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Patricia F. Ritterhoff

School counselor, teacher

Patricia F. Ritterhoff, a retired Baltimore County school counselor and teacher, died Wednesday of cancer at her home in Timonium. She was 66.

She retired in 1992 after working 16 years as a counselor, most recently at Berkshire Elementary School. She began teaching kindergarten in 1951 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

After retiring, she participated in the Cliff Dwellers' gardening club, arranging flowers at Baltimore-area museums, including the Peale Courtyard Garden.

Mrs. Ritterhoff also was active in church. She served on the boards of the Havenwood Presbyterian Church and First English Lutheran Church. She also taught Sunday school at Havenwood Presbyterian and led a weekly prayer group for many years. Most recently, she led a weekly meeting on miracles.

Born in Baltimore and reared in the Ashburton and Homeland neighborhoods, Mrs. Ritterhoff graduated from Forest Park High School in 1947.

Services are planned for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 44 years, John W. Ritterhoff; her brother, Harry M. Ford Jr. of Lutherville; four daughters, Robin Ritterhoff of Bethesda, Dr. Toby Ritterhoff and Susan Grieco, both of Baltimore, and Happy Barber of York, Pa.; three sons-in-law; and four grandchildren.

Donations can be made to the Stella Maris Hospice Program, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson 21204.

George J. Kontoyianis, a physical education teacher in the Baltimore County school system for 30 years, died Thursday of heart failure at his home in Baltimore. He was 59.

Mr. Kontoyianis began his teaching career at Sparrows Point Senior High School. He worked there briefly before joining the faculty at Holabird Middle School. He left Holabird to take a teaching position at Patapsco Senior High, where he also coached varsity football.

He returned to Holabird in 1968 where he taught physical education until his retirement last year.

A member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, he served on the parish council and was active in the church's Chesapeake Youth Council, accompanying the group on trips to Camp Glyndon.

He also was a volunteer for the church's annual Greek festival.

Family members said Mr. Kontoyianis, who loved children, played Santa Claus at St. Nicholas and St. Demetrios churches. He also played Santa at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore.

Born in Monessen, Pa., Mr. Kontoyianis was a 1955 graduate of Patterson High School, where he played football.

In 1954, he was named to the All-Maryland Scholastic Football Team.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University, which he attended on an athletic scholarship, and was a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa fraternity.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2504 Cub Hill Road, Parkville.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, the former Margaret Harris; two sons, John Kontoyianis and Michael Kontoyianis, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Despina Kontoyianis of Baltimore; and his parents John and Grace Kontoyianis of Baltimore.

August Herrling

Retired steel worker

August Herrling, a retired grinder operator at Armco Steel's NTC East Baltimore plant, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at Riverside Convalescent Center in Newport News, Va. He was 90.

A resident of Towson for 50 years before moving to Newport News in 1988, he retired in 1971 after 33 years with Armco. Earlier, he was a barber and operated Koerner's Barber Shop on York Road.

Born into a family of 12 children, he was reared and educated in Stimpasch, Germany, and immigrated to Baltimore in 1924. He became a citizen in 1927.

"He always said that the U.S. flag was the prettiest," said his wife of 60 years, the former Elizabeth P. Schneider.

Mr. Herrling enjoyed woodworking, fishing and gardening. "He loved azaleas and planted over 70 azaleas at our Willow Avenue home," Mrs. Herrling said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where he was a communicant for 50 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Judy Goetz of Bel Air and Barbara Novotny of Gloucester Point, Va.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

E. William Hall Sr.

Methodist minister

The Rev. E. William Hall Sr., a retired United Methodist minister, died March 14 of heart failure at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. He was 79 and lived in Williamsport, where he was born.

He retired in 1980 after five years at Catonsville United Methodist Church. He had served many other churches in the Baltimore and Washington areas since 1940, when he was ordained and assigned to what was then the Great Falls Circuit in the Baynesville area.

He became superintendent of the Washington Southeast District 1968 and, in 1969, became superintendent of the Baltimore Northeast District, a post he held until 1973.

He graduated from Williamsport High School in 1933, Washington College in Chestertown in 1937 and Westminster Theological Seminary in 1940.

In 1960, Western Maryland College awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity degree.

After retiring, he assisted the pastor of Williamsport United Methodist Church, which gave him the honorary title of pastor emeritus and where a memorial service was planned for 2 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Louise Nicholson; two sons, E. William Hall Jr. of Timonium and James Nicholson Hall of Miami; and three grandchildren.

Jeanne T. Nelson

Lutherville homemaker

Jeanne T. Nelson, a Lutherville homemaker and golfer at several area clubs for many years, died Friday of cancer at her home.

Mrs. Nelson, who was 71, had belonged to the Country Club of Maryland for the past 30 years.

She had been a member of several different golf clubs, including the Pine Ridge Golf Club, the Worthington Valley Country Club and the Rolling Road Golf Club.

Born Jeanne Travers and educated in Nanticoke, Wicomico County, she attended Salisbury State College. In the 1940s, she attended Baltimore Business College at night while working at what was then Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

In 1947, she and Robert L. Nelson were married. After a three-year stay in Cleveland while Mr. Nelson worked on construction of the Ohio Turnpike, they returned to Baltimore in 1955 and bought their present Lutherville home. They enjoyed ++ traveling.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Ridgely Road, Lutherville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Robert L. Nelson Jr. and Steven T. Nelson, both of Towson; a sister, Elizabeth Browning of New Castle, Del.; a brother, Robert Travers of Pensacola, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Ellen Peck, 52, a former Baltimore teacher who became an author and syndicated newspaper columnist and lived in New York since the early 1980s, died there of cancer March 15.

She came to Baltimore in 1965 and taught for a time at Pimlico Junior High School before writing a best-selling book, "How to Get a Teen-Age Boy and What to Do With Him When You Get Him" in 1969. In the 1970s, she wrote a column for teen-agers, called "The Column," which appeared in The Sun and The Sunday Sun and other papers.

Her later books on social issues included "The Baby Trap." In 1972, she founded the National Organization for Non-Parents.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 3 at Epiphany Roman Catholic Church in her hometown of Normal, Ill.

She is survived by her parents, C. M. and Genevieve Remsburg of Normal, and a sister, Sue Bassett of Laurel. Her marriage to William A. Peck ended in divorce.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Greenpeace, 1436 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009.

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