Ann V. Neilson, 77, beauty salon ownerAnn...


Ann V. Neilson, 77, beauty salon owner

Ann V. Neilson, a retired beautician and a volunteer, died Monday of complications from a stroke at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 77 and lived in the Cub Hill section of Baltimore County.

She retired several years ago after owning several beauty salons in the Hamilton and Loch Raven areas for more than 50 years.

For 37 years she was a volunteer at St. Vincent Child Care Center and was a member of the St. Joseph Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary.

She was born Ann McCauley in Baltimore, where she was raised, and graduated from Sefton High School.

She was a communicant and member of the Sodality of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Robert Neilson; a son, Carl J. Adams of California; two daughters, Barbara Christian of Winchester, Va., and Edith Petrick of Portland, Maine; three brothers, Charles McCauley and Wilbur Lam, both of Baltimore, and Norman C. Lam of Reisterstown; a sister, Phyllis Duncan of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Bishop Clinton Coleman, 80, pastor, civil rights activist

Bishop Clinton R. Coleman, who as pastor of the Pennsylvania Avenue African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was active in civil rights efforts in Baltimore, died of heart failure Monday at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 80.

Bishop Coleman was appointed pastor of the West Baltimore church in 1959, and in the mid-1960s he participated in a clergy-led protest march to integrate Gwynn Oak Park, an amusement park in Northwest Baltimore. He also started a congregation exchange program between his church and synagogues to foster race relations.

He was consecrated a bishop in Mobile, Ala., in 1972 and presided over the West-Tennessee, South Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia-South Georgia, Virginia, Michigan and Trinidad-Tobago conferences of the AME Zion Church. He retired in 1992.

"Bishop Coleman was heralded as a preacher par excellence among his peers, and that admiration extends across all denominational lines," said the Rev. Dennis V. Proctor, pastor at Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church.

A native of Coden, Ala., Bishop Coleman graduated from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., in 1939 and cum laude from the Howard University School of Divinity in 1971 with a master's of divinity degree. He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Livingstone in 1958.

Beginning in 1935, he was pastor of churches in North Carolina before he came to Baltimore.

He married Ethel Gillis in 1941.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church, 1128 Pennsylvania Ave.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Clinton R. Coleman Jr. of Baltimore, spokesman for Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, and the Rev. Gordon Ray Coleman of Birmingham, Ala.; two daughters, Frances Marie Walford of Baltimore and Barbara Ellen Smith of Hartford, Conn.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. John J. Grasmick, 70, who retired in 1988 as president of Oriole Ship Ceiling Co., a freight-loading firm in South Baltimore, died of complications of a stroke Nov. 29 at his Lutherville home.

The Baltimore native, who was educated in city public schools, started a trucking firm after he was discharged from the Navy in 1946 after World War II. He and his father later opened the freight-loading company. He retired in 1988.

Services for Mr. Grasmick, who also had a home in Ocean City, were held Dec. 2.

Survivors include his wife, the former Charlotte Danaher, whom he married in 1952; five sons, John J. Grasmick Jr. of Dickson, Tenn., David Grasmick of Columbia and Jere Grasmick, James Grasmick and Mark Grasmick, all of Lutherville; two daughters, Lynda Mackey of Yakima, Wash., and Sharon Kohler of Towson; and seven grandchildren.

Juan Bonta, 63, professor of architecture at UMCP

Juan Bonta, a professor of architecture at the University of Maryland College Park and an architectural historian, died of apparent cardiac arrest Dec. 4 while playing racquetball on campus. He was 63 and lived in Bethesda.

He joined the UM faculty in 1980 as a professor of design and affiliate professor of architecture. He was named professor of architecture in 1992.

Born in Budapest and raised in Argentina, he earned his bachelor's degree at 18 from the University of Buenos Aires and in 1959 received his master's degree in architecture there.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Silvia Caillet-Bois; two sons, Paul Bonta of Washington and Diego Bonta of Bethesda; and two daughters, Maria Bonta De la Tezuela of Mexico City and Anna Bonta of Boston.

Anna M. Emala, 93, entrepreneur

Anna M. Emala, who with her husband operated several businesses, died Monday of heart failure at the home of a daughter in Kingsville. She was 93 and lived in Essex.

In the 1970s, she and her husband, Walter J. Emala, operated a liquor store in Middle River and in the early 1960s, they had a grocery store in Hamilton. Other businesses they ran included a gas station and grocery store in Stemmers Run and the Town Hall Tavern near Essex.

Born Anna Grabowski in the Chase section of Baltimore County, she was educated in county public schools.

In 1921, she married Mr. Emala, who died in 1979.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, 1706 Eastern Ave., Middle River.

She is survived by a son, Walter M.J. Emala of Bowleys Quarters; two daughters, Blanche Salkowski of Kingsville and Marian Mazan of Bel Air; a sister, Johanna Smith of Minnetonka, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/12/96

Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad