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Theresa Merritt, 86, private duty nurse

Theresa J. D. Merritt, a private duty nurse who was known for helping underprivileged children, died Thursday of complications of pneumonia at University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 86 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Although she and her husband raised 16 children of their own in their home on Elmont Avenue, she always seemed to find time to help or mentor a needy child.

"She became known as the 'Mother Teresa of Baltimore' [because] she helped children over the years. She made sure that kids stayed in school and if they needed something, she made sure they got it," said a son, the Rev. Delano Michael Merritt of Baltimore.

Mrs. Merritt's work with children earned her citations from Mayors Thomas D'Alesandro III, William Donald Schaefer and Kurt L. Schmoke, Mr. Merritt said.

The former Theresa Juanita Dyson was born in Baltimore and was a 1925 graduate of Douglass High School. In 1927, she married Bertram T. Merritt, a former city police officer who later worked for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland. He died in 1976.

Mrs. Merritt began her nursing career in 1962 and was working as a private duty nurse at the time of her death.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. today at First Apostolic Faith Church, 27 S. Caroline St. in Baltimore.

She is survived by four other sons, Timothy Theodore and Renaldo Merritt, both of Baltimore, Andre Merritt of Wilmington, Del., and Theron J. C. Merritt of San Diego; eight daughters, Naomi Mason, Dr. Deborah Claxton, Amelita Toomer, Alethia Shaw, Esther Chapple, Lenoa Showell and Eunice Finch, all of Baltimore, and Ruth Lee of Detroit; a sister, Alethia Champer of Baltimore; 60 grandchildren; 78 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

Catherine E. W. Bowe, 75, Sears sales associate

Catherine E. W. Bowe, a retired Sears Roebuck and Co. sales associate, died Friday of cancer at Maryland General Hospital. The West Baltimore resident was 75.

Mrs. Bowe retired in 1989 from Sears' Security Square Mall store, where she had worked for 30 years.

She was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Baltimore. She also was a member of the Sears Roebuck Retirees' Association, the Windsor Hills Neighborhood Association and the Waxter Senior Center.

The former Catherine E. Williams, who was born in Culpepper, Va., graduated from Baltimore's Douglass High School. In 1939, she married William E. Bowe, who died in 1960.

Services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. today at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 3202 W. North Ave.

She is survived by a son, William E. Bowe Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Brenda Bowe Johnson of Owings Mills and Coretha E. Bowe of Baltimore; two brothers, Solomon L. Williams of Landover and John Williams of Orange, Va.; a sister, Eula Douglas of Washington; and a granddaughter. Howard G. Schirmer, a retired insurance sales manager and World War II veteran, died of complications from a bacterial infection Thursday at Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 74 and lived in Royal Oak.

The Baltimore native graduated from Baltimore City College and attended Loyola College and the University of Baltimore law school. He joined the Army in 1942 during World War II and served three years in the 94th Infantry Division in Germany. He then served nine years with the 80th Airborne Division.

After he was discharged, he returned to Baltimore and became an underwriter for the Fidelity & Guaranty Fire Corp.

In 1953, he became an office manager with the Howard N. Gorman Insurance Agency in Easton. Ten years later, he switched to Nationwide Insurance Co. and became district sales manager in Jacksonville, Fla., and West Palm Beach, Fla. He returned to Easton in 1975 and was a sales manager for Nationwide until he retired in 1982.

He was a member of the Elks Club, the Edge Creek Boat Club, and the Izaac Walton League, a conservation group. He also wrote a weekly fishing column for the Star Democrat, a daily newspaper in Easton.

In 1945, he married Beatrice Warehime, who survives him.

A private service will be held.

Other survivors include a daughter, Katherine Leigh Sands of Denton; and a sister, Evelyn S. Kiefner of Baltimore.

William Frank Sebald, 58, track concession manager

William Frank Sebald, a native of Baltimore who managed concession stands at racetracks here and in New Jersey, died of heart failure June 18 at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, Ga. He was 58.

After working at several warehouses, packing and loading goods, he became a concession steward in Baltimore for Harry M. Stevens Inc. in 1965. He moved to Athens in 1973 and was manager of Peddler Steak House for 20 years. He then worked for a convenience store.

A funeral service was held June 20. He is survived by a nephew, Richard William Becker of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 7/02/96

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