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Most Rev. Bernard Nolker, 87, Catholic bishop...


Most Rev. Bernard Nolker, 87, Catholic bishop in Brazil

The Most Rev. Bernard J. Nolker, a Baltimore native who was the first Roman Catholic bishop of Paranagua, Brazil, died Monday of heart failure at St. John Neumann Residence in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He was 87.

A member of the Redemptorist Order for 62 years, he traveled by horseback and jeep to reach remote parts of his diocese in the semitropical forests, mountains and maritime region of southeast Brazil.

Raised on Craycombe Avenue in the Wyman Park section of North Baltimore, Bishop Nolker graduated from Redemptorist Minor Seminary in North East, Pa., the order's novitiate in Ilchester, Md., and Mount St. Alphonsus at Esopus, N.Y. He was ordained a priest June 18, 1939.

Two years later, he was assigned to Tibagi, Brazil, a place he described as "a small town of 1,000 inhabitants, but over 50,000 people in a very large parish."

He was named rector at Paranagua, Parana, on Brazil's Atlantic coast in 1950 and during the decade, he was superior of the Redemptorist community at Porta Pora.

He was consecrated a bishop in 1963.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

Bishop Nolker is survived by his brother-in-law, Joseph Dalton of Baltimore; two nephews; and a niece.

Douglass W. Cassel Sr., 81, advertising manager

Douglass W. Cassel Sr., a retired advertising manager for Reuben H. Donnelley Corp. and decorated World War II aviator, died Wednesday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 81.

The Timonium resident rose from sales trainee to regional sales manager of Reuben H. Donnelley Corp.'s telephone directory advertising. He retired in 1980.

In 1947, he joined Roy H. Cassel Dental Laboratories, a family-owned business, where he worked until 1954.

Born in Forest Park, he graduated from Forest Park High School. Six credits shy of earning his bachelor's degree, he dropped out of the University of Maryland and enlisted in the Navy, serving as a pilot in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant commander.

He served in the Naval Reserve and was elected president of the local chapter of the Reserve Officers Association. He earned his college degree after the war.

He was a 40-year member of the Kiwanis Club and had been president of the organization's downtown club.

Mr. Cassel was an avid bridge player. He also enjoyed spending his summers in Ocean City.

He was a member of Towson Presbyterian Church, where services were held Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Vivian Keller; two sons, Douglass W. Cassel Jr. of Chicago and Greg Cassel of Evanston, Ill.; a daughter, Sat khalsa of Los Angeles; a sister, Lillian Driskill of Duarte, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Irving A. Smith, 86, Reliable Liquors president

Irving A. Smith, former longtime president of Reliable Liquors, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Sinai Hospital. He was 86.

A native of Detroit, where he attended public schools, Mr. Smith became a marketing representative for Calvert Distillery of Relay in 1939. The same year, he married Helen Goldstein, who died in 1980.

In 1947, he moved to Baltimore and became president of Reliable, which distributed spirits, wine and beer in Maryland. Reliable later moved to Glen Burnie.

In 1979, when the 1 millionth case of Johnny Walker scotch came through the port of Baltimore, Mayor William Donald Schaefer presented it to Mr. Smith in a celebration honoring him and Reliable, which had distributed all 1 million cases throughout Maryland.

Mr. Smith retired in 1984.

He was a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Pikesville. An avid golfer, he belonged to Suburban Country Club of Baltimore.

Mr. Smith was a benefactor of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

He is survived by two sons, Louis Smith of Washington and James Smith of Pikesville; a sister, Gertrude Resnik of Southfield, Mich.; three grandchildren; and Mildred Weiner, his companion of 17 years.

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