Margaret Mayle Weaver, 82, teacher in city...


Margaret Mayle Weaver, 82, teacher in city schools

Margaret Mayle Grimes Weaver, a retired Baltimore public school teacher, died Feb. 1 at Augsburg Lutheran Home in Lochearn of complications from diabetes. The former Ashburton resident was 82.

Mrs. Weaver began teaching in city schools in 1959 and retired in 1979.

Margaret Mayle was born in Belpre, Ohio. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Ohio State University and a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1940, she married James W. Grimes. After his death in 1959, she moved from Madison, Wis., to Baltimore.

In 1966, she married Lewyn Weaver, who died in 1995.

Mrs. Weaver enjoyed crocheting, reading and attending the annual Sigma Crab Feasts.

She was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, 3900 Liberty Heights Ave., where services were held yesterday.

She is survived by two sons, James R. Grimes of Baltimore and Jon W. Grimes of Los Angeles; two daughters, Sheryl D. Grimes of Baltimore and Mary Elizabeth Holley of Fayetteville, Ga.; a brother, Darwin "Deke" Mayle of Marietta, Ohio; a sister, Juanita Mayle Henderson of Philadelphia; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Another daughter, Nita Grimes Kanney, died in 1991.

Alfonso J. Iaderosa, 79, Army intelligence officer

Alfonso J. Iaderosa, a retired Army intelligence officer, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Boiling Springs, Pa. He was 79.

He worked in intelligence posts at Fort Meade in the 1960s and at Fort Holabird in the 1970s. He served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

He retired in 1976 as chief of counter-intelligence for the Army in Europe. Among his decorations was the Bronze Star.

Born in Bradford, Pa., he was a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

In 1946, he married Mildred I. Moser, who died in 1992.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at the Army War College Chapel in Carlisle, Pa.

He is survived by two sons, John F. Iaderosa of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Paul M. Iaderosa of Dover, N.H.; a daughter, Jan I. Chapin of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Norman Himelfarb, 67, English teacher

Norman Himelfarb, a retired educator, died Monday of heart disease at Sinai Hospital. He was 67 and lived in Pikesville.

When he retired in 1980 he was chairman of the English department at Pikesville High School. Earlier, he had taught at Sudbrook and Woodlawn junior high schools.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised in Forest Park and graduated from Forest Park High School. He attended the Johns Hopkins University, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in education.

Active in Zionist organizations, he was a member of the Baltimore Zionist District's public affairs committee. In 1992 he received the Judge Simon Sobeloff Award for his work for Israel.

He organized forums with elected officials and often wrote letters to The Sun.

In 1954, he married Irene Oppel, who survives him.

Services were held yesterday .

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Joel Himelfarb of Rockville, Richard Himelfarb of West Islip, N.Y., and Saul Himelfarb of Baltimore; a sister, Honey Scherr of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Asray P. Snowden, 91, domestic worker

Asray P. Snowden, a retired domestic worker, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Millennium Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 91.

A resident of West Lexington Street since 1950, Mrs. Snowden was employed as a domestic for 30 years and retired in the 1960s.

Asray Peas was born in Aurora, N.C., and moved to Baltimore as a child. She attended city public schools.

She was married to William Snowden for many years. He died in 1961.

Mrs. Snowden was a member of Mount Hebron Baptist Church and the Waxter Senior Center.

Services were held yesterday .

She is survived by a grandson, Edward Stevenson of Baltimore; and several cousins.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Edith Stevenson.

Sheila A. Bowater, 63, dancer on The Block

Sheila Alberta Bowater, who danced at clubs on The Block, died Feb. 1 of cancer at her daughter's home in Tigard, Ore. She was 63 and had lived in Charles Village for nearly 40 years until moving to Oregon in 1999.

Appearing as Lady Zorro and attired in a mask, cape and a wide-brimmed hat, she danced at the Oasis and the Two O'Clock Club on The Block beginning in the early 1960s.

"She was the friend of the great names on The Block -- Blaze Starr, Pam Gail and Julius Salisbury," said her daughter, Eileen Carrico Murche. "All the people on The Block knew her. When the clubs closed, her friends came back to our house to continue the party."

Before retiring in the 1970s, Miss Bowater appeared in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev., and in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and London.

In retirement, she and friends followed the Maryland thoroughbred racing circuit. She also prepared meals for elderly neighbors in the 300 block of E. 28th St., where she resided.

Born in New York City, she was a graduate of Bayview Academy in Providence, R.I.

Funeral services were private.

She also is survived by her mother, Dorothy Staples; a brother, Antonio Cipriano; and a sister, Henrietta Cipriano, all of Hialeah, Fla.; and a grandson.

Florence Lawler, 90, school administrator

Florence Lawler, a retired school administrator, died Saturday of complications from cancer and congestive heart failure at her home in Maitland, Fla. She was 90 and lived in the Little Lithuania section of Southwest Baltimore.

Active in Baltimore's Lithuanian community in the 800 block of Hollins St., where she lived for many years, she became assistant to the public school superintendent in Burlington, Vt., in 1958. She retired in the late 1970s.

Born Florence Laukaitis in Baltimore, she attended Western High School and the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1937, she married Dr. Francis C. Lawler, a bacteriologist and public health administrator, who died in 1962.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. William of York Roman Catholic Church, 600 Cooks Lane.

She is survived by a son, Francis C. Lawler of Maitland; a daughter, Dr. Julia N. Palmer of Tomah, Wis.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


James Louis "J.J." Johnson, 77, an influential jazz trombonist who also arranged and recorded scores for movies and television, committed suicide Sunday in Indianapolis. He had been ill in recent months.

The Indianapolis native, who began playing piano at age 11, was a perennial winner of Down Beat magazine's readers poll as best trombonist.

While he was praised by jazz aficionados, Mr. Johnson also made his mark in popular culture, writing and arranging music for such television shows as "Starsky and Hutch," "Mayberry, R.F.D." and "That Girl."

His film music credits included "Cleopatra Jones" and "Shaft."

During his long career, he performed with such jazz greats as Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.

Howard Clark, 84, a corporate executive who manned the helm at American Express while it developed into a corporate giant, died Friday in Greenwich, Conn.

He was named president and chief executive of American Express in 1960, when the now-ubiquitous green charge card was only 2 years old. Although the company was losing money, he declined to sell the business to Diners Club, a competitor, and instead chose to aim the card at wealthy travelers, taking advantage of the growth of commercial air travel.

Fuki Kushida, 101, a Japanese women's rights and peace activist who became president of the Federation of Japanese Women in 1958, died Monday in Tokyo.

In November 1999, at age 100 and in a wheelchair, she led about 2,000 people in Tokyo in a protest of stronger Japan-U.S. defense ties.

Virginia Taylor, 62, a black Republican leader and women's rights and civil rights activist, died Feb. 1 in Tacoma, Wash., after a three-year battle with uterine cancer. She was founder and publisher of the weekly Northwest Dispatch.

Jesse Arreola, 31, drummer of the Grammy-winning Tejano band Los Palominos, died Sunday in a bus accident in Port LaVaca, Texas.

Gilbert Trigano, 80, whose Club Med resorts revolutionized modern tourism and delivered sunny vacation destinations to the masses, died Saturday in Paris after a long illness.

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