Edward C. Getzler Jr., 77, Baltimore firefighterEdward...


Edward C. Getzler Jr., 77, Baltimore firefighter

Edward Clarence Getzler Jr., a retired Baltimore firefighter, died Tuesday of an aneurysm at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 77 and lived in Westminster.

Mr. Getzler was a firefighter for 21 years until retiring in 1967 from Engine Co. 40.

Born and raised on 36th Street in Baltimore, Mr. Getzler attended city public schools. He served with the Navy during World War II.

He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Moose.

He was an avid coin and stamp collector.

Services were held Friday at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel in Manchester.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Margaret Burget; three daughters, Deborah Stottlemyer of Hampstead, Denise Serio of Lutz, Fla., and Donna Bowen of Manchester; two sisters, Betty Parameros of Hampstead and June Rodgers of Towson; and four grandchildren.

Jesse M. Little, 70, city public school educator

Jesse M. Little, a retired Baltimore public school educator and administrator, died April 15 of a heart attack at his home in Deltona, Fla. He was 70.

Mr. Little, who also maintained a home in Randallstown, retired in 1995 as assistant principal at Chinquapin Middle School. His 25-year career with city schools began in 1960 when he was a social studies teacher at Cherry Hill Junior High School.

He also had been a teacher, social studies department head or administrator at Dunbar Senior High School, Houston Woods High School, Forest Park High School and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

Mr. Little was born in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from Dunbar High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minor Teachers College, now part of the District of Columbia Teachers College. He earned a master's degree in supervision and administration from the Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He began his teaching career as a special education teacher in Prince George's County public schools in 1957.

After moving to Deltona in 1995, Mr. Little joined the faculty of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, where he was an adjunct professor of African-American history and was teaching at the time of his death.

He had been a past president of the King's Park Neighborhood Association in Randallstown and a former director of Camp Farthest Out, a camp for needy inner-city youths.

His marriage to the former Wilsonia D. Moore ended in divorce.

He was a member of Douglas Memorial Community Church, Lafayette and Madison avenues, where services will be held at noon tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Charlotte Baylor; his mother, Ruby Brooks Lipscomb of Silver Spring; three daughters, Detra Little of Winston Salem, N.C., Maria Little of Upper Marlboro and Patrice Little Murray of Capital Heights; a stepdaughter, Cynthia Shepherd of Woodlawn; and four grandchildren.

Ida Maude Burchett, 105, Social Security employee

Ida Maude Burchett, a Social Security Administration employee and longtime member of West Baltimore United Methodist Church, died in her sleep Wednesday at the home of a daughter in Glenn Dale, Prince George's County. She was 105.

In 1936, Mrs. Burchett moved from her native Iowa to Baltimore to take a job in the SSA claims office in the Candler Building on Baltimore's waterfront. She retired in 1958.

Born Ida Maude Greenman, she was raised on a farm near Kellerton, Iowa. She was a graduate of Mount Ayr High School in Iowa and earned a teaching certificate at Highland Park College in Des Moines.

She taught in public schools for several years in Ringgold County, Iowa, before marrying Charles W. Burchett in 1919.

Until her husband's death in 1932, the couple owned and operated a general store in Caledonia, Iowa.

"One day in the early 1930s, Bonnie [Parker] and Clyde [Barrow] stopped in the store for some bread, cold cuts and milk," said Ken Pierson, her son-in-law.

"They left and went down to a grove nearby to eat. She didn't recognize them immediately until the police came by who were pursing them. She always said that was pretty exciting stuff for rural Iowa," he said.

Until disabled by a stroke when she was 102, Mrs. Burchett, who did not drink or smoke, led a vigorous lifestyle.

"She kept her mind active doing crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble," Mr. Pierson said.

"She enjoyed talking about the old days and when her husband came courting in a horse and buggy. She also said her father would only let her boyfriend use the front parlor from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., because they were farmers and had to get up early," he said, laughing.

Mrs. Burchett had also lived for many years with another daughter in Catonsville.

She was a member for more than 50 years of West Baltimore United Methodist Church, 5130 Greenwich Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday .

She is survived by two daughters, Joy Pierson of Glenn Dale and Marguerite Hecker of Catonsville; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

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