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John Henry Buenger, 72, Baltimore police officerJohn...


John Henry Buenger, 72, Baltimore police officer

John Henry Buenger, a retired Baltimore police officer, died Friday at his home in Westminster after battling multiple illnesses, including heart disease, cancer and strokes. He was 72.

The East Baltimore native served in the Navy during World War II and joined the Police Department in 1952. He was assigned to patrol duty in his old neighborhood, where residents affectionately called him "Officer John."

Mr. Buenger coached football, baseball and basketball and served as sports director of the Southeastern Police Boys Club from 1958 until he retired in 1972.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Dorothy E. Collins; two sons, Michael J. Buenger of Baltimore and John P. Buenger of Westminster; two brothers, Herman Travers of Baltimore and Anthony Buenger of Gettysburg, Pa.; five sisters, Marie Schreiber, Catherine Kropfelder, Anna Crawford, Betty Keller and Cecilia Zappi, all of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

George R. Ross Jr., 83, purchasing manager

George R. Ross Jr., a retired purchasing manager for Koppers in Baltimore, died Wednesdayat Union Memorial Hospital after he suffered a stroke. He was 83.

A native of Raleigh, N.C., and a 1937 graduate of North Carolina State University, Mr. Ross moved to Baltimore in 1955 and soon began working for Koppers. He retired in 1980.

He was a past president of the Steel Club, an organization of professionals in the steel industry.

Mr. Ross served as a lieutenant colonel in the Army during World War II and was stationed in China.

The North Baltimore resident was a deacon, elder and clerk of the session at Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, where a memorial service was held Saturday.

His wife of more than 35 years, the former Suzanne Perkins, died in 1981.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Dorothy Fitzgerald; two daughters, Margaret R. Duer of Baltimore and Suzanne Ross McDowell of Bethesda; two sons, Walter P. Ross of Boston and George R. Ross III of Bel Air; a stepdaughter, Carol J. Schmidt of Baltimore; a brother, William G. Ross of Raleigh; four grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Bette Ann O'Hara, 61, golfer, longtime counselor

Bette Ann O'Hara, an avid golfer and longtime counselor to alcoholics and drug addicts, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson. The Bel Air resident was 61.

The former Bette Ann Kelly was born in Towson and raised in Rodgers Forge, and was a graduate of Towson High School and Villa Julie College.

From 1975 to 1986, she worked at Hidden Brook Treatment Center in Bel Air, and regularly visited hospitals, prisons and zTC other facilities across Maryland to counsel addicts. From 1986 to 1991, she was the administrator of Quinn Center, a rehabilitation facility in Perry Hall.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 615 Congress Ave. in Havre de Grace.

Mrs. O'Hara is survived by a former husband, John O'Hara of Ocean Pines; an aunt and uncle, Audrey and Joseph Kelly of Perry Hall; and six cousins.

Pub Date: 12/08/98

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