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Vernon C. Chester Shipyard welder


Vernon C. Chester, a retired welder, died Monday at the Northwest Hospital center from complications of a stroke. The Pikesville resident was 82.

Mr. Chester retired in 1975 as a welding supervisor for the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., which he joined in 1940. He also was a maintenance worker at the B&O; Building at Baltimore and Charles streets for many of those years.

Born in Cambridge, he had been a policeman there in the late 1930s.

He was a former member of the Prince Hall Masons, and a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, Poplar Grove and Prospect streets, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Survivors include his wife, the former Louise Littlejohn; and three children, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild, all of Baltimore.

Dr. Michael Roochvarg, 88, who retired in 1976 after 35 years as an optometrist in New Jersey and moved to Baltimore in 1989, died Sunday at Sinai Hospital of heart failure. He was active in the Jewish community of Essex County, N.J., and taught in Hebrew schools there. After moving to Baltimore, he was a member of Beit Tikvah Congregation. Services were held Tuesday. His wife of 40 years, the former Ida Tulchinsky, died in 1981. He is survived by a daughter, Bless Young of La Canada, Calif.; a son, Elias Roochvarg of Randallstown, who is cantor of Beth Israel Congregation; a sister, Simcha Vardi of Ein Hashofet, Israel; and two grandsons.

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