Joanne C. Verner, banker, dies

Joanne Verner
Joanne Verner (Joanne Verner / HANDOUT)

Joanne C. Verner, a former banker who later worked for a grocery store and a cruise line, died of multiple myeloma July 6 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 81.

The daughter of Ellwood B. Edwards, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. electrical engineer, and Mildred M. Whaley Edwards, a registered nurse, Joanne Carol Edwards was born in Baltimore and raised on Cranston Avenue.


She was a 1953 graduate of Seton High School and attended the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy for two years before deciding to go into banking.

While she was in college, she worked as a telephone operator for the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. before marrying Norman Hovermale, a First National Bank loan officer. The couple settled in Woodlawn. The marriage ended in divorce.

In the early 1960s, she became a branch manager for Edmondson Federal Savings & Loan and then became vice president of business development at Carteret, N.J.-based Carteret Savings Bank, which had extensive operations in Maryland.

Mrs. Verner was in charge of locating, developing and constructing branches in the state. She later joined Ryland Mortgage as a vice president.

After retiring in 1996, she worked in the accounting department of Wegman's in Hunt Valley and later for Royal Caribbean Cruises as a passenger representative.

The former Catonsville resident, who lived in Lutherville, volunteered for many years at Boumi Temple Shriner's events as well as with the Order of the Eastern Star. Her philanthropic interests included Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Gilchrist Hospice Care, where she also was a volunteer.

Mrs. Verner enjoyed entertaining family, friends and business associates at her home.

A world traveler, she also liked playing golf, skiing and horseback riding.

In 1994 she married Alan E. Verner, a mechanical engineer, who died that year.

Plans for a celebration of her life to be held in the fall are incomplete.

She is survived by two daughters, Norma Jean Simpson of Alloway, N.J., and Kelly Bass of San Clemente, Calif.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen