Raymond P. Mazza, 67, Balto. County teacherRaymond...


Raymond P. Mazza, 67, Balto. County teacher

Raymond P. Mazza, a longtime Baltimore County instrumental music teacher, died of cancer Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. The Rosedale resident was 67.

A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Mr. Mazza was a graduate of Steelton High School in Pennsylvania and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. He received a master's degree from the Peabody Institute.

In 1950, Mazza married the former Lena Mae Baker and moved to Baltimore. That year, as a member of a Marine Corps Reserve unit, Mazza was called to active duty in Korea, where he was awarded a Purple Heart.

Upon returning to Baltimore in 1952, Mazza began teaching instrumental music in Baltimore County schools. "He taught thousands of students over the years," Mrs. Mazza said.

He spent most of his career teaching at Mars Estates Elementary School in Essex and McCormick Elementary School in Rosedale. He retired in 1983.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 2 Willow Ave., Overlea, at 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow.

Other survivors include two sons, Jack R. Mazza of Rosedale and David M. Mazza of Overlea; a daughter, Kay Wolff of Fawn Grove, Pa.; a sister, Eleanor Sobiski of Glen Burnie; and seven grandchildren.

John W. Blake, 59, MTA bus driver

John W. Blake, a longtime Mass Transit Administration bus driver, died Friday from complications of diabetes at Maryland General Hospital. He was 59.

A lifelong resident of South Baltimore, Mr. Blake attended public schools there. After graduating from Carver High School, he worked for about 10 years as a truck driver, delivering paint for Heubeck Paint and Varnish Co.

In 1967, he became a bus driver and worked on the No. 36 line, which ran from The Alameda to University of Maryland Medical Center downtown. After 22 years as a driver, Mr. Blake worked as a subway station attendant for two years, retiring in 1991 from the Charles Center station.

Relatives say that for years, Mr. Blake was regarded as one of the best roller skaters in South Baltimore, where he traversed city streets on skates.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. today at St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church, 775 W. Hamburg St., Baltimore.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Patricia H. Blake; three sons, John W. Blake, John and Sean Blake of South Baltimore; seven daughters, Rebecca Levroney, Joan Blake, Jaquetta Blake, Wendy Blake, Jean Thomas, Annette Gatson, Anita Blake, all of South Baltimore; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Charles R. Wittman, 84, federal hydrographer

Charles R. Wittman, retired chief hydrographer for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration lTC (NOAA) and creator of the original "Guide for Cruising Maryland Waters," died May 14 at a nursing home in Solomons of complications of a stroke. He was 84.

The 30-year resident of Lusby began his career in cartography in the 1930s as flight chief on the first photographic and survey mission that recorded the Western states. He was chief cartographer of the Coast and Geodesic Survey until 1958, when he began working for NOAA. He retired in 1966.

He was recognized for his work as a hydrographer -- the science of mapping the surface waters of the earth -- and received NOAA's Bronze Medal for his contributions to bathymetry, the measurement of the depths of the world's oceans and seas.

Born and raised in Washington and New York City, where his father was a chef for the Vanderbilt family, Mr. Wittman graduated from high school in Washington.

He was an artist who enjoyed painting in oils and watercolors. He also flew his plane and for a number of years operated a charter boat business in Deale.

A private memorial service will be held at sea.

He married Eleanor A. Buchholtz, who died in 1992.

He is survived by two sons, Ronald C. Wittman of Lusby and Robert J. Wittman of Forest Hill; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

Manohar Singh, 72, helped found Sikh house of worship

Manohar Singh, a government official in India who helped establish the Sikh Gurudwara, the faith's house of worship and library in Randallstown, died Wednesday of cancer at Church Hospital in Baltimore. The Cockeysville resident was 72.

He began his career in India in 1947 as a government revenue officer. After the partition of India by the British, he settled in the section of Punjab state that remained with India in 1948. He retired as deputy secretary to the finance minister of Punjab in 1984.

"The partition was a terrible nightmare, and he took an active part in providing succor to the suffering and helped with the proper resettlement of the refugees," said Prabhjot S. Kohli, associate trustee of the Sikh Gurudwara in Randallstown.

He left Punjab in 1992 and came to Baltimore with his wife to live with their son, Dr. Bhupinder Singh, a urologist.

After settling here, he joined the Sikh Association of Baltimore Inc. and helped establish the Sikh Gurudwara.

"He enjoyed teaching the youth about the precept of Sikhism and preached tolerance for all religions. He was a positive role model for the community," Mr. Kohli said.

Mr. Singh was born in Mombasa, Kenya. When he was a child, his family moved to Punjab, where he was educated.

Services were held yesterday at the Sikh Gurudwara.

Other survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Mohinter Kaur; a daughter, Balvinder Kaur of Ontario, Canada; two brothers, Gurmulch and Mohan Singh, both of London; two sisters, Harbans Kaur of Patiala, India, and Khushwant Kaur of Ludhiana, India; and four grandchildren.

Pub Date: 5/28/96

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