Rena D. Sugar, 90, city teacher, principalRena...


Rena D. Sugar, 90, city teacher, principal

Rena D. Sugar, a longtime Baltimore elementary school educator, died Sunday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital. She was 90.

Mrs. Sugar, a Glen Avenue resident for more than 50 years, began her teaching career in city public schools in 1929 and retired in 1974 after several years as principal of the old Springhill Elementary School in Northwest Baltimore. She taught from 1941 to 1951 at Liberty Elementary School.

Born in Baltimore, Rena Deitsch was the daughter of Russian immigrant parents. She was a graduate of Western High School and earned her teaching degree in 1929 from the State Normal School, now Towson University. She later earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1937, she married Harold Sugar, a salesman who died in 1985.

Mrs. Sugar was a former member of the board of Beth Jacob Congregation, where she had also been active in the sisterhood.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Mark Sugar of Villa Park, Calif.; a daughter, Linda Barron of Pikesville; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Doris G. Sappington, 82, homemaker, clerk for A&P;

Doris G. Sappington, a homemaker and former Brooklyn resident, died of a stroke Jan. 29 at a hospital in New Smyrna, Fla. She was 82.

A resident of Port Orange, Fla., since 1979, Mrs. Sappington had worked as a produce clerk for Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. from 1955 to 1965.

Born Doris G. Wholey in Baltimore, she was raised in South Baltimore. She attended city public schools and married James W. Sappington in 1938. He died in 1987.

She enjoyed entertaining her family, gardening, fishing and crabbing.

She was a member of the Cedarettes of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Jolly Pleasure Club.

Services were Saturday.

Survivors include a son, James W. Sappington Jr. of Port Orange; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Jean Ann Timlin, died in 1998.

Miriam C. Cowley, 89, worked at Social Security

Miriam C. Cowley, a retired executive secretary and member of patriotic organizations, died Jan. 29 of undetermined causes at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The Towson resident was 89.

Mrs. Cowley, who had worked in New York City for years for lawyers and doctors, was employed at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn after moving to Towson. She retired in 1970.

Born Miriam Caldwell in Georgetown, S.C., she moved with her family to Richmond, Va., where she graduated from high school. She attended University of South Florida, and earned a bachelor's degree from Towson University in 1977.

Mrs. Cowley was a former division president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of America and the National Huguenot Society.

She enjoyed traveling and knitting baby caps for needy children.

Mrs. Cowley was a member of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton.

Services were held Saturday.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, John R. Cowley.

Louise Owens Sapp, 101, Anne Arundel teacher

Louise Owens Sapp, a former Anne Arundel County public school educator, died of pneumonia Friday at her daughter's Catonsville home. She was 101.

Mrs. Sapp taught mathematics at Glen Burnie High School from the early 1940s until she retired in 1961.

Born in the southern Anne Arundel community of Bristol, she was the daughter of a farmer. A graduate of Western Maryland College Preparatory School, she earned her bachelor's degree in education in 1923 from WMC, and began teaching that year in Harford County public schools.

She later taught at Annapolis High School, until she married the Rev. Russell Sapp, a former college classmate and Methodist minister, in 1926. She gave up teaching to raise a family and assist her husband with his pastorates, until a shortage of teachers during World War II brought Mrs. Sapp back to the classroom.

Her husband, a pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, died in 1979.

Mrs. Sapp, who lived for many years in Ten Hills, taught Sunday school and was active in Methodist Church women's organizations. She had been a member of the Ten Hills Women's Club and was a former member and secretary of Maryland General Hospital Auxiliary.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian.

She is survived by three daughters, Louise Hawkins of Catonsville, Carolyn Shortess of Newark, Del., and Jacqueline Skarbek of Ellicott City; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Warner S. Waters Sr., 76, Westinghouse employee

Warner S. Waters Sr., a retired defense contracts administrator, died of a respiratory ailment Jan. 29 at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 76 and had lived in Linthicum for 50 years.

Until his retirement in 1984, Mr. Waters worked on Navy and Air Force contacts for Westinghouse Corp. in Linthicum.

Born in Laurel, where his father owned and trained thoroughbred horses, he was a 1942 graduate of Laurel High School and studied at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Services were held Friday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Linthicum, where he was a Sunday school teacher and vestry member.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, the former Irene Dudley; two sons, Warner S. Waters Jr. of Berlin and William Waters of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Patricia Norris of Severna Park and Nancy McClintock of Crofton; and seven grandchildren.

Paul Leslie Greenlee, 53, prepared cars for sale

Paul Leslie Greenlee, a retired new-car preparation worker and drag racer, died Saturday of heart failure at his Hampstead home. He was 53.

From 1985 until retiring in 1995, Mr. Greenlee worked for Davis Buick-GMC in Westminster, preparing automobiles for sale. Earlier, he had worked for 20 years as manager of Auto Supply & Machine Shop in Baltimore.

Born in Arden, W.Va., and raised in South Baltimore, Mr. Greenlee was a 1966 graduate of Southern High School.

Mr. Greenlee built drag racers, which he drove in competition at Capitol Raceway, U.S. 30 Dragway in York, Pa., and Maryland International Raceway in La Plata.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Lansdowne, 2320 Alma Road.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Lorraine Retz; a son, Mark C. Greenlee of Hampstead; a brother, Michael Greenlee of Lansdowne; two sisters, Susan Westphal of Columbus, Ohio, and Peggy Brethauer of Manchester; and two grandchildren. Another sister, Bonnie Jean Woods, died last year.

B. Bruce Longbottom Sr., 91, insurance firm founder

B. Bruce Longbottom Sr., founder of the Longbottom Insurance Agency in Towson, died of cancer Jan. 29 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 91 and had lived in Parkville for more than half a century.

An agent for Nationwide Insurance, he established his firm in Towson in 1939. He retired in 1975 from the business, which is now operated by his son. Earlier, he had managed newspaper delivery routes for the old News American.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Rutland Avenue in East Baltimore, Mr. Longbottom attended Polytechnic Institute until leaving school to help support his family. He served in the Army during World War II.

He was married in 1941 to Catherine Marie Comen, who died in 1986.

Mr. Longbottom was a communicant of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in Carney, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday.

He is survived by his son, B. Bruce Longbottom Jr. of Phoenix, Baltimore County; three daughters, Joan C. Fiege of Stevenson, Martha A. Maciolek of White Hall and Mary E. Hoke of Baltimore; a sister, Elizabeth Schaible of Phoenix; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Vincent Charnasky, 85, housing agency attorney

Vincent Charnasky, a retired Baltimore housing department attorney, died of an aneurysm Jan. 29 while vacationing at St. Simon's Island, Ga. He was 85, and a resident of Phoenix in Baltimore County.

Mr. Charnasky retired in 1981 from the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development, where he had been an attorney for more than 30 years.

The son of Lithuanian immigrants, Mr. Charnasky was born and raised in West Baltimore and was a 1935 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He received his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Baltimore.

During World War II, he served with the Army Signal Corps in Panama.

He was married in 1949 to Hilda Max, who died in 1987. From 1966 until 1986, the couple operated Maria's Guest House, a small hotel in Ocean City.

He was a longtime member of the Lithuanian Hall Association and St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, the former Alice Blanchard; three sons, Donald Charnasky of Melbourne Beach, Fla., Joseph Charnasky of Hilton Head, S.C., and Michael Charnasky of Phoenix; a daughter, Marie Littleton of Baldwin; a sister, Anna Brewer of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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