Leon J. Ference, 78 postal supervisorLeon J....


Leon J. Ference, 78 postal supervisor

Leon J. Ference, a lifelong Baltimore resident and a retired U.S. Postal Service supervisor, died April 9 at Good Samaritan Hospital after a heart attack. He was 78.

Born in Canton, he graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and was an office manager for several years at Modrak Transportation.

He joined the Army in 1941 and served during World War II with an artillery battalion in North Africa and Europe. A decorated combat veteran, he was discharged in 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant.

After the war, he went to work for the Postal Service, retiring more than 40 years later as a supervisor at the main post office on Fayette Street.

In 1952, he married Frances Chaplin, who died in 1993.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 408 S. Chester St.

He is survived by two sisters, Marcianna Maxwell and Dorothy Saxon, both of Baltimore; and several nephews and nieces.

Wilbert N. Ward, 75, school system engineer

Wilbert Nicholas Ward, a retired stationary engineer in the Baltimore school system who sang in three church choirs, died of lung cancer Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 75.

The lifelong Baltimore resident attended city schools and was a presser at a local laundry before joining the Navy during World War II. He was a boatswain's mate and shore patrolman from 1943 though 1946.

After the war, he was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service until about 1960, when he went to work for the school system. He retired in 1983.

He was a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in West Baltimore, where he sang in the Senior Choir, the Brotherhood Choir and the W. A. Richardson Choir.

In 1950, he married Edmonia Dixon, who died in 1986.

Funeral services will be at noon today at Bethel AME Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

He is survived by two sons, Cedric and Mark Ward; two stepsons, Richard and Ronald Arter; two sisters, Elizabeth Carter and Esther Shields; and two brothers, John and Anderson Ward, all of the Baltimore area; another brother, his twin, William Ward of Philadelphia; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Paul R. Poffenberger, 83, UM agriculture professor

Dr. Paul R. Poffenberger,, professor emeritus in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland at College Park, died of pneumonia April 5 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He was 83.

The Silver Spring resident retired in 1981. That year, an endowed scholarship in his name was established at the College of Agriculture.

The native of Beaver Creek in Washington County earned bachelor's and master's degrees at UM and a Ph.D. from American University in 1953.

Services were held Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Gladys Leonard; two daughters, Gail P. Yeiser of Arnold and Linda P. Foreman of Durham, N.C.; two brothers, Charles C. Poffenberger of Hagerstown and G. Kenneth Poffenberger of Smithsburg; two sisters, Nellie Poffenberger of Hagerstown and Florence Higman Smithsburg; and four grandchildren.

Gladys Emrich Tucker, 97, Guilford homemaker

Gladys Elizabeth Emrich Tucker, a homemaker who was known for her newsy letters to family and friends, died last Monday of respiratory failure at her Guilford residence. She was 97.

Her hand-written letters contained family news and her views on Baltimore's present and past.

The former Gladys E. Emrich was born and raised in Roland Park. She was a 1915 graduate of Western High School.

She was married for 70 years to Brison C. Tucker, a banker and a founder of the Baltimore Civic Opera Co. He died in 1991.

Services were held April 11. Survivors include a son, Michael B. C. Tucker of Ruxton; a daughter, Elizabeth Lee Ellinghaus of Guilford; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Patricia O'Reilly,57, a Parkville resident and a licensed practical nurse since 1959, died of cancer March 29 at Union Memorial Hospital.

In 1961, the former Patricia Tull, a Baltimore native, married Robert J. O'Reilly Sr., who survives her. The couple divorced in 1977.

A memorial Mass was offered Tuesday. Other survivors include two sons, Robert J. O'Reilly Jr. of Lantana, Fla., and Frederick A. O'Reilly of Lake Worth, Fla.; a daughter, Kathi Davis of Houston; her father, John Tull of Knoxville, Tenn.; two grandsons; and a granddaughter.

Bethany "Beth" Anne Balasic,15, a Severna Park High School honors student and athlete, died April 5 in an automobile accident in Severna Park.

She was born in Flemington, N.J., and raised in nearby Clinton, N.J. Her family moved to Severna Park in 1987.

She was a member of her school's field hockey, lacrosse, basketball and softball teams; the Green Hornets, a Severna Park athletic organization; and St. John's Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

Survivors include her parents, Paul Balasic and Claudia Struff Balasic, both of Severna Park; two brothers, Jonathan and Christopher Balasic, at home; her grandmothers, Pauline Balasic Keysbey, N.J., and Irene Struff of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Carol Bond, 92, a retired truck driver and longtime resident of the Barclay community in Northeast Baltimore, died of heart failure Saturday at Sinai Hospital.

He enjoyed fishing and was on the board of trustees at St. Matthews United Methodist Church where services were held April 11.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lucy Bond; a nephew, Harry Frederick, and a niece, Olivia Wilson, both of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 4/15/96

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