Arthur Clifton Cassell, 91, plastering contractorArthur Clifton...


Arthur Clifton Cassell, 91, plastering contractor

Arthur Clifton Cassell, a retired plastering contractor who helped restore the William Paca House in Annapolis, died of heart failure Wednesday at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy. He was 91 and had lived in Glen Burnie.

Before drywall came into use as a building material, he hand-plastered hundreds of homes in Glen Burnie.

He left his hometown, Dillsburg, Pa., in the 1930s to become a boxer and wrestler in the Army. He was stationed in Hawaii and fought under the name Speed Martin.

After he was discharged, he moved to Glen Burnie, where he started A.C. Cassell Plastering Co. Inc. He ran the business for 30 years, retiring at 62.

Architects called upon Mr. Cassell to leave retirement in the 1970s to assist in the restoration of the William Paca House in Annapolis. At that time, he also took up horseback riding, which he did until he was 87.

He was a member of the Glen Burnie Rotary for more than 20 years and the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, and was involved in the development of many businesses in Glen Burnie.

His wife of 59 years, the former Helen Lowry, died in 1995.

A graveside memorial service was held Saturday.

He is survived by three daughters, Ann Cassell Zanti of Ellicott City, Connie Cassell Fowler of Severna Park, and Shirley Cassell Womble of Raleigh, N.C.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Alan Bruce Carico, 54, journeyman pressman

Alan Bruce Carico, a retired journeyman pressman who worked for several area newspapers and printing companies, died Oct. 12 of heart failure at his Glen Burnie home. He was 54.

Mr. Carico, who began his career in 1962, worked at the News American, The Sun and Alco Gravure in Glen Burnie. He retired on a medical disability in 1991.

He was a member of Graphic Communications International Union, Local 31.

Born in Harrisonburg, Va., he moved to Baltimore and graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.

His marriage to Betty Jane Zeller ended in divorce.

Services were held Saturday.

He is survived by two sons, Timothy Carico and Marc Carico, both of Pasadena; his companion of 29 years, Carole Virginia Clarke; and a granddaughter.

Mary B. Force Zeigler, 75, elections board member

Mary Benson Force Zeigler, a former member of the Howard County Board of Supervisors of Elections who was active in Republican politics, died Wednesday of cancer at her Ellicott City home. She was 75.

She had been chief clerk of Howard's elections board from 1967 to 1968 and was a board member from 1987 until last year.

During the 1960s, she was a member of the Howard County Republican Central Committee and was awarded the party's Life Achievement Award in 1988.

From 1975 until retiring in 1988, she was administrator of the Smithsonian Institution's Belmont Conference Center in Elkridge.

She was a longtime member and was on the board of Historic Ellicott City at the time of her death. She also was a member and recording secretary of the Elkridge Heritage Society.

Born Mary Benson in Sandy Springs, she graduated from Sherwood High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan in 1947 and a master's degree in general administration from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1989.

Her marriage to John F. Lewis ended in divorce. In 1959, she married David W. Force, a Howard County commissioner, who died in 1966.

She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, where a memorial service was held Sunday.

She is survived by her husband, Edward J. Zeigler, whom she married in 1992; a son, Christopher W. Lewis of Silver Spring; two daughters, Nancy L. Blake of Hartland, Vt., and Donna W. Spangler of Cazenovia, N.Y.; a sister, Eleanor B. Robbins of Silver Spring; a stepson, Harry R. Zeigler of Glenwood; three stepdaughters, Suzanne K. Sewell of Ellicott City, Nancy C. Huettel of Pfafftown, N.C., and Carol J. Brzezinksi of Marriottsville; and 16 grandchildren.

John W. Knox, 88, founder of construction firm

John W. Knox, founder of a Baltimore utility contracting firm, died Thursday of cancer at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. He was 88.

The former Phoenix resident, who had resided at Oak Crest Village since July, established John W. Knox and Son Co. in the early 1960s. The firm specialized in manhole and utility conduit construction. He retired in 1987.

Born and raised in Govans, Mr. Knox left school to work with his father, who also owned a construction firm.

He was a congregant of Clynmalira United Methodist Church in Phoenix and was a Mason. He was a member of Blue Lodge and Boumi Temple, and a past master of the Doric Lodge, now Pythagoras Lodge.

Services were held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Engels, whom he married in 1934; a son, J. Richard Knox of Parkville; a daughter, Joan K. Clark of Phoenix; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


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