Martin Rankin, 75, operated paint factoryMartin Rankin,...


Martin Rankin, 75, operated paint factory

Martin Rankin, who once ran a family paint manufacturing business in Baltimore, died of diabetes-related illnesses Saturday in Hollywood, Fla. He was 75.

Mr. Rankin was born in Baltimore, the son of Albert Rankin, who founded a paint manufacturing company called Lasting Products Inc.

He graduated from Polytechnic Institute and attended the University of Baltimore while working for his father.

When the business was destroyed by fire in 1969, Mr. Rankin opened a Century 21 Real Estate franchise in the city.

He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, enjoyed boating and taught scuba diving.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at 1720 Peppermint Lane in Westminster.

He is survived by his first wife, Bette Bernstein of Baltimore, to whom he was married for 29 years; his wife of 17 years, the former Madeline Mayers of Hollywood, Fla.; four daughters, Carole Frank of Columbia, Nanci Rankin of Reisterstown, Barbara Hucht of Glenwood and Sherri Campeggi of Westminster; a son, Andrew Rankin of Reisterstown; and five grandchildren.

Margaret Lotvedt, 80, liked needlework, boating

Margaret Lotvedt, a homemaker, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Tuesday at the Riverview Care Center in Essex. She was 80 and lived in Baltimore.

Born in Locust Point, she attended Francis Scott Key Elementary School. She later left school to help support her family by working as a waitress.

She met her husband, Reidar Lotvedt, a Norwegian merchant mariner, when his ship docked in Baltimore. They were married in 1938.

Mrs. Lotvedt spent much of her time raising children, and learned to love crochet and sewing. She and her husband also enjoyed boating.

Services will be private.

She is survived by her husband; five daughters, Martha Herndon of Middle River, Reidene Wilkes of Middle River, Margaret Buckmaster of Baltimore, Elsa Kelly of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Bonita Wehrman of Pennsylvania; and two sons, Reidar Lotvedt Jr. of Lakeland, Fla., and Karl Lotvedt of Essex.

James L. Gordon, 89, machinist, driver

James L. Gordon, a retired machinist, died yesterday of pneumonia at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 89 and lived in Baltimore.

For most of his career, he worked as a machinist for Crown Cork and Seal Co. of Baltimore and at Black and Decker Inc., where he retired in 1974. During World War II, he turned his skills to the war effort, grinding gun barrels.

After retirement, he drove a bus for McDonogh School and made deliveries for a local florist and pharmacy.

Born in Cockeysville, Mr. Gordon attended Towson High School but left school early to work for his father's produce and stone-hauling business.

A memorial service is being planned.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Becker Gordon of Baltimore, whom he married in 1973; a son, Ron Gordon of Towson; and five stepgrandchildren.

Deaphna Delosier, 79, Ellicott City postal clerk

Deaphna Delosier, a retired Ellicott City postal clerk, died Thursday of respiratory failure at her home in Amber, Okla. She was 79.

Born Deaphna Grim in Berryville, Va., she moved to Baltimore as a child and attended Western High School. In 1941, she married a U.S. Postal Service employee, Charles E. Delosier Jr., of Ellicott City.

Mrs. Delosier started working at the Ellicott City post office in 1955 and retired in 1984, after her husband became ill. He died the following year.

In 1993, Mrs. Delosier moved to Amber. She had been a member of Emory United Methodist Church in Ellicott City.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville.

Mrs. Delosier is survived by two daughters, Linda Humbert of Hagerstown and Carol Allen of Amber; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Carl S. Hasselhoff, 85, box company founder

Carl S. Hasselhoff, who designed and sold corrugated boxes for 30 years, died of respiratory failure Thursday at North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie. He was 85.

Born in Baltimore in 1915, Mr. Hasselhoff started his career as a sales representative for Eastern Box Co. during World War II.

Over the years, the Glen Burnie resident's interests shifted to box design and culminated in the founding of his company, Hasselhoff Industries, in the early 1970s.

"He would sit in the dining room at night with paper," said a daughter, Carliss Reese of Pasadena. "Didn't matter if it was beer, oysters or tobacco, he was always trying to invent a better way to make a box."

His wife of 41 years, Edna May Keller of Baltimore, died in 1983.

Services were held yesterday.

He also is survived by a son, Carson Hasselhoff of Glen Burnie; three other daughters, Dale McCann of Pasadena, Gale Hasselhoff of Baltimore and Margaret S. Triggs of Glen Burnie; a brother, Milton Hasselhoff of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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