen Evans came to Baltimore with her family in 1927 and was a 1931 honors graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Her husband of 20 years, Joseph E. Miller, died in 1956.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Ritchie Highway and Cypress Creek Road, Severna Park.

William Rebsamen

Purchasing agent

William A. Rebsamen, a retired purchasing agent for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died of cancer Sunday at the Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ruxton.

Mr. Rebsamen, who was 77 and lived in Rossville for many years, retired in 1980 after working for BGE since 1951.

A native of Olathe, Kan., Mr. Rebsamen was a member of the Army National Guard in that state when it was federalized during World War II and first came to the Baltimore area when he was stationed at Fort Meade.

He was twice commander of the Adm. Winfield Scott Schley Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which was active in collecting toys and clothing for children at the Rosewood state hospital during his terms.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at the John C. Miller Funeral Home, 6415 Belair Road.

Mr. Rebsamen is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, the former Rose Mitchell; a daughter, Catherine Catterton of Towson; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Ralph G. Nestor, 67, a retired military budget analyst for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at the Knollwood Manor Nursing home in Millersville.

Mr. Nestor, who also held a civilian job with the Navy in the late 1940s and early 1950s, retired in 1982. He was a longtime resident of the Severna Park area.

Services were to be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road in Severna Park.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joyce Hebb; a son, Douglas Nestor of Baltimore; a daughter, Debra McConnell of Crofton; four brothers, Roscoe Nestor of Parsons, W.Va., Brown Nestor of Baltimore, Carl Nestor of Winchester, Va., and Lee Friend of Riverdale; five sisters, Ann Jones, Colleen Sirkin and Clara Myers, all of Baltimore, Gertrude Horn of Ridgely, W.Va., and Nellie Lewis of Tallmadge, Ohio.

Jean Ellen Ward, 43, a native of Baltimore who had worked since 1976 as a hospital nurse in Bangor, Maine, died Saturday of cancer at her home in Brewer, Maine.

The former Jean Ellen Rhodes was a graduate of the Dulaney High School and the Union Memorial Hospital nursing school. She served for four years in the Navy Nurse Corps before settling in Maine.

Services were scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by her husband, Arthur Ward; her parents, Harold and Shirley Rhodes, both of Timonium; and a brother, Neal Rhodes of Atlanta.

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