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Sidney I. Esterson

School director

Sidney I. Esterson, who headed Hebrew schools in Baltimore, died Wednesday of heart failure at his home in Hallandale, Fla. He was 93.

Dr. Esterson was educational director of the Beth Jacob Hebrew school and center from 1948 until his retirement in 1970. From 1925 until 1946, he was principal of the independent Isaac Davidson Hebrew School.

For many years, he also taught and was director of the Department of Information and Research at what is now the Baltimore Hebrew University. He also had studied at the school and had been a member of the first class to receive teachers' diplomas, in 1923, and of the first class, in 1924, to receive bachelor of Hebrew letters degrees.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of City College and, in 1924, of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was also awarded a doctorate in Semitics in 1931.

Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

His wife, the former Rose Abramowitz, died in 1993. He is survived by three daughters, Lonna E. Kahn of Prairie Village, Kan., Judith E. Chernak of Pikesville and Marilyn E. Stern of Tampa, Fla.; a son, Dr. Joseph B. Esterson of Hollywood, Fla.; a sister, Bessie Esterson of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ella Mae Gayles, a retired grocery store cashier and churchwoman, died Sunday of complications from arterial disease at Mercy Medical Center. She was 62.

The lifelong West Baltimore resident began working in 1956 for the old Penn Fruit Co. grocery store in Mondawmin Mall and retired last year from Basics in Brooklyn as head cashier.

She was a member of Baltimore's Macedonia Baptist Church and was recognized at the church's 120th anniversary dinner in 1994 as a 50-year parishioner. She was a member of the seior choir, the Junior Missionary Society and the usher board.

The former Ella Mae Williams was a 1951 graduate of Douglass High School. The same year, she married Ernest E. Gayles, a Korean War veteran and teacher who died in 1971.

Services for Mrs. Gayles were to be held at noon today at 'D Macedonia Baptist Church, Fremont and Lafayette avenues.

Survivors include a son, Ernest Edward Gayles Jr. of Baltimore; three daughters, Rhonda White and Patricia Ann Gayles, both of Baltimore, and Lynette Hancock of Edgewood; three sisters, Mary C. Gethers and Frances M. Williams, both of Baltimore, and Ruth C. Marsh of Flower Mound, Texas; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Donnie Mack Brown Lawson, a supervisor in the technical support department of The Baltimore Sun Co., died Monday , the day before his 43rd birthday, of liver failure at St. Agnes Hospital.

Mr. Lawson, a Woodlawn resident, began working for the publishing company in 1984 as a computer hardware support specialist. At the time of his death, he was post press hardware support supervisor.

Born and raised in West Baltimore, he earned an associate's degree in electronics engineering technology from Devry Institute of Technology in Atlanta. From 1979 to 1984, he was an Air Force electronics and computer specialist, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Services for Mr. Lawson were to be held at noon today at Pleasant Rock Baptist Church, 68 S. Kossuth St.

He is survived by his wife of four years, the former Denise Milbourne; a son, Donnie Marlon Brando Lawson; two stepdaughters, Nichelle Jones and Olivia Lee, both of Woodlawn; three brothers, Willy, Stevie and Gregory Lawson; a sister, Margaret Lawson; and his mother, Margaret Lawson of Baltimore.

Charles A. Frick Jr.

Building inspector

Charles A. Frick Jr., a retired Baltimore building inspector, died Tuesday after a heart attack at his home in Trappe, where he had lived since 1986. He was 73.

Mr. Frick, who retired in 1983, had worked for a time in his father's contracting business after serving in the Army during World War II.

The Westminster native was a 1940 graduate of Westminster High School.

Services for Mr. Frick were to be held at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road.

His wife of 50 years, the former Mary Agnes Smith, died in 1993. He is survived by two daughters, Carole A. Glass of Abingdon and Laura E. Abbott of Finksburg; a sister, Yvonne Hubbard of Pikesville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Judith N. Derkocz

Burn center nurse

Judith Nancy Derkocz, a nurse at the burn center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, died Tuesday at St. Agnes Hospital after a heart attack. She was 53 and lived in Glen Burnie.

Miss Derkocz had worked at Bayview for nearly 10 years. For 20 years before that, she was a pediatric nurse at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. She also had worked at Easton Hospital in Easton, Pa., and was a 1963 graduate of its nursing school.

She was a native of Palmerston, Pa., where her parents, Peter and Mary Derkocz live. Survivors also include a sister, JoAnn Brich of Virginia Beach, Va.; two nephews; and a niece.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

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