Norman I. Gernert, a retired Martin Marietta Co. employee and model-train collector, died of anemia Jan. 16 at the Brethren Home Community in New Oxford, Pa. The former longtime Overlea resident was 98.
Mr. Gernert was born and raised in Reading, Pa., where he graduated from high school. He also completed correspondence courses from Pennsylvania State University, family members said.
He moved to Baltimore in the late 1930s when he took a job at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River. At his 1970 retirement, he was the liaison officer between the company's engineering department and machine shop.
Mr. Gernert was an avid collector of O- and N-gauge model trains, and had a large layout at his Overlea home, where he lived until moving to the retirement community in 1996.
"He still liked to work on them and build things, but he didn't have room for a layout to run them," said his daughter, Minanne-Su Klug of Hanover, Pa.
Mr. Gernert was a former member and treasurer of Overlea Baptist Church and in recent years was a member of Calvary Assembly of God in Northeast Baltimore.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Nicarry Meetinghouse at the Brethren Home Community in New Oxford.
Other survivors include his wife of 68 years, the former Millicent Oakes; a son, Oakes N. Gernert of Greensburg, Pa.; two brothers, Sylvester Gernert of Murphy, N.C., and Robert Gernert of Reading; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.