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Doreen Elenor Osborne, 68, Canton artist, translatorDoreen...


Doreen Elenor Osborne, 68, Canton artist, translator

Doreen Elenor Osborne, a Canton artist who was known for her painted crystal wineglasses and paintings, died Feb. 3 of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 68.

She painted portraits, lighthouses, nudes and cactuses.

She had recently established Osborne Fine Arts with her daughter, Charlene E. Osborne, also an artist, and the two produced hand-painted crystal wineglasses and accessories, which were displayed and sold at wine festivals.

Her work was regularly shown at the Art Gallery of Fells Point.

Fluent in Greek, Mrs. Osborne provided interpreter and translation services, working with the Greek community and Greek sailors calling at the port of Baltimore.

Doreen Elenor Weaver was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario, where she graduated from high school. She moved to Baltimore in the early 1950s and studied at the Maryland Institute, College of Art and Dundalk Community College.

Her marriage to Charles H. Osborne ended in divorce.

Plans for a memorial service in the spring were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to her daughter, who lives in Phoenix, Baltimore County, she is survived by a son, Dorman C. Osborne of Dundalk, and two brothers, Jim Weaver of West Virginia and Fred Weaver of British Columbia.

Harry M. Mengers, 88, livestock merchant

Harry M. Mengers, former president and owner of E. A. Blackshere Co., a Baltimore livestock commission merchant, died Monday of a heart attack at his home at Kenwood Gardens Condominium in Catonsville. He was 88.

From 1939 until 1985, Mr. Mengers had resided at Tapawingo, his 5-acre Catonsville home where steers he raised before selling them to packing houses kept his grass neat and trim.

Mr. Mengers, known as "Harry the Hog Man," began working for E. A. Blackshere Co., then in the old Union Stockyards in Southwest Baltimore, after graduating from Catonsville High in 1929.

Mr. Mengers acted as an intermediary between hog and cattle farmers, and local meatpacking houses such as Esskay.

When the stockyards closed in 1967, the business relocated to West Friendship in Howard County. Mr. Mengers became president and owner of the firm, which he closed at his retirement in 1986.

Active in Scouting for years, Mr. Mengers was one of the founders in 1945, and longtime leader, of Boy Scout Troop 456 at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

In 1966, Mr. Mengers was awarded the St. George's Medal, an award for adult volunteers recognizing outstanding performance in the spiritual development of Boy Scouts in the Roman Catholic religion. In recognition of his tenure with Troop 456, the troop in 1973 instituted the Harry M. Mengers Award, given annually to the Boy Scout best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting.

He was honored by Cardinal William H. Keeler, archbishop of the Baltimore Roman Catholic archdiocese, in 1995 for his half-century of work with Scouting.

The lifelong Catonsville resident was an avid golfer.

He was a lifelong communicant and usher for years at the 8 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Isabelle Bechler; three daughters, Ann O'Donnell and Patricia Meiller, both of Catonsville, and Kathleen Mengers of Baltimore; a brother, Donald Mengers of Catonsville; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Herbert H. Silverman, 74, attorney, public accountant

Herbert Harold Silverman, a well-known attorney and certified public accountant, died Feb. 3 after being hit by a truck near his Dundalk office. He was 74.

Mr. Silverman was a partner with his brother, Stanley Silverman, in the law firm of Silverman & Silverman.

He began practicing law in 1951 in the Equitable Bank Building, and later moved to the now-demolished landmark Tower Building on Baltimore Street.

Since the late 1970s, Mr. Silverman had maintained his office on Dundalk Avenue.

In addition to being a trial lawyer, he also practiced business law.

Family members said Mr. Silverman was known as "The Walker" because he didn't drive. He relied on public transit, taxis and foot power to get from his Pikesville home to his Dundalk office every day.

In doing so, he accumulated a wide acquaintanceship along his route.

"Everyone knew him," said Stanley Silverman of Pikesville. "All the bus drivers, cabdrivers and store owners."

Born and raised in Northwest Baltimore, Mr. Silverman was the son of the owner of Silverman's Community Store, a dry goods shop in Dundalk.

He was a 1942 graduate of Forest Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1949 from the Johns Hopkins University. He received a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1951.

He also held advanced law degrees from Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of Baltimore.

His professional memberships included the American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Certified Public Accountants Association.

He was a member of B'nai Israel and Beth El synagogues.

Services were held Sunday.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by another brother, Alvin Silverman of Long Boat Key, Fla.; and many nephews and nieces.

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