Bernard F. Nossel, 86, state chief deputy...


Bernard F. Nossel, 86, state chief deputy comptroller

Bernard F. Nossel, former state chief deputy comptroller, died Tuesday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The longtime Pikesville resident was 86.

He began his career as a junior clerk in the state comptroller's office in 1940 and was promoted to chief deputy comptroller in 1958.

He was responsible for the department's day-to-day operations and his career spanned the era of pen and ink with primitive calculating machines to the computer age.

He retired in 1974.

Born and raised in West Baltimore, he was a 1931 graduate of Loyola High School and earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore. He also was a certified public accountant.

He began his career working as a clerk for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Forces in Europe from 1944 to 1946, when he was discharged.

He was an active communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Pikesville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Mr. Nossel is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Margaret O'Neill; a son, Bernard W. Nossel of Pikesville; a daughter, Margaret A. Mansfield of Newton, Mass.; two sisters, Genevieve Lewis and Elizabeth Grannan, both of Catonsville; a granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Billy Jay, 67, engineering instructor

Billy Jay, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. engineering instructor and human resources manager who built hundreds of birdhouses that he gave away to friends and charities, died of cancer Tuesday at his Columbia home. He was 67.

Mr. Jay had been employed at Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Hunt Valley and Linthicum facilities from 1970 until his retirement in 1997. From 1950 to 1970, he served in the Air Force as a ground radar specialist until his discharge as a master sergeant.

During the manned Apollo flight to the moon in 1969, he helped track the historic flight from a radar installation at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., family members said.

An avid bird watcher, Mr. Jay and his wife of 44 years, the former Barbara McTindal, built and painted customized birdhouses, which they gave to the Grant-A-Wish Foundation, other charities and friends nationwide. Mr. Jay's birdhouses were built in the shape of chateaux, schools and churches, and were painted by his wife. Many of the structures hang in trees throughout Columbia, said Mrs. Jay.

Born and reared in Asheville, N.C., he graduated from high school there. He was active in the Scarborough Neighborhood Association in Columbia, and worked in local elections. He was a member of Reed's Baptist Church in Asheville.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Oakland Mills Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Jay is survived by two daughters, Melany Graydon of West Friendship and Dana Rutledge of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Eugene Jay of Skyland, N.C.; and six grandchildren.

James David Marks, 85, owner of printing company

James David Marks, former owner and president of a commercial printing company, died Monday of complications from a stroke at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville. He was 85.

A former resident of Northwood and Owings Mills, he was owner and president of Colony Press Printing Co. in East Baltimore from 1955 until 1986 when he sold the business and retired.

Earlier, he had worked for a Baltimore advertising firm and taught marketing at the University of Baltimore in the early 1950s.

Born in Forest Park, he was educated in city public schools and earned a General Education Development Certificate. He served in the Army during World War II.

He was a former president and coach of Northwood Little League and was active in the Serra Foundation.

Services were held Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Katherine Dietor.

Maude A. Halford, 66, established real estate firm

Maude A. Halford, a Glen Burnie Realtor who established a real estate firm bearing her name, died Monday from complications of lung disease at North Arundel Hospital. She was 66.

Mrs. Halford, known as Peggy, began her real estate career in 1964, and worked for several real estate agents before establishing her firm, Peggy Halford and Associates, on Crain Highway in 1983 after earning her broker's license. She also earned a master's certificate in residential and commercial appraisal.

She had been president of the Associate Division of the Anne Arundel County Board of Realtors and the Board of Realtors' Women's Council, where she initiated a scholarship fund.

She also was the first chairwoman of the Realtors' Hospital Fund and served two terms as president of the North Arundel County Businessmen's Association.

She retired in 1989.

Active in Anne Arundel County Democratic politics, she had been chairwoman of the North Arundel County Women's Democratic Club, and was a member at large of the State Democratic Central Committee of Anne Arundel County from 1984 to 1986. She also had served as vice president of the Glen Burnie Park Civic Association during the mid-1970s.

The former Maude A. Heber was born and reared in Elkridge, Howard County, and later left school to help support her family.

Her marriages to Lewis Heath Bennett and Walter J. Halford Sr. ended in divorce.

She was a member of Glen Burnie Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 710 Aquahart Road, Glen Burnie, where a memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow.

Mrs. Halford is survived by three sons, Lewis H. Halford of Glen Burnie, W. John Halford Jr. of Annapolis, and Stephen D. Halford of Maryland Heights, Mo.; a daughter, Susan Delfert of Holt- wood, Pa.; her father, Henry H. Heber of Gettysburg, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.

Lawrence L. Halter, 50, construction manager

Lawrence L. Halter, a construction manager for the Russett development, died Tuesday of lung cancer at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 50.

At the time of his death, Mr. Halter was working on Russett -- the 613-acre residential development at Route 198 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Anne Arundel County -- a project he'd been involved with since 1991.

In 1994 and 1998, the development received awards for excellence from the Homebuilders Association of Maryland and Anne Arundel County.

Mr. Halter was born in Singleton, New South Wales, Australia. He graduated from St. Joseph's College in Sydney, Australia, and Macquarie University in Sydney, where he was studying to be a Marist brother until he met Kathleen Holt of Springfield, Mass.

The couple married in 1979 and moved to the United States. Before moving to Maryland, Mr. Halter worked as a construction manager on projects in Louisiana and California. He served on the board of the Russett Homeowners Association, which will plant a memorial tree in front of the community center in his honor.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Halter is survived by two daughters, Kristin Halter of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Lauren Halter of Ellicott City; two sons, Robert Halter of San Diego, Calif., and Patrick Halter of Ellicott City; his mother, Patricia Halter; three brothers, Phillip Halter, Michael Halter and Christopher Halter; and a sister, Carmel Hagness, all of Sydney, Australia.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 4795 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.

Memorial service

Pearson Sunderland,retired owner of Chesapeake Cadillac and carpet-cleaning firm Chesapeake Services, who died Sunday, will be honored at a memorial service at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Incarnation at 4 E. University Parkway in Baltimore.

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