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Earl E. Uhlfelder, 83, insurance agent

Earl E. Uhlfelder, a retired insurance agent who volunteered for many years at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, died Thursday of heart failure at the home of his son in Reisterstown. He was 83.

Mr. Uhlfelder retired in 1972 from the Northwest Baltimore office of Sun Life Insurance Co., where he began his career in 1947. Earlier, he had worked as a salesman for F. A. Davis Co. and Colgate-Palmolive.

For the last 10 years, Mr. Uhlfelder spent most of his time as a volunteer at Bayview in East Baltimore, where he organized the Emergency Clothes Closet, which provides clothing for needy patients. He also worked on the hospital's blood drives.

He had been a water safety instructor for more than 20 years at the North Branch YMCA in Northeast Baltimore.

Born and reared near Clifton Park, he was a 1936 graduate of City College, where he played lacrosse and football. In 1935, he was the star of the City College-Polytechnic Institute lacrosse match after scoring five goals.

He enjoyed crabbing and fishing from a vintage Eastern Shore workboat that had been built by noted shipbuilder Harvey Hurley.

His marriage to the former Margaret Taylor ended in divorce.

Plans for a memorial service at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center were incomplete yesterday.

He is survived by a son, Thomas E. Uhlfelder of Reisterstown; a daughter, Alice Margaret Wilson of Manassas, Va.; and four grandchildren.

Rita Bridget Curtis, 91, A&P; accounting clerk

Rita Bridget Curtis, a retired accounting clerk with the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., died in her sleep Saturday at the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on the Eastern Shore. The former Arbutus resident was 91.

Mrs. Curtis began her career with the A&P; grocery chain in the early 1930s.

After her marriage in 1935 and raising her children, she returned to work in 1950 at A&P;'s local central office on Franklintown Road in West Baltimore. She continued working for A&P; after its offices were relocated to Columbia and retired in 1973

Mrs. Curtis went back to A&P; as a temporary worker and retired again in 1988.

Rita Bridget Reville was born in Wexford County, Ireland. After her mother's death , she lived in Liverpool, England, for several years before immigrating to Baltimore in 1919.

She graduated from St. Martin High School.

Her husband, Kenneth A. Curtis, died in 1984. The couple lived for many years in Edmondson Village before moving to Arbutus.

A lifelong Democrat, she worked in the campaigns of Rep. Samuel Freidel and former Mayor William Donald Schaefer.

She was a former president of the Calvert Hall College Mother's Club and enjoyed listening to Irish music, reading and playing cards. She was a member of the Crosstowners Duckpin Bowling League for many years.

She had been a communicant of St. Bernardine Roman Catholic Church and Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave., Catonsville.

She is survived by a son, Lawrence D. Curtis of Ellicott City; two daughters, Jeanne Dickson of Ocean Pines and Rita Anne McCormick of Ocean City; a sister, Elizabeth Dougherty of Severna Park; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

William L. Katzenberger, 80, lumber company owner

William L. Katzenberger, retired owner of a lumber company and former chairman of the board of Laurel Federal Savings & Loan, died Friday of pneumonia at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. He was 80.

An Olney resident, Mr. Katzenberger established Bradley Lumber Co. in 1950 and sold it in 1970. He later owned and operated Bilger Associates, a wholesale lumber and millwork business in Laurel, which he also sold.

He was a former member and chairman of the board of Laurel Federal S&L; for many years.

"He loved playing with money," his wife of 57 years, the former Marjorie Brock, said with a laugh. "Whatever organization he was involved with, he usually wound up serving as treasurer."

Mr. Katzenberger was a charter member and past president of the Olney Rotary Club and had been treasurer of the Howard County Hounds, a fox-hunting group. He was also a member of Brooke Manor and Holly Hills country clubs.

An avid duck and goose hunter, he was a member of Montchester Gun Club on the Eastern Shore.

Born and raised in Catonsville, he was a 1938 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and attended the University of Maryland. During World War II, he served in the merchant marine aboard freighters on the dangerous run to Murmansk, Russia.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, 15661 Norbeck Road, Silver Spring.

He also is survived by four sons, James W. Katzenberger of Mount Airy, Mark G. Katzenberger of Baton Rouge, La., William L. Katzenberger Jr. of Olney and Donald C. Katzenberger of Damascus; a daughter, Barbara King of Glenelg; two sisters, Helen Heyer of Silver Spring and Bettie Zeller of Cape Cod, Mass.; and six grandchildren.

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