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Betty L. Johnson, 73, homemaker

Betty L. Johnson, a homemaker and longtime Parkton resident, died Wednesday of a heart attack at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 73.

Mrs. Johnson was an avid golfer and bridge player. She also enjoyed collecting 18th- and 19th-century English antiques.

The former Betty Langenfelder, who was born and reared in Rosedale, was the granddaughter of C. J. Langenfelder, founder of the Baltimore construction company that bears his name.

She was a 1944 graduate of Kenwood High School and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. She was married in 1949 to Jay Johnson, a vice president of C. J. Langenfelder & Son Inc. who died in 1981.

She was a member of Baltimore Country Club.

Services were private.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by a son, Jay E. Johnson of Reisterstown; two daughters, Tracy Johnson of Boca Raton, Fla., and Jamie Johnson of Cockeysville; three sisters, Jean Helms of Towson, Rita Mae Weber of Rehoboth, Del., and Georgia Lee Linthicum of Owings Mills; and two grandchildren.

Lunet Blanding, 81, West Baltimore gardener

Lunet Blanding, a retired day care provider known for her exotic West Baltimore garden, died Thursday of cancer at her home. She was 81.

In 1959, Mrs. Blanding moved to the Lexington Terrace homes in West Baltimore, and after they were demolished, she moved into the Towns at the Terrace, a cluster of town houses on Saratoga Street that replaced the former public housing project.

"You wouldn't believe what she grew in that garden," said a daughter, Luesta Owens of West Baltimore.

"She took up the grass in front and back of her home and planted flowers, collard greens, tomatoes and even cotton. A relative in South Carolina sent her a cotton plant, and she planted it. It was amazing, she was growing cotton on Saratoga Street," she said.

Mrs. Blanding earned the nickname "Miss Green Thumb," and visitors, including then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer, stopped by to see what she was growing in her garden, said family members.

Born Lunet Roberts in Sumter, S.C., she attended public schools there. She was married in the late 1930s to Charlie Blanding and moved to Baltimore. Mr. Blanding, a B&O; Railroad trackman, died in 1958.

A lifetime B&O; pass entitled her to rail travel, but Mrs. Blanding preferred staying at her West Baltimore home, gardening rather than traveling.

For 26 years until retiring in 1991, Mrs. Blanding was a licensed day care provider, caring for children in her home.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bernardine Roman Catholic Church, Edmondson Ave. and Mount Holly St. in Baltimore.

Mrs. Blanding is survived by two other daughters, Julia Blanding and Lillian Blanding, both of Baltimore; a sister, Lenora Dingle of Baltimore; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Lenore Sisler Hunt, 75, nursing administrator

Lenore Sisler Hunt, a registered nurse and retired nursing administrator, died Wednesday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Chapel Hill Nursing Center in Randallstown. She was 75.

Before moving into Sunrise Assisted Living Community in Columbia 16 months ago, Mrs. Hunt had lived in Bel Air for 45 years.

Mrs. Hunt retired in 1986 from the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she had been surgical nursing coordinator for 15 years. She had joined the Towson hospital in 1965 as a relief supervisor. She began her nursing career in 1948 and worked at Lutheran Hospital for 17 years.

Lenore Sisler was born in Friendsville, Garrett County, and graduated in 1944 from Friendsville High School. She earned her nursing degree in 1948 from the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing and earned a second bachelor's degree in 1977 from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg.

She was a member of the Bel Acres Homemakers Club and the Alumnae Association of Lutheran Hospital.

In her retirement, she volunteered at Harford Hospice and was active with the Harford County Parkinson's Disease Support Group.

She was married in 1948 to John Warren Hunt Sr., a Martin-Marietta Corp. mechanic, who died in 1975.

She was a member of Bel Air United Methodist Church, 21 Linwood Ave., Bel Air, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Mrs. Hunt is survived by three sons, John W. Hunt Jr. of Covington, La., George M. Hunt of Bel Air and Bruce C. Hunt of Lighthouse Point, Fla.; four brothers, Edward Sisler of Raleigh, N.C., Bennett Sisler of Littleton, Colo., Hugh Sisler of Hyattsville and Cecil Sisler of Margate, Fla.; five sisters, Betsy Olson of Reisterstown, Elsie Slagle of Bruceton Mills, W.Va., Alice Friend of Burtonsville, Rosie Lewis of Rockville and Peggy Tipton of Hagerstown; and six grandchildren.

James F. Webb, 81, county school teacher

James F. Webb, a retired Baltimore County physical education teacher and former Towson resident, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Orangeburg, S.C. He was 81.

An Orangeburg resident since 1996, Mr. Webb began teaching at Towsontown Junior High School in 1954. After the school closed in 1977, he joined the faculty of Loch Raven Junior High School, where he taught until retiring in 1980.

He was born and raised in Dorothy, W.Va. During World War II, he served with the Army Medical Corps in India. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of private.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1951 from Concord College in Athens, W.Va., and a master's degree in 1952 from the University of West Virginia.

He was a former member of Valley Baptist Church in Lutherville and was an avid quilter.

Services were held Friday at Orangeburg Baptist Tabernacle in Orangeburg, S.C.

He his survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Maxine Bradford, and many nephews and nieces.


Lester Atwell, 92, a novelist who wrote about his World War II experiences, died April 30. His novels include "Life With Its Sorrow, Life With Its Tears" and "Private," a fictionalized account of an inexperienced infantry company and its medical aid station.

Charles Dana Jr., 86, a philanthropist, died Wednesday after he was struck by a car. Mr. Dana was a founding member of the Charles A. Dana Foundation, which was named for his father. The foundation's beneficiaries have included the Freedom Institute, the Museum of the City of New York, the Central Park Conservancy and the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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