C. A. Kuehnle Jr.Painted landmarksChristian Albert Kuehnle...


C. A. Kuehnle Jr.

Painted landmarks

Christian Albert Kuehnle Jr., a painting contractor and owner of a company that painted many area landmarks, died Thursday of cancer at Heron Point Nursing Center in Chestertown. He was 83.

He opened the Baltimore-based Kuehnle-Wilson Paints, a family business begun by his father in Philadelphia, on Calvert Street in 1939. The company, which later moved to Fort Avenue, did all the camouflage work at the Glenn L. Martin plant during World War II.

Its crews also painted the House and Senate rooms in the Capitol, the Port Welcome and the dome of the U.S. Naval Academy.

"We would drive by so many places, and my husband would say, 'I painted this,' " said Marion Kotko Kuehnle, his wife of 50 years.

The Kuehnles, who lived for many years in Baltimore County, moved to Annapolis in 1953 so Mr. Kuehnle could pursue his avocation of sailing. He was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and past commodore of the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake.

"He loved sailing and racing," Mrs. Kuehnle said. "He even did ocean racing from Newport to Annapolis."

After retiring in 1976, he became interested in carving.

"He had been mixing and making paints since he was a child," Mrs. Kuehnle said. "He used that knowledge to blend the perfect colors for his carvings."

Services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Farrington of Davie, Fla., and Gail Rowley of St. Louis; a brother, Frederick L. Kuehnle of Largo, Fla.; a sister, Leanore Lafferty of Oxford; and three grandchildren.

Thomas R. Akers


Thomas Rodenhi Akers, a Baltimore native and retired accountant, died March 26 of heart failure at Magnolia Hall Nursing Center. He was 88.

Born in 1906, he was the son of the late George Franklin Akers and Charlotte Mae Rodenhi Akers. He spent most of his life in their house on West Hamburg Street.

Mr. Akers was an accountant and bookkeeper for Koppers Co. before it was bought by General Electric. After retiring, he moved to Rock Hall.

A prolific reader who enjoyed biographies and baseball stories, Mr. Akers also was an avid writer, penning many essays in his spare time. Family members said he cherished his privacy.

A funeral and burial were to be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Paul's Cemetery in Chestertown.

He is survived by a niece, Charlotte Coleman-Squares of Rock Hall; four grandnephews; and a grandniece.

M. Irene Finch

Secretary, treasurer

M. Irene Finch, a retired secretary and treasurer at the Middleton and Meads Co., died Thursday of cancer. She was 67.

She retired in 1993 from Middleton and Meads Co., where she had worked since 1951 as a bookkeeper, secretary and treasurer. She was a secretary at Heimbach Realty from 1946 to 1951.

Born M. Irene Engelhardt, she graduated from Eastern High School in 1945 and from Baltimore Business School a year later. She had lived at her Valewood Road home for 28 years and was a member of the St. Johns Oldtimers, a neighborhood group.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., today at 9 a.m.

She is survived by her husband, James J. Finch of Baltimore; her mother, Irene Brandt of Baltimore; a sister, Charlotte Amee of Maine; a brother-in-law, John Finch of Berlin; a sister-in-law, Eileen Bain of Laurel; and several nieces and nephews. James F. Black, a Baltimore entrepreneur and volunteer, died Friday of cancer at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 83.

Mr. Black owned and operated the Parkville Trucking Co., the Colony Trucking Co. and Shady Park Trailer, an Essex trailer park. He retired in 1972 to accompany his wife, the former Tessie Matichak, to Saudi Arabia, where she was an administrator at King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh. In the three years the couple spent in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Black developed transportation and fire prevention systems for the hospital.

Born in Baltimore in 1911, Mr. Black attended Baltimore City College before entering the Navy. After returning from Saudi Arabia, he volunteered with disabled children and remained active in the Wesley United Methodist Church in Highlandtown.

He enjoyed classical music, reading news journals and ballroom dancing.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Black is survived by two daughters from a previous marriage, Mary Louise Fackler of Texas and Jean Burkhart of Florida; two sisters, Media Matz of Pennsylvania and Anne Sherwood of Dundalk.

The family will receive visitors from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Loring Byers Chapel on 8728 Liberty Road and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Margotta Funeral Home in Peckville, Pa. A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew's Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Blakely, Pa.

Jeroline Adams, 42, a benefits authorizer for the Social Security Administration, died Tuesday of cancer at her Woodlawn home.

A 1969 graduate of Northwestern High School, the former Jeroline Boston also served in the Army Reserves.

Services were to be held at noon today at Grace A.M.E. Church on Winters Lane.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Adams; and a son, Michael M. C. Adams; her mother and stepfather, Jeroline F. and Albert Booker of Baltimore; her father, Stanley Boston of Baltimore; a sister, Christine A. Boston of Germantown; two brothers, G. Marcus Boston of Catonsville and Christopher R. Boston of Clinton; a stepbrother; and two stepsisters.

Jeffrey Mark Byers, 46, a mail clerk and Vietnam veteran, died of lung cancer Friday night. The Arbutus resident was a mail room supervisor for 12 years at Masters, Mates and Pilots, the merchant marine training center in Linthicum. He graduated from Lansdowne Senior High School in 1967 and attended Salem College in West Virginia.

"He loved baseball and collected baseball hats. We're asking that everyone attending the funeral wear a baseball hat. He would have liked that," said his sister, Candis Byers Brewster of Arbutus.

In addition to his sister, he is survived by two nephews.

Visitation will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Ambrose Funeral Home, 1328 Sulphur Spring Road in Arbutus. Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow and a burial will follow at Loudon Park Cemetery.

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