Arnold F. VernarelliArmy lieutenant colonelRetired Army Lt....


Arnold F. Vernarelli

Army lieutenant colonel

Retired Army Lt. Col. Arnold F. Vernarelli died Monday of congestive heart failure at the Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 78 and lived in Hamilton.

Colonel Vernarelli retired in 1978 as housekeeping supervisor at City Hospitals, a post he had held for 14 years. He had retired from the Army in 1961.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., and raised in Baltimore, he joined the Maryland National Guard and was taken into the Army when the guard was federalized during World War II.

He graduated from Officer Candidate School and saw combat as an infantry officer in Italy during World War II and Korea. His decorations included the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

A memorial Mass for Colonel Vernarelli will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Frankford Ave.

He is survived by his wife, the former Savannah Georgia Swaim; a daughter, Susan DePasquale of Bel Air; two sons, Stephen M. Vernarelli of Sedona, Ariz., and Mark A. Vernarelli of Baltimore; two brothers, John M. and Stanley Vernarelli, both of Baltimore; six sisters, Ann Welsh, Ella Reinsfelder, Edith Ireland, Mary Toutloff, Alda Finnick and Iris Donohue, all of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

John A. Huss, vice president of USF&G;'s Fidelity and Surety Northeast Division, died Monday after a heart attack at his Timonium home. He was 59.

Mr. Huss began working for USF&G; in Milwaukee in 1957 and transferred to the insurer's Baltimore headquarters in 1960.

He was a retired command sergeant major in the Maryland National Guard and had served in the Army Reserve.

A native of Marenisco, Mich., he graduated from Marquette University and earned a master's degree in business administration at Loyola College.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Texas.

He is survived by a son, John W. Huss II of Berlin; a daughter, Jenna K. Huss of Parkville; a friend, Sharon A. Hofmeister of Timonium; his mother, Lois M. Huss of Ironwood, Mich.; three brothers, James Huss of Ironwood, Jerry Huss of San Jose, Calif., and Joe Huss of Marquette, Mich.; and a sister, Joyce Myefski of Iron River, Mich.

James R. Sutton Sr., a retired postal supervisor who was active in church affairs, died Sunday of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 74 and lived in Wilson Park.

He retired in 1989 after a 15-year career at the main Baltimore post office on Fayette Street. Earlier, he was an insurance agent for North Carolina Mutual Insurance Co.

Mr. Sutton was raised in Edwardsville, Va., where he graduated from high school. He served as a technician with the Army's 343rd Quartermaster Truck Co. in Europe from 1943 until his discharge in 1945.

After the war, he moved to Baltimore and worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University in 1954 and was a substitute teacher in Baltimore public schools before working for the insurance company.

He was a member of City Temple Baptist Church, Eutaw and Dolphin streets, where he was leader of the Gospel Chorus, a member of the deacon and trustee boards, and involved in the outreach ministry.

A bass, he was a member for many years of the W. C. Richardson Singing Ministry, which toured the state performing gospel music.

Services were to be held at 7 p.m. today at City Temple Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Gladys Greene; three sons, Leon M. Sutton of St. Louis, James R. Sutton Jr. and Darryl C. Sutton, both of Baltimore; three daughters, Wanda R. and Tanya L. Sutton, both of Baltimore, and Cicely A. Taylor of Philadelphia; a brother, Matthew Sutton of Philadelphia; two sisters, Elva Slaughter of Philadelphia and Louise Harris of Edwardsville; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to the James and Gladys Sutton Endowed Scholarship Fund, Morgan State Foundation Inc., Development Hall, 201 Truth Hall, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore 21239.

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