Ruth D. Newell, 90, worked for city...


Ruth D. Newell, 90, worked for city finance department

Ruth D. Newell, a retired Baltimore employee, died June 7 after a series of strokes at Genesis Eldercare Spa Creek Center in Annapolis. She was 90 and a longtime Lutherville resident.

The former Ruth Davis was born in Washington and graduated from Eastern High School there. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University.

In 1928, she married the Rev. Karl G. Newell Sr., a Methodist minister, who served churches in Washington, Union Bridge, Williamsport, Gaithersburg and Baltimore. He died in 1984.

Mrs. Newell was a clerical worker in the Baltimore Finance Department from 1953 to 1973.

She was a communicant of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 130 W. Seminary Ave. in Lutherville, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. June 28.

She is survived by three sons, John D. Newell of Annapolis, Karl G. Newell Jr. of Merritt Island, Fla., and Richard T. Newell of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two daughters, Ruth N. Klages of Baltimore and Eleanor N. Walkley of Williamsburg, Va.; a sister, Maybelle D. Markwardt of Chevy Chase; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Sondra Lane Barker, 43, Amoco Oil executive

Sondra Lane Barker, an Amoco Oil Co. regional vice president, died June 10 of cancer at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda. The Columbia resident was 43.

The native of Perry, Okla., graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1982. She had worked for Amoco Oil since the early 1970s and had been in its Baltimore office since 1995.

She was an avid sports fan, especially of golf, and was a member of Valley Baptist Church in Lutherville, where a memorial service was held Monday.

She is survived by her parents, Lester and Barbara Barker, and two brothers, Mark Barker and Brad Barker, all of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; and her maternal grandmother, Irene Hamous of Oklahoma City. Walter Bernard Heckrotte Jr., a musician and retired beauty equipment repairman, died Saturday of a heart attack at his Towson home. He was 76.

As Buzz Walters, he played guitar and sang in clubs throughout Baltimore, working with groups or solo, since the 1930s.

The native of Oakland moved to Baltimore as a child and graduated from City College in 1938.

He served in the Army Air Forces from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. After he was discharged, he held several jobs before he started Equipment Repair Service Co. (ERSCO) in the late 1960s. He retired about 1990.

He married Hazel Bailey in 1941; they divorced in 1957.

Services are scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Rock Church, Cromwell Bridge Road and Loch Raven Boulevard.

He is survived by his wife, the former Georgianna McGuire, whom he married in 1959; three sons, Wayne Heckrotte of Columbia, Walter B. Heckrotte III of Towson and Eric R. Heckrotte of Forest Hill; three daughters, Gayle Raiber of Pennsylvania, Lynnda Fisher of Baltimore and Marilynn Castleberry of California; three brothers, Edward Heckrotte of Glen Arm, Charles Heckrotte of New Castle, Del., and John Heckrotte of St. Louis; two sisters, Celeste Heckrotte of Towson and Florence Klatt of Perry Hall; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mary Naomi Hemmons, a homemaker who was active in church affairs, died Sunday of heart failure at Genesis Eldercare Severna Park Center. She was 86.

The longtime Glen Burnie resident was a member of Brooklyn United Methodist Church and was active in the Brooklyn chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

The former Mary Moore was born in Lake Shore and reared in Centreville, where she graduated from high school.

She was married to Paul M. Hemmons for many years; he died in 1974.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by two daughters, Paula K. Hnida of Arnold and Mary L. Wright of Glen Burnie; a sister, Doris R. Moffett of Sun Center City, Fla.; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/17/98

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