Raymond G. Thieme Sr., 95, union organizer...


Raymond G. Thieme Sr., 95, union organizer in 1930s

Raymond G. Thieme Sr., a union organizer at a Baltimore casket company in the 1930s, died Friday of heart failure at Locust Lodge Assisted Living Home in Riviera Beach. He was 95.

Born in East Baltimore, Mr. Thieme attended a local grammar school before going to work at the old National Casket Co. at Fallsway and Lombard Street.

He took up the cause of helping unionize the company during the tumultuous 1930s, a time "when it was a great concern to my mother that dad didn't get his head split open," said his son, Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

After his successful union work, Mr. Thieme became a casket trimmer, adding the lining and other finishing touches to the caskets.

After he retired at 65, he resided in Riviera Beach and traveled to Italy, Spain, Germany and Ireland.

His wife, the former Margaret Leary, died 11 years ago.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. today at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church, 8499 Virginia Ave., Riviera Beach.

In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Geraldine Escol of Riviera Beach; two grandchildren; and three great-grand- children.

Olive G. Hostetler, 86, Red Shield Boys' Club backer

Olive G. Hostetler, a fund-raiser and supporter of the Red Shield Boys' Club in Middle River, died Saturday of heart failure at Ivy Hall Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore. She was 86.

In 1943, Mrs. Hostetler moved to eastern Baltimore County with her family from Somerset County, Pa. Her husband worked in a local aircraft factory, and she began volunteering at numerous charities, including Easter Seals, the March of Dimes and the Red Shield Boys' Club.

She raised funds for the club by selling raffle tickets and helped with the club's Little League banquets.

An accomplished archer, she often went hunting with her husband and was a member of the Maryland State Fish and Game Club in White Marsh.

Her husband, Harold Robert Hostetler, died in 1994.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Old Eastern Ave., Essex.

She is survived by two sons, Harold Richard Hostetler of Peru, Ind., and Frederick A. Hostetler of Middle River; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Royden S. Meise Jr., 75, newspaper reporter, editor

Royden S. "Mike" Meise Jr., a longtime Salisbury newspaper reporter and editor, died Saturday of heart failure at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was 75.

Mr. Meise retired from the Daily Times in 1985 after 31 years as a writer and copy editor at the Salisbury paper. He also worked several years as an assistant news director for WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

The Baltimore native graduated from the University of Baltimore and worked for the Associated Press in the early 1940s.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Holloway Funeral Home on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury.

Survivors include his wife, the former Nettie Nichols of Salisbury; two sisters, Marie V. Dyson of Great Mills and Pat Meise Banks of Salisbury; two brothers, John D. Meise of Ocean City and Hugh T. Meise of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a stepdaughter, Lynn Roggen of Charleston, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 2/08/99

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