W. Koppleman Jr.Real estate agentWalter Koppleman Jr.,...


W. Koppleman Jr.

Real estate agent

Walter Koppleman Jr., a retired commercial and industrial real estate agent, died Monday of prostate cancer at his Lutherville residence. He was 79.

Mr. Koppleman had been associated with Mid-Atlantic Properties Inc., and earlier was vice president in the Baltimore office of Walker & Dunlop Inc., mortgage bankers. In 1964, he was president of the Baltimore Mortgage Bankers' Association.

Growing up in Guilford, he graduated from Gilman School, where he played lacrosse and varsity football. He attended Haverford College.

He enlisted in the 110th Field Artillery of the Maryland National Guard in 1940 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers in 1942. He served in Europe and was promoted to captain and awarded the Bronze Star before his discharge at the end of World War II. He enjoyed sailing.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Barbara Rouse May Tschudi; three sons, Walter Koppleman III of Hampstead, Jay Van Cortlandt Koppleman of Glyndon and Baker Rouse Koppleman of San Diego; a brother, John Van C. Koppleman of Roland Park; two sisters, Grace K. McCabe of Towson and Sarah K. Banks of Cockeysville; and two grandsons.

A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Carrollton and Boyce avenues, Ruxton, where he was a member.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Marfan Foundation, 382 Main St., Port Washington, N.Y. 11050; or to the chapel fund of St. Paul's School, 11152 Falls Road, Brooklandville 21022. Catherine R. "Kate" Moscati, who was a rectory housekeeper for many years at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church on Park Heights Avenue, died Wednesday of heart failure at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Catonsville. She was 96.

She was born Catherine D'Antoni and, in 1916, married Joseph Moscati, a tailor, who operated a shop at 15 E. Read St. until his death in 1941.

After his death, she went to work at St. Ambrose, where in addition to her housekeeping duties she supervised the cafeteria during the popular summer carnivals at the church. She worked for four pastors there before retiring in 1972.

"She was a very wonderful and kind person who was a good worker," said Anthony Walker of Annapolis, a former priest who had been on the staff of St. Ambrose. "She was very well thought of."

She moved to Reisterstown in 1979, was active in several senior citizen groups and was a senior aide to the Baltimore County Department of Aging. The South Baltimore native had graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane in Glyndon.

She is survived by three sons, Anthony F. Moscati of Baldwin, Joseph J. Moscati of Reisterstown and Robert W. Moscati of Woodlawn; three daughters, Irene Taylor of Springfield, Ark., Sister Mary Ernestine of Annapolis and Eunice Henritz of Ocean View, Del.; 24 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Rodney T. Farris

Motorcycle racer

Rodney T. Farris, a professional motorcycle racer who lived most of his life in Cockeysville, died Sunday at University Hospital in St. Louis of injuries sustained while competing in a race in DuQuoin, Ill. He was 32.

"He won his heat, led a good part of his race when he fell off his bike and bounced off the hay bales and was hit by another motorcyclist," said H. S. Taylor White IV of Monkton, who began riding bikes with Mr. Farris when both of them were 11.

Mr. Farris, a 1981 Dulaney High School graduate, had been racing for 14 years and was considered one of the top 10 racers in the country. At his death, he was ranked No. 5 by the American Motorcycle Association.

"We started riding bikes together and later dirt bikes and started competing at tracks in Hanover, Pa., Dorsey and Milford, Del.," said Mr. White.

For the past three years, Mr. Farris has lived in Winchester, Va. He competed on an XR-750 Harley-Davidson on the American Motorcycle Association Grand National Dirt Track circuit, which stretches from Florida to California. Mr. White described him as a "phenomenal rider" who often would reach speeds of 130 mph during his heats.

"Farris may have been considered 'nuts' by many. But who could blame them? Throughout his career, the Marylander . . . had proven to be one of the most aggressive, hardest-charging racers on the circuit. The line between control and recklessness is a fine one, and Farris knows it well," said Cycle News in 1994.

"He had a flamboyant style that was interesting to watch," said Mr. Taylor. "Rodney was a good person who was very friendly and loved by all the motorcycle people."

Services are planned for 11 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

He is survived by his father, Norman S. Farris of Dundalk; his mother, Mable G. Caris of Milton, Fla.; a brother, Wilson S. Kidwell of Dundalk; a step-brother, Robert D. Caris Jr. of Milton; his step-father, Robert D. Caris Sr. of Milton; and three step-sisters, Linda Caris of Virginia Beach, Va., Teresa Sigda of Chesapeake Va., and Roberta Twiford of Portsmouth, Va.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, 20852.

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