Walter F. Habicht, 78, Martin Marietta engineerWalter...


Walter F. Habicht, 78, Martin Marietta engineer

Walter F. Habicht, an engineer who worked for almost half a century with Martin Marietta and was an active volunteer at Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium, died Tuesday from complications after surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 78.

Mr. Habicht lived in Perry Hall with his wife of 53 years, the former Ruth Muller.

A native of Highlandtown, Mr. Habicht began work in 1939 as a riveter's helper at what was then the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. He earned a degree in drafting and engineering at the University of Baltimore and was promoted to engineer at Martin.

Mr. Habicht worked at Martin's Middle River site for 30 years and its plant in Denver for 16 years. In Denver, he was an active volunteer with St. James and Cherry Hills Presbyterian churches and Network Coffee House, which served food to the homeless. He also helped build Anchor of Hope Church in Denver's inner city. He returned to Maryland in 1994.

He was an avid tennis player, a bowler and a skier.

Services were held yesterday at Loch Raven Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Habicht is survived by four sons, Craig Habicht of Carney, Glenn Habicht of Denver, Kevin Habicht of Winter Park, Fla., and Brian Habicht of Pasadena, Calif.; two daughters, Janet Murtoff of Newport News, Va., and Dayle Seneff of Winter Park, Fla.; two brothers, Milton Habicht of Abingdon and David Habicht of Glen Arm; a sister, Dorothy Siegert of Glen Rock, Pa.; and 15 grandchildren.

Eugene F. Howlett, 73, Chesapeake Bay pilot

Capt. Eugene F. Howlett, a veteran Chesapeake Bay pilot who spent 35 years guiding ships through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and from Baltimore to Cape Henry, Va., died Friday of a brain tumor at his home in Kingsville. He was 73.

Born in 1926 in Philadelphia, Mr. Howlett began his maritime career as a merchant mariner when he was 16. During World War II, he served on the William D. Burnham, a Liberty ship that was torpedoed by a German submarine and sank in the North Atlantic on Nov. 23, 1944. He was one of seven survivors.

Mr. Howlett continued to sail, and at age 24 obtained his master's license, permitting him to operate any vessel on ocean waters. In 1954, Mr. Howlett was drafted by the U.S. Navy and served in Korea, where he helped evacuate refugees, and in Vietnam.

In 1956, Mr. Howlett was accepted into the Association of Maryland Pilots. While a member, he served as trial master for 112 ships built at Bethlehem Steel and Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. He was also a member of the Baltimore Propeller Club.

Mr. Howlett retired from the pilots' association in 1991 and spent his days traveling and being with family. He was an active member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Upper Falls, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lorraine; a son, Douglas Howlett of Kingsville; a daughter, Diana Pajtis of Bel Air; two brothers, Joseph Howlett of Bel Air and Richard Howlett of Delta, Pa.; a sister, Patricia Wadley of Shrewsbury, Pa; and one grandson.

Shirley Weinman Rogers, 83, volunteer, homemaker

Shirley Weinman Rogers, a homemaker who volunteered countless hours at hospitals and community organizations, died of heart failure Friday at Sinai Hospital. She was 83.

The former Shirley Sagner grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Forest Park Senior High School in 1932. In 1934, while working as a clerk at Hutzler's, she married University of Maryland student Sidney Weinman.

Her son, Michael H. Weinman of Timonium, said Mrs. Weinman served as president during the 1950s of a Baltimore club called The True Sisters. The Weinmans lived in St. Petersburg, Fla., from 1958 until Mr. Weinman's death in 1965.

In 1966, Mrs. Weinman married Edwin Rogers; the couple spent their winters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she also did volunteer work. Mr. Rogers died in 1996.

Mrs. Rogers, who lived for the past few years in Pikesville, enjoyed playing bridge and volunteering at Sinai Hospital and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center. In addition to her volunteer work, she also served as president of the Sisterhood of Beth Tfiloh in Baltimore several years ago.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Zee Jay Greenspan of Red Bank, N.J.; a brother, Alan Sagner of New York City, N.Y.; a sister, Joan Benesch of Washington, D.C.; three granddaughters; and two grandsons.

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