Betty M. Hodler, 81, homemaker and volunteerBetty...


Betty M. Hodler, 81, homemaker and volunteer

Betty M. Hodler, a homemaker and volunteer, died Tuesday of cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 81.

Mrs. Hodler, who had lived in Timonium, was a former resident of Annapolis and Potomac. She was also a longtime volunteer with the American Cancer Society.

Born Betty Marie Martin in Sandpoint, Idaho, she earned her nursing degree from the Riverside School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio.

She was married in 1938 to Paul W. Hodler, who died in 1998, and was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Bethesda. Services were held yesterday.

Mrs. Hodler is survived by two daughters, Pam Bryden of Timonium and Karlee Guthrie of Rockville; and five grandchildren.

Vincent J. Simansky, 98, firefighter for 48 years

Vincent J. Simansky, whose career as a Baltimore firefighter spanned 48 years, died in his sleep Thursday at Mariner Health of Bel Air Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The longtime Northeast Baltimore resident was 98.

Mr. Simansky began his career -- one of the longest in Baltimore Fire Department history -- in 1922 at Engine Company 5. In 1933 he was made a lieutenant and was assigned to Engine Company 17.

After being promoted to captain and serving with Engine Company 55 and later Truck Company 9, Mr. Simansky was made a battalion chief in 1942. At the time of his retirement in 1970, he was acting deputy chief in the department's Second Division.

Commended four times by the city Board of Fire Commissioners for exemplary service, Mr. Simansky was injured three times in the line of duty.

Born in Wilmington, Del., he moved to East Baltimore and attended public schools until the sixth grade, when he quit to help support his family. A robust man, he remained active until his late 80s, playing golf and hunting.

In 1924, he was married to the former Helen Pondo, who died in 1983.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Simansky will be offered at 9: 15 a.m. Tuesday at the Shrine of the Little Flower Roman Catholic Church, 3500 Belair Road.

He is survived by two sons, Dr. Francis V. Simansky of Bel Air and John F. Simanski Sr. of Sebring, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Betty Lorine Das, 56, nurse, honored by Lioness Club

Betty Lorine Das, a Sykesville nurse, died of cancer Thursday at the Howard County General Hospital. She was 56.

For the past 23 years, Mrs. Das worked as a nurse for Dr. Francis Bruno, a family practitioner in Columbia. Previously, she worked at a retirement community in Sykesville.

Born in Pensacola, Fla., the former Betty Lorine Gaffney was a graduate of Pensacola Junior College. She was a member of the Freedom District Lioness Club in Sykesville, which this year honored her work with the organization.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, 6028 Sykesville Road in Eldersburg.

She is survived by her husband, Adrian Das, whom she married in 1966; two daughters, Tracy Lynn Das and Felicia Lorine Das, both of Owings Mills; a sister, Linda L. Gaffney of Pensacola; and a brother, Edward L. Gaffney of Milton, Fla.

Walter Jacob Jr., 90, educator and researcher

Walter Jacob Jr., a retired educator who conducted research in mental retardation, died of cancer Thursday at his Queenstown home. He was 90.

Born in Hoboken, N.J., Mr. Jacob held degrees from Columbia University and New York University and was an administrator at schools in Ridgewood, Plainfield and Jersey City, N.J., before becoming director of the American Institute for Mental Studies in Vineland, N.J. He retired in 1973.

He married Nancy Schroeder, a free-lance artist, in 1950. She survives him.

The couple moved to Queenstown in 1984. He was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake and the Easton Rotary.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Old Wye Parish Church in Wye Mills.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Jacob is survived by four sons, Walter Jacob III of Mullica Hill, N.J., George S. Jacob of Pittsgrove, N.J., John Jacob of Deptford, N.J., and Douglas Jacob of Pittsgrove; two daughters, Christine Jones of Newark, Del., and Cordelia Spera of Queenstown; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Mercedes Casale, 69, homemaker and volunteer

Mercedes Casale, a homemaker and volunteer, died Thursday of pulmonary failure at her Leonardtown home. She was 69.

Born Mercedes Lynch in Norfolk, Va., she moved to Hamilton in Northeast Baltimore as a child. She was a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame high school and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where she majored in fine arts.

An avid gardener, Mrs. Casale served as president of the Seton Guild of St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville. She was also active in the Christ Child Society.

In 1953, she married S. Arthur Casale, a retired Navy civilian employee, who survives her.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home at 41590 Fenwick St., Leonardtown.

Other survivors include two sons, Christopher Casale of Boca Raton, Fla., and Mark Casale of Arlington, Va.; two daughters, Paula Casale of Alexandria, Va., and Gina Cretella of Bellingham, Wash.; and two grandsons.

Elwood V. Stark Sr., 84, businessman, veteran

Elwood V. Stark Sr., a retired vice president and director of A. W. Sisk & Son Inc., died Monday of cancer at the Lorien Nursing & Rehabilitation Center-Riverside in Belcamp. He was 84.

The longtime Darlington resident began his career in 1936 with the Aberdeen food brokerage firm from which he retired in 1994.

Born in White Marsh and reared in Aberdeen, Mr. Stark was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1936.

During World War II, he served as an Army quartermaster in Europe and was discharged with the rank of captain in 1945. He was recalled to duty during the Korean War and served with the Quartermaster Corps in Korea until his second discharge in 1953.

Mr. Stark was a former director of the First National Bank of Aberdeen and had been on the advisory board of Equitable Trust Co. He also had been a director of Harford Memorial Hospital and was a member of the board of trustees of the Harford County Public Library.

He was married to the former Ann Helfenstein, who died in 1992.

Mr. Stark was a vestryman, senior warden and treasurer of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Deer Creek, where services were held Friday.

He is survived by two sons, Elwood V. Stark Jr. of Towson and Harold E. "Pete" Stark of Bowie; a daughter, Judy S. Hart of Bel Air; two sisters, Dorothy S. Ficklin and Mary Ellen Volkart, both of Aberdeen; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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