Delores StithMaryland Glass inspectorDelores Stith, a retired...


Delores Stith

Maryland Glass inspector

Delores Stith, a retired inspector for Maryland Glass Co. who did church and charitable work, died Monday of cancer at her home in Northwest Baltimore. She was 70.

Mrs. Stith retired in 1980 after about 25 years with Maryland Glass.

She was born Delores Stancil in Baltimore and educated in public schools.

At Zion Baptist Church on North Caroline Street, she was TC member of the Junior Missionaries and the Gospel Chorus. She had belonged to the East Baltimore Girls Choir.

At Mount Carmel Baptist Church, she chaired the Hospitality Committee and was a member of the women's and gospel choirs and the Missionary Society.

She worked with the homeless and hungry through the Gospel Messengers Outreach Center founded by her sister, the Rev. Geraldine S. James of Baltimore.

Services were to be held at 7:30 p.m. today at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 212 E. 25th St.

Other survivors include her husband, Gordon A. Stith; two daughters, Mildred Brickers of Pikesville and the Rev. Cynthia Stith of London; three sons, Dennis R. Stancil Sr. of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Charles A. and Russell E. Stith, both of Baltimore; three more sisters, Theresa Bailey and Pearl Woingust, both of Baltimore, and the Rev. Shirley Carrington of Edgewater; two brothers, Clifton R. Stancil of Baltimore and Gerald M. Stancil of East Orange, N.J.; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Jean E. Combs, who taught reading and English at Archbishop Curley High School for nearly a dozen years, died Tuesday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The Lutherville resident was 61.

Mrs. Combs taught social studies in public junior and senior high schools in Baltimore between 1956 and 1963.

She was born Jean E. Eckert in Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School and Gettysburg College. She held a master's degree from Towson State University.

She was a member of International Reading Association and other professional groups.

Services for Mrs. Combs were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8601 Valleyfield Road in Lutherville.

She is survived by her husband, Richard R. Combs; three sons, Mark H. Combs of Damascus, Jeff Combs of Catonsville and Bruce D. Combs of Atlanta; and a brother, H. Raymond Eckert of Oak Island, N.C.

Memorial donations may be made to Youth Ministries at the church or to the Memorial Scholarship Fund at Archbishop Curley High School.

James F. Sutton


James F. Sutton, retired treasurer of the Marine Division of the Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Tuesday of cancer at a nursing home in Tarpon Springs, Fla. He was 77.

Mr. Sutton moved to Tarpon Springs after he retired in 1979. He had worked in the Marine Division for 40 years in New York City, Sparrows Point and Bethlehem, Pa.

He served in the Army during World War II.

Born in Baltimore, he attended City College before moving to New York with his family, and graduated from high school and college there.

A service was to be held today at Tarpon Springs Chapel of the North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bel Air Memorial Gardens in Harford County.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred Lent; three sons, Jim Sutton of Baltimore, Robert Sutton of Shrewsbury, Pa., and Thomas Sutton of Overland Park, Kan.; a brother, William R. Sutton of Red Lion, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

Carl A. Hoffman

Coast Guard civilian

Carl A. Hoffman, retired chief administrative officer at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at North Arundel Hospital. He was 81.

Mr. Hoffman, who lived in Severna Park for 28 years, retired in 1969. He had been a civilian employee at the yard since 1934 after he completed a three-year tour of duty in the Coast Guard.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised in Locust Point and Brooklyn Park, and was a graduate of Glen Burnie High School and the Baltimore Business College.

He was a member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Severna Park, and, earlier, St. John's Lutheran Church in Brooklyn.

Services were to be held at noon today at Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road in Severna Park.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Dorothy Beckwith; two sons, Lawrence Hoffman of Millersville and Alan Hoffman of Ocean Pines; a brother, Henry Fischer of Brooklyn Park; and three grandchildren.

Jane H. Jones

Dress designer

Jane Hubbell Jones, a homemaker and dress designer, died May 15 of Alzheimer's disease at her home in Ruxton. She was 80.

She did needlepoint and was well-known throughout the Baltimore area for her custom-made bridal gowns, dresses and men's suits.

She was born Jane Hubbell in Milwaukee and raised in Oak Park, Ill., where she graduated from high school in 1934. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Smith College in 1938 .

She married Robert B. Jones Jr., a radio executive, in 1940. They moved to Baltimore in 1953. Mr. Jones, who was later vice president and general manager of WFBR, died in 1979.

Mrs. Jones was active for many years in the Junior League, and was president of the Smith College Club of Baltimore and chaired the group's annual book sale. She was a member of L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton.

A memorial service was to be held at 11 a.m. today at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road.

She is survived by a son, Jeffrey C. Jones of Blue Bell, Pa.; a daughter, Sarah Grace Jones of Towson; and a grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to Smith College Club of Baltimore, Scholarship Fund, 7916 Rustling Bark Court, Ellicott City 21043.

James F. Hart Jr.

Construction executive

James F. Hart Jr., a retired construction company vice president, died Monday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 81.

Mr. Hart, who had lived in Guilford, had been a resident of the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville since 1992.

He retired in 1978 after a 16-year career as a vice president of Baltimore Contractors Inc. Earlier, he had been a sales representative for United Clay & Supply Corp. for 25 years.

Mr. Hart was born and raised in Roland Park, and was a 1932 graduate of McDonogh School. He was a 1937 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he played lacrosse with his twin brother, George C. Hart of Broadmead.

During World War II, he served in the Pacific as an Army artillery officer, and was a member of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's staff during the occupation of Japan. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of major.

He had been a member of the citizens advisory board of Montebello State Hospital, and treasurer and board member of the Kidney Foundation of Maryland and Goodwill Industries of Maryland.

Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Lillian Staub; a son, James F. Hart III of Baltimore; a nephew; and several nieces.

Karl F. Gerhard

Research physicist

Karl F. Gerhard, a retired research physicist, died Monday of cancer at the White Marsh home of his sister. He was 79 and lived in Crofton.

Mr. Gerhard retired from the headquarters of the Army Materiel Command in the Washington area in 1970. He began working for the Army during World War II.

The Philadelphia native earned a bachelor's degree in physics at St. Joseph University there in 1937.

He was a former racing commodore of the Alberg 30 Club at the Annapolis Yacht Club, and was a part-time sailing instructor at the Naval Academy.

His wife of nearly 50 years, the former Jeanette Bowe, died in 1990.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Gerhard was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Crofton.

He is survived by his sister, Marie Gerhard Parr; three nephews, Daniel Parr of Scaggsville, Eric Parr of Silver Spring and Stephen Parr of Ann Arbor, Mich.; a niece, Mary Gerhard Clements of Crystal Lake, Ill.; and a friend, Joyce Campot of Falls Church, Va.

Joseph M. Waters, 80, a retired machinist, died Monday of complications of diabetes at a hospital in Tampa, Fla., where he had moved from Halethorpe 10 months ago.

Born in Tower City, Pa., and raised in Leesburg, Va., he came to Baltimore as a young man. He retired in 1976 from Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. shipyard, where he had worked for 36 years.

Graveside services were held yesterday. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary "Tillie" Bremsteller; a stepdaughter, Karen Ferguson of Baltimore; a stepson, William J. Duvall of Tampa; and a grandson.

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