James Edward Mitchell, 75, Bethlehem Steel firefighterJames...


James Edward Mitchell, 75, Bethlehem Steel firefighter

James Edward Mitchell, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. firefighter who coached Little League baseball, died Sunday of heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 75.

An Essex resident for more than 40 years, he was a firefighter and ambulance driver for 27 years at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant and retired in 1985. He was a Southern Railway detective before moving to Baltimore in 1957.

He was born and raised in Asheville, N.C., where he graduated from high school in 1942.

While serving as an Army supply clerk in Europe, the avid baseball player organized the Army Raiders baseball team, which played other Army units. He was discharged in 1946.

After returning to Asheville, he was a third baseman for the Asheville Tourists, a minor-league team, but failed to reach his goal of becoming a major-leaguer.

For years, he coached Little League baseball teams in the Middle River-Essex area.

Services will be held at noon today at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 11407 Old Eastern Ave., Essex.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Mary Marjorie Boone; a son, James L. Mitchell of Essex; two daughters, Sandra Lynn Abbott of Perry Hall and Judith Anne Miller of Grants, N.M.; a brother, Jack Mitchell of Fort Mills, S.C.; a sister, Jeanette McCarter of Dunn, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Stefan Leonard Eichler, 85, health department virologist

Stefan Leonard Eichler, a retired state health department virologist, died Monday of cancer at his Eldersburg home. He was 85.

During his 26-year career at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, he identified and isolated influenza strains and other life-threatening viruses. He retired 13 years ago.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, he was a graduate of Christian Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany. He received a master's degree in microbiology from the Johns Hopkins University.

For 25 years, he was a member of the South Carroll Rotary Club, where he ran blood drives and served as president.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Haight Funeral Home, Route 32, Sykesville.

He is survived by his wife, the former Liselotte Fuhlendorf, whom he married in 1949; two sons, Leonard Conrad Eichler of Syracuse, N.Y., and Anthony Stephen Eichler of Silver Spring; a daughter, Hanna Eichler Stockett of Silver Spring; and six grandchildren.

Calvin Embert Jones Sr., 88, business machine distributor

Calvin Embert Jones Sr., retired owner of a business machine company, died Sunday of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 88 and lived in South Baltimore.

For nearly 40 years, he owned MidAtlantic Industries, a distributor of Norelco dictation equipment. He retired in 1994.

In 1948, he became a general partner and owner of Graymar Co. in the 2500 block of St. Paul St. The company's name was a combination of the Gray Autograph dictation machine and the state of Maryland.

Born in South Baltimore, where he lived all his life, Mr. Jones attended public schools.

For many years, he was a member of the Rainbow Loft, a South Baltimore group of racing pigeon fanciers. Birds he bred won many awards.

In 1931, he married Pearl Hoffman. She died in 1971.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, 130 E. Fort Ave.

He is survived by three sons, Joseph J. Jones of Crofton, Calvin Jones of Hunt Valley and David M. Jones of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

David Thomas Britton, 48, construction manager

David Thomas Britton, a construction manager, died Saturday of heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 48 and lived in Bel Air.

A construction manager for 25 years, he worked on projects that included the National Aquarium in Baltimore at the Inner Harbor and Florence Crittenden Hall in Hampden.

Born in Baltimore, he attended Aberdeen High School, West Nottingham Academy in Cecil County and Gordon Military Academy in Macon, Ga.

He married Lovetta Rae Orf in 1971. The marriage ended in divorce.

Funeral services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Kathy Eagle, whom he married in 1987; a son, Christopher David Britton of Bel Air; his father, Linwood H. Britton of Baltimore; a sister, Patricia Britton of Baltimore; and a stepsister, Rebecca Kritzler of Monkton.

Christian Marecki, 81, civil engineer at Fort Meade

Christian Marecki, a retired engineer, died Saturday of heart disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 81 and lived in Gambrills.

He retired in 1984 after 44 years as a civil engineer at Fort Meade.

Born in Fells Point, he attended Polytechnic Institute.

He enjoyed model railroads and baseball.

Graveside services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ada Salyers, whom he married in 1941; three daughters, Christina Mae Rogers of Hanover, Linda Sue Goss of Baltimore and Terri Lee Davis of Gambrills; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

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