I. Alvin Pasarew, 90, state planning director
I. Alvin Pasarew, retired state planning director and civil engineer, died Tuesday of heart failure at Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville. He was 90 and lived in Pikesville.
Mr. Pasarew retired from state government in 1960 and became a consulting engineer.
The state planning chief from 1940 to 1959, he was a civil engineer who worked on projects from Allegany County to the Eastern Shore.
In 1946, he was appointed to a commission to study recreational uses for the Patapsco River Valley, and the panel's work led to the creation of Patapsco State Park. In 1958, he completed a similar study for Gunpowder Falls.
Mr. Pasarew held memberships in several professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineering.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and the Johns Hopkins University, where he received bachelor and master's degrees in civil engineering.
He wed Faye Louise Blechman in 1934; she died in 1972. In 1974, he married Henrietta Feldman, who survives him.
Services were held Wednesday.
Mr. Pasarew also is survived by two daughters, Sondra L. Weinstein and Rita Rosenfeld, both of Pikesville; a brother, Jack Pasarew of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Milton Abraham Cohen, 77, department store manager
Milton Abraham Cohen, a retired department store manager, died of cancer Monday at Sinai Hospital. He was 77 and lived Pikesville.
In a long career in Baltimore retailing, he managed the women's shoes department for the Hecht Co. department store and later was general merchandise manager for E. J. Korvette's and Epstein's department stores. He retired about 10 years ago.
During his tenure with Hecht's, Mr. Cohen helped open its Northwood and Reisterstown Road Plaza stores.
During World War II, he was a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps and flew B-17 bombing missions in Europe.
He was a member of Beth Jacob Congregation.
Known as Mickey, Mr. Cohen was born in Baltimore and graduated from City College.
Services were held Wednesday.
He is survived by his wife, the former Naomi Jacobs, whom he married in 1942; three sons, Allan Cohen of Towson and Mark Cohen and Lee Cohen, both of Owings Mills; a daughter, Susan Abosch of Lutherville; a brother, Ed Cohen of Baltimore; a sister, Selma London of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Mildred B. Peacher, 80, secretary, church officer
Mildred B. Peacher, a secretary for many years at a Baltimore chemical laboratory, died Tuesday from complications of Parkinson's disease at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 80 and lived in Glen Arm.
For 30 years, Miss Peacher worked as an administrative secretary for Pemco Corp. and Glidden Paints, where she helped in the day-to-day operations of a chemical lab.
Born in East Baltimore, she graduated from Eastern High School in 1936 and trained at Strayer's Business College to be a secretary.
An active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Baltimore, she held many offices, including administrative board chairwoman and lay delegate to the Baltimore-Washington United Methodist Conference.
One of 11 children, Miss Peacher was devoted to her large extended family. She also enjoyed traveling in Europe, Israel, Canada and the United States.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
She is survived by three sisters, Grace Lassahn of Snellville, Ga., June Grden of Jarrettsville and Ruth Davis of Lutherville; two brothers, Charles Peacher of Perry Hall and Eric Peacher of Timonium; and many nieces and nephews.
Joseph Burroughs, 70, owned trucking company
Joseph Burroughs, a retired real estate broker and trucking company owner, died of heart illness Monday at Howard County General Hospital. He was 70 and lived in Columbia.
He owned J. Burroughs Realty, which had an office in the 2400 block of N. Charles St., and developed apartment complexes in Baltimore. In the early 1980s, he concentrated on his trucking business, L. Robinson Transfer and Storage Co. in Hyattsville, and retired 10 years ago when he became incapacitated by a stoke.
Born in Harlem, N.Y., Mr. Burroughs grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Rehobeth International Covenant Church, 9016 Liberty Road, Randallstown.
He is survived by his wife, the former Eleanor Ivey, whom he married in 1959; four daughters, Kimberleigh Aarn of Los Angeles, Deirdre Burroughs-Hargrove and Sybil Burroughs, both of Columbia, and Bronwyn Burroughs of Atlanta; a sister, Earlene Faulcon of Baltimore; and four granddaughters.
Betty Jean Holler, 72 nurse, office manager
Betty Jean Holler, a former Catonsville resident, nurse and radio station office manager, died Tuesday of liver disease at home in Petersburg, W. Va. She was 72.
She was a nurse at Franklin Square Hospital in the 1940s and then an office manager for a Seventh-day Adventist radio station in Frederick. She retired in 1989 and moved to Petersburg.
Born in Baltimore, the former Betty Jean Ulrich was a graduate of the Franklin Square Hospital School of Nursing.
Services were held yesterday.
She is survived by her husband, John M. Holler, whom she married in 1950; two sons, John Mark Holler of Eldersburg and Timothy M. Holler of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.