Joseph A. Bradley, 82, bridge and tunnel...


Joseph A. Bradley, 82, bridge and tunnel inspector

Joseph A. Bradley, a structural steel and welding expert who was known as "Tunnel Joe," died Wednesday of respiratory failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 82.

Mr. Bradley's work took him to the tops of bridges and the depths of subway tunnels. He worked on the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and other projects.

"If he didn't inspect and certify the welds and found them to his satisfaction, they were burned out and redone," said his daughter, JoAnn Bradley Kidwell of Annapolis.

In 1961, Mr. Bradley established Chesapeake Inspection & Testing Co. in Baltimore and inspected more than 1,000 bridges, tunnels and subways in the United States by the time he dissolved the company in 1972.

That year, he founded J. A. Bradley & Associates Inc., and was president and owner of the inspection company until he retired in 1988.

The Waverly native graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1934 and attended the Johns Hopkins University. During World War II, he worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Fairfield shipyard, inspecting Liberty ships.

His marriage to June Sanzone ended in divorce.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a son, Michael A. Bradley of Westminster; three brothers, Alexander Bradley of Lutherville, Bernard Bradley of Baltimore and Eugene Bradley of Perry Hall; four sisters, Eleanor Blinke and Delores Steele, both of Towson, Katherine Kerr of Melbourne, Fla., and Ann Dungarra of Maryland Line; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Joan M. Winston, 70, master bridge player

Joan M. Winston, a noted bridge player who became a Life Master in 1986, died Wednesday of cancer at her Phoenix home. She was 70.

A native of York, Pa., the former Joan Heistand was a longtime member of the American Contract Bridge League and played in tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

In 1947, she married H. William Winston. The couple also had a home in Naples, Fla.

Services are set for 10 a.m. tomorrow at Fairview United Methodist Church, 13916 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Thomas Winston of Timonium; a daughter, Bronwyn Proutt of Phoenix; a brother, Glenn Heistand of Gilbert, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

Alma T. Suelau, 78, former Towson resident, homemaker

Alma T. Suelau, a homemaker and former Towson resident, died Tuesday of heart failure at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville. She was 78.

The former Alma Santry was born in Baltimore. She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1941 and married William J. Suelau the next year.

She was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Henry T. Suelau of Ruxton; three daughters, Sally K. Miller of Timonium, Jean S. Allman of Bowie and Sharon M. Culotta of Towson; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 2/12/99

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