A Mass of Christian burial for Charles W. Bands, a retired chiropractor, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Chesaco in Rosedale.
Mr. Bands, a longtime Rosedale resident, died of leukemia Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 73.
Born in Ambridge, Pa., Mr. Bands came to Baltimore in the 1930s to work for Bethlehem Steel. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army's 36th artillery division and earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. While on duty during the allied occupation of Italy, Mr. Bands became the Army's first enlisted man to have a private audience with a pope when he met Pope Pius XII.
After the war, Mr. Bands studied chiropractic and, in the 1950s, established his practice in the Rosedale and Essex areas.
Mr. Bands is survived by his wife, the former Marguerite (Deedie) Covington of Rosedale; three daughters, Dena Bands, Liane Maier and Mary Alane Downs, all of Baltimore; three granddaughters, five brothers, two sisters and numerous neices and nephews.