Herbert N. Warzecha
Herbert N. Warzecha, retired illustrator at Aberdeen Proving Ground, died July 20 of cancer at Fallston General Hospital. He was 59 and lived in Aberdeen.
He was born in Gliwice, Silesia, Poland, which was then a part of Germany. He was reared in Erding, Germany, and studied commercial art before coming to the United States as a young man in 1957, and settling in Columbus, Ohio.
He was a movie theater projector operator in Columbus for a year before serving in the Army from 1958 until 1966. That year, he went to work for the Department of Defense as an illustrator.
Mr. Warzecha became chief of the Media Production Branch of the Ordnance Center and School at APG in 1981 and retired in September. He won several awards and commendations, including a presidential citation, for his work.
Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Helene Strzeja; a son, Gary Warzecha of Aberdeen; a daughter, Janet Warzecha Shenk of Aberdeen; three brothers, Klaus Warzecha of Neufahrn, Germany, and Gunther and Hans Warzecha, both of Erding; a sister, Crista Williams, of Fairfield, Calif.; and two grandsons.
Donald W. Purcell
WWII, Korea veteran
Donald W. Purcell, a Marine veteran who fought in World War II and Korea, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Salisbury. He was 68.
During World War II, Mr. Purcell served with the 1st Marine Division as a machine gunner and participated in the battles of Guam and Iwo Jima, where he earned a battle star.
He was discharged as a private in 1946. After working at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant and as a postal worker, he was recalled to active duty in 1948 and served with the 3rd Marine Division in Korea. There, he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart and three battle stars. He was discharged in 1952 with the rank of lance corporal.
Mr. Purcell, a former Towson resident, worked for several years selling homes for the Joseph Meyerhoff Co. In 1959, he joined the Chesapeake Cadillac Co. in Baltimore as a salesman. He retired in 1989 as sales manager of the dealership, then located on Charles Street, and moved to Salisbury.
He was a member of the Eagles Nest Country Club, the Baltimore City Lions Club, the Salisbury Lions Club, the Salisbury Power Boat Squadron and Grace English Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the advisory board.
The Dundalk native was a graduate of Sparrows Point High School and attended Loyola College.
Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road, Fullerton.
His marriage to the former Evelyn M. Young ended in divorce.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, the former Joan Lampe; two sons, Timothy A. Purcell of Parkville and William D. Purcell of Perry Hall; two daughters, Lisa T. Douglas of San Diego and Amy D. Wright of Guerneville, Calif.; a brother, Vernon E. Purcell of Slanesville, W.Va.; a sister, Joyce G. Kwasnik of Rising Sun; and five grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury 21801.
Katharine F. King, 98, who taught English in Baltimore City schools, died July 19 of congestive heart failure at Broadmead, the Cockeysville retirement community.
A memorial service for the former Katharine Frank, a native of Baltimore and graduate of Western High School and Goucher College, was to be held at 4 p.m. today at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.
Her husband, Samuel King, died in 1952. She had no close surviving relatives.