William Foresman Shafer, 46, construction managerWilliam Foresman...


William Foresman Shafer, 46, construction manager

William Foresman Shafer, an architect who specialized in construction management and former Guilford resident, died Friday at his home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., of skin cancer. He was 46.

During the period he resided in Guilford, from 1986 to 1996, Mr. Shafer contributed to the design and construction of the physics and astronomy building at the Johns Hopkins University, and the Homer Gudelsky Building at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

He handled firework displays as a member of the Steak Club of Guilford. More recently, he served on the board of managers for the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club. He also was affiliated with Shafer Vineyards, a family-owned and operated winery in California's Napa Valley.

Mr. Shafer was a graduate of the Deerford School at Stanford University and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

A memorial service is scheduled Wednesday at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Susan Briere Shafer, and two daughters, Whitney McDonald Shafer and Lucy Elizabeth Shafer, all of Saratoga Springs; his father, John R. Shafer of Napa, Calif.; his mother, Elizabeth S. Wells of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two brothers, Donald F. Shafer of St. Helena, Calif., and Bradford J. Shafer of San Francisco; and a sister, Elizabeth S. Cafaro, of St. Helena, Calif.

Edna E. Eiring, 82, accountant and volunteer

Edna E. Eiring, an accountant and American Red Cross volunteer, died Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson of complications from heart and lung surgery. She was 82.

Born Edna MacBrair in Dayton, Ohio, she moved to Baltimore in the 1920s and graduated from Forest Park High School in the 1930s.

Soon after, she married Henry Eiring, and they moved to Middle River.

Mrs. Eiring worked as a dental assistant in Baltimore during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

In 1946, a year before moving to Fork, she founded Fork Hardware Co. with her husband and brother-in-law, Lawrence Eiring. They ran the store from a 19th-century building that once was a carriage house.

Until the business was sold in 1976, Mrs. Eiring handled the company's accounting, a self-taught skill. Every Friday night, brought the week's records home to her kitchen and updated the ledger by hand.

"My mother was the one with the money mind in the family," said her son, Larry Eiring of Fork. "She knew finances."

In 1985, a year after her husband died, Mrs. Eiring began volunteering at the Bel Air office of the American Red Cross, where she managed records and helped run the office for 11 years. She was named Volunteer of the Year at the Bel Air office several times.

During the 1960s, she was active in the Kingsville Lioness Club, the women's auxiliary of the Crescent Yacht Club in Middle River during the 1970s and 1980s, and the Boumi Temple Auxiliary in Baltimore during the 1980s.

Mrs. Eiring, who moved to Bel Air last year, loved to bake.

"People will remember her for pies and cakes," Larry Eiring said. "All the wedding cakes for people in the family, she made them."

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church of Blenheim, 13300 Manor Road in Long Green.

In addition to her son, she is survived by two daughters, Barbara Meadowcroft of Edgewood and Edna King of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Juanita H. Johnson, 79, homemaker and gardener

Juanita Harrison Johnson, a Rosedale-area homemaker who delighted neighbors with the many flower beds, bird feeders and birdhouses that dotted her yard, died of a stroke while visiting family in Ligonier, Pa., Tuesday. She was 79.

Mrs. Johnson moved to Baltimore from Smithfield, N.C., in 1941. She lived in several communities around Baltimore, but spent the last 14 years in the Chesaco Park neighborhood of Rosedale in Baltimore County.

She and her husband, Warren L. Johnson, were members of Woodlawn Gospel Chapel for 53 years, where Mrs. Johnson served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in December.

Services were held Saturday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Edward R. Johnson of Ligonier, Pa., and Sherwood W. Johnson of Baltimore; and two sisters, Middis Overbee of Goldsboro, N.C., and Wanna Mae Miller of Champion, Pa.

Wilmer W. Hoffman, 85, electronics salesman

Wilmer W. "Pug" Hoffman, who spent his 39-year career selling electronics supplies for various companies in Baltimore, died Thursday at St. Agnes HealthCare after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

Mr. Hoffman served in the U.S. Army Occupational Forces in Germany in 1945-46, attaining the rank of sergeant. After leaving the service, he worked at Westinghouse, Bendix and MilTech, from which he retired in 1995.

The longtime Catonsville resident was a member of the Boumi Temple, Scottish Rite, Palestine Lodge No. 189, and a former member of the Rolling Road Golf Club. He was an avid fan of the Orioles and the Colts.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Jane G. Mullenberg of Catonsville; and a son, Jack W. Hoffman of Fort Myers, Fla.

Alethia Shipley Flater, 78, Balto. County library trustee

Alethia "Lea" Shipley Flater, a former trustee of the Baltimore County Public Library, died Tuesday of lung cancer at her home in Belleair, Fla. She was 78.

A native and longtime resident of Randallstown, she graduated from Baltimore County public schools and attended Strayer Business College. She worked in real estate, as a medical secretary and as a lighting consultant. She was appointed to the library's board of trustees in 1960 and retired as board president in 1973.

Mrs. Flater was a descendent of two of Maryland's oldest families, the Shipleys and Worthingtons. She was active in the Northwest Democratic Club during the 1950s and '60s.

She and her husband of 58 years, William Henry Flater Jr., retired to Belleair in 1977.

Memorial services were held Thursday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Gary Worth- ington Flater of Reisterstown; a daughter, Suzanne Shipley Flater of Edgewood; and a granddaughter.

Myron H. Kent, 85, rigging supervisor

Myron H. "Bud" Kent, a retired rigging supervisor from Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard, died of cancer Tuesday in Chestertown. He was 85.

Raised in the Pimlico area, Mr. Kent graduated from Forest Park High School, where he played soccer and baseball. He also played softball in the Old Eastwood Park Softball League for Esso and Hilltop teams.

He retired from the Key Highway shipyard in 1977, after 36 years of service. He and his wife of 56 years, the former Anna L. Gregory, later moved from Owings Mills to Chestertown, where he became an avid crabber and fisherman.

Services were held Friday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard G. Kent of Alexandria, Va.; and a brother, Richard H. Kent of Parkville.

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