Blanche Marie Dick, 93, grocery store cashierBlanche...


Blanche Marie Dick, 93, grocery store cashier

Blanche Marie Dick, a mother of seven and a former cashier and clerk at grocery stores in Gambrills from the 1940s to the 1960s, died of heart failure Friday at North Arundel Hospital. She was 93.

Blanche Marie Brown was born in Martinsburg, W. Va., where she attended school through the ninth grade.

She was married in 1929 to James Grantham Dick, who died in 1988.

A Gambrills resident for 29 years, she previously resided in Woodwardville. Mrs. Dick was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Martinsburg and enjoyed bingo, gardening and cooking.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hardesty Funeral Home in Gambrills. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society chapter in Gambrills.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Dick of Silver Spring, James Dick Jr. of Severn and George Dick of Sykesville; four daughters, Helen M. Crawford of Severn, Nancy Gulley of Odenton, Peggy Kreitzer of Berkeley Springs, W. Va., and Jean McIntosh of Jonestown, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. One brother and a sister preceded her in death.

Delverne A. Dressel, 70, product liability attorney

Delverne A. Dressel, an attorney specializing in product liability cases, died Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson of a heart attack after suffering from emphysema and lung cancer. He was 70.

Mr. Dressel, who lived in Towson, was born in Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1948. He earned a bachelor's de- gree from Heidelberg College in Ohio in 1952 and his law degree from University of Maryland School of Law in 1956.

He was a law clerk and bailiff to Baltimore Supreme Bench Judge S. Ralph Warnken from 1954 to 1956 and served as an assistant city solicitor for Baltimore from 1965 to 1967.

Mr. Dressel's sons - Del Jr., John and Mark - played for the Johns Hopkins University lacrosse team.

"One of his proudest moments was watching his two oldest sons run on the same midfield units for the championship team in 1985," said his son Del.

Mr. Dressel was a member of the Baltimore County, Maryland and American Bar Associations. He also was elected a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home.

He is survived by his three sons, Del Dressel Jr. of Towson, John Dressel of Stewartstown, Pa., and Mark Dressel of Philadelphia; a sister, Glenna M. Tarun of Baltimore; and four grandchildren. His former wife, Sondra O'Brien, lives in Ellicott City.

The family suggests contributions to the Maryland Historical Society or B&O; Railroad Museum.

George William 'Bill' Snell, 74, service company leader

George William "Bill" Snell, a well-known figure in a business that finds creative ways to recognize people for their service, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 74.

Mr. Snell was considered an innovative leader in a field that finds ways to officially notice people's contributions to colleges, hospitals and other nonprofit institutions, such as with walls bearing the names of donors.

In 1998, along with his second wife, the former Sally Van Sant Souris of Towson, he founded the Recognition Consultants Group in Hunt Valley.

For more than a quarter of a century, before moving to Maryland from Atlanta in 1998, he represented donor and service recognition companies in the southeast.

Family members described him as a "people person" who loved to mix with friends at work or at his homes in Hunt Valley and Rehoboth Beach, Del. He enjoyed listening to jazz and dancing.

Mr. Snell served in the Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946, taking part in the invasion of Okinawa.

Born in Portsmouth, Va., he was educated in local schools and at Gordon Military Academy in Barnesville, Ga. He attended William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., and graduated from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., in 1951.

While at Miami, he married his first wife, Mary Lee Boykin, who died in 1997.

A private memorial service is planned.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his mother, Louise Smirtic of Atlanta; six daughters, Maggi Souris of Towson, Molli Lapinski of Towson, Millicent Souris of Portland, Ore., Deborah Logan of Acworth, Ga., Robin Kronawitter of Mooresville, N.C., and Tracy Marsh of Dallas, Ga.; and three grandchildren.

Zulma S. Grey, 91, author, editor at Reader's Digest

Zulma Steele Grey, an author and former editor at Reader's Digest magazine, died in her sleep Friday at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm. She was 91.

A native New Yorker, Mrs. Grey was the daughter of artist and illustrator Frederic Dorr Steele, best known for illustrating the Sherlock Holmes books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

She was the author of "Angel in Top Hat," a biography of Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"She had a strong interest in him," said her son, William Frederic Grey, of Monkton.

He said his mother was an editor for Reader's Digest from the 1930s until the early 1980s. Much of her tenure involved editing the feature "Life In These United States," which appeared regularly in the magazine, he said.

Mrs. Grey's husband of 38 years, William A. Grey, was an architect and consulting engineer in Connecticut. He died in 1981.

She lived in Connecticut for many years, often spending summers at the family home in Monhegan Island, Maine, an artist's community. She had resided in Maryland since 1990.

Mrs. Grey also is survived by a brother, Robert G. Steele of Monrovia, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

The family plans private services and suggests donations in her name to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Baltimore 21236.


Deborah Walley, 57, an actress who appeared in a series of 1960s beach movies, died Thursday of esophageal cancer in Sedona, Ariz.

She appeared in 15 feature films, including in the title role in the 1961 movie "Gidget Goes Hawaiian," a sequel to the 1959 production "Gidget" that starred Sandra Dee. She also was featured in the 1965 film "Beach Blanket Bingo," starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and "Spinout" with Elvis Presley in 1966.

She had a role in the television series "The Mothers-In-Law," which ran from 1967-1969 and made guest appearances on several television shows, including "Route 66," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." and "The Virginian."

Turi Ferro, 80, a Sicilian actor best known for his stage depictions of Luigi Pirandello's characters, died Friday of a heart attack. Throughout his career, which spanned more than 50 years, he specialized in stage adaptations of works by Sicilian writers, such as Pirandello, Leonardo Sciascia and Giovanni Verga. His performance of Pirandello's "Liola" was widely acclaimed.

Joseph H. Greenberg, 85, a linguist who researched the origins of language and studied similarities among languages, died May 7 of pancreatic cancer. His latest research involved searching for common threads among the languages of Europe and Asia, from English to Korean.

David Jamieson, 80, a British Army captain during World War II who received the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest award for valor, died May 5.

He was second-in-command of a company within the Royal Norfolk Regiment, which over the course of 36 hours in August 1944 turned back seven attacks by German SS tank units on their position at a bridgehead over the River Orne in Normandy. He was wounded but refused to leave.

Sarah Tomerlin Lee, 90, whose career in fashion, advertising and interior design lasted more than six decades, died April 15.

She went back and forth between the advertising world, where she worked for Helena Rubenstein, Elizabeth Arden and Leona Helmsley, and the magazine world, where she was as an editor at Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and House Beautiful. She also worked as a vice president of Lord & Taylor in charge of advertising promotion, display and public relations.

L. Dean Brown, 80, a former U.S. ambassador to Jordan and longtime president of the Middle East Institute, died May 2 in Washington of apparent renal failure caused by heart and lung disease.

A New York native and career diplomat, he was known for packing a pistol when he went on dangerous assignments, such as his posting in Jordan during a civil war in 1970. He was also assigned to other hot spots, including Cyprus in 1975, just after the ambassador there was killed, and to Beirut, where he was greeted by mortar fire and taunts by rebel radio.

Mr. Brown was president of the Middle East Institute, a research center based in Washington, from 1975 to 1986. In 1975, Henry Kissinger tapped him to be a special envoy to Lebanon as fighting broke out.

Carlisle Chang, 80, a visual artist who helped design Trinidad's flag, died May 6 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Mr. Chang designed the Trinidad and Tobago coat-of-arms and led the design team that created the black-and-red national flag. The two-island Caribbean nation, a former British colony, became independent in 1962.

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