Ann Dandridge, 84, longtime volunteerAnn Dandridge, a...


Ann Dandridge, 84, longtime volunteer

Ann Dandridge, a longtime volunteer, died Wednesday of emphysema at Roland Park Place, where she had lived since 1989. She was 84.

The former Ann Davis was a volunteer with many organizations, including Pickersgill Retirement Community, the Baltimore Junior League, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Owings Mills and the Mount Vernon Club.

The native of Lynchburg, Va., moved to Bolton Hill in 1938 and to Greenspring Valley in 1945.

In 1938, she married Edmund Dandridge, who died in 1991.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas' church, 232 St. Thomas Lane.

She is survived by a son, Pete Dandridge of New York City; two daughters, Ann Dandridge of Baltimore and Sarah Dandridge of Oakland, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

S. James Heidel, 53, traffic program coordinator

S. James Heidel, a state employee, died Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from a bone marrow transplant. He was 53 and lived in Catonsville.

Mr. Heidel was program coordinator for traffic and safety at the Maryland Department of Transportation, where he had worked for 22 years.

The native of Bremerton, Wash., moved to Silver Spring as a youth and graduated from Wheaton High School in 1961. He served in the Army from 1965 to 1967. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1968 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970.

Mr. Heidel was a member of Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Columbia, where he sang bass in the choir, and was a past president of the Heart of Maryland Chorus. He belonged to the American Planning Association and was president of the Catonsville Junction Association.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, the former Patricia Holhan; a son, Andrew J. Heidel; a daughter, Anne K. Heidel; his parents, Sumner and Tommie Heidel of Silver Spring; a brother, David A. Heidel of Atlanta; several cousins; and a nephew.

Harry W. Toom, 93, Western Electric engineer

Harry W. Toom, a retired electrical engineer, died Wednesday at Robosson Court Nursing Center in Randallstown of cancer. He was 93.

Mr. Toom joined Western Electric Co. on Broening Highway in 1928. He retired in 1963.

The native of Knoxville, Iowa, moved to Maryland in 1928, the same year he married Clare Krupske. The couple lived in Mount Washington and Randallstown and, finally, Ellicott City, beginning in 1973.

He was a 1924 graduate of Simpson College in Iowa and a 1926 graduate of Iowa State University, where he played football.

Mr. Toom was a member of the Exchange Club of Randallstown and past president of the Point Breeze chapter of the Telephone Pioneers Club of America.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Loring Byers Funeral Directors Inc., 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Mary Watkins and Dorothy Pollock, both of Randallstown; two nephews; and a niece. Thomas Cover III, a retired Baltimore businessman, died Aug. 5 at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson of cancer. He was 90 and formerly a resident of Garrison.

Mr. Cover was president of Sanitary Laundry Co. when he sold it in the late 1960s, and was president of Insto-Gas, a family-owned manufacturer of gas products based in Detroit. He retired in the late 1960s.

He was a member of the Elkridge Club, Maryland Club and Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and was a former member of the Bachelors Cotillon.

The Winchester native was a 1924 graduate of Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1928 from Princeton University.

In 1930, he married Olive Anne Brown, who died in 1959.

Services were held Aug. 8.

He is survived by his wife, the former Anne Crockett; two sons, Thomas Cover IV and Edwin M. Cover, both of Savannah, Ga.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Bernard A. Dabrowski, 77, founded funeral home

Bernard A. Dabrowski, a Baltimore native who spent three years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II, died Aug. 8 of complications from a stroke at the Veterans Administration Extended Care and Rehabilitation Center in Northeast Baltimore. He was 77.

He graduated from City College in 1936 and joined the merchant marine. serving until 1940, when he transferred to the Navy. He was on Bataan and Corregidor in the Philippines and was captured by the Japanese in 1942. He was freed in 1945 and discharged in 1946.

In 1947, he graduated from the American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research in New York and established the Bernard Dabrowski Funeral Home in the 2800 block of E. Baltimore St. He retired in 1980.

He married Cecilia Derda in 1946, and in 1971, they moved to the Bowleys Quarters section of southeast Baltimore County.

Services were Aug. 13.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Bernard A. Dabrowski Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Karen Gebhardt of Dundalk; and six grandchildren.

James Harold Howes, 83, inspector, gospel singer

James Harold Howes, a retired Western Electric Co. inspector and gospel singer, died July 25 of complications from circulatory failure at Meridian Nursing Center-Cromwell. He was 83 and lived in Lutherville.

The Baltimore native, who was educated in city schools, was the lead singer of the Baltimore Gospel Tabernacle's Men's Trio from the early 1950s until 1965. Accompanied by his wife, the former Edna Lowman, at the tabernacle's famed Moeller pipe organ, the trio sang weekly on worldwide radio broadcasts from the church, which closed in 1965.

Services were July 30.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by two sons, Daniel G. Howes of Boulder, Colo., and James G. Howes of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

Bernard Misler, 73, wholesale food distributor

Bernard Misler, who was president of a wholesale food distributorship, died Sunday of lung cancer at the Gilchrist Hospice of Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 73 and lived in Owings Mills.

He retired in 1995 as president of Quality Foods.

For many years, he was a salesman for Philadelphia Packing Co.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Forest Park High School. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served in Europe. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of private first class.

Services were Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Sonia Bloomberg; a son, Brian Misler of Owings Mills; two daughters, Michale Sharon Misler of Owings Mills and Eileen M. Weinstein of Reisterstown; two sisters, Dorothy Cooper and Eva Misler, both of Pikesville; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/23/96

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