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April 22, 1991

Vernon Johns

MIA for 23 years, to be buried

A graveside service for Sgt. 1st Class Vernon Z. Johns, a prisoner of war in Vietnam who had been listed as missing in action for 23 years, will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Baltimore National Cemetery, 5501 Frederick Ave.

Sergeant Johns was 25 when he was reported missing in action Feb. 3, 1968. His armored personnel carrier was hit by enemy fire in a field in Binh Duong province, north of Saigon.

The Army learned later that Sergeant Johns had been taken prisoner by the Viet Cong.

The Army confirmed last week that the remains of Sergeant Johns were among those of 21 servicemen returned to the United States by the Vietnamese government nearly two years ago. His remains were returned to Baltimore.

A native of Baltimore, he attended Frederick Douglass Senior High School in 1959 and 1960. After school, Mr. Johns worked in a variety of jobs and joined the Army in 1967.

Sergeant Johns is survived by his wife, Lenore Johns of Baltimore; his stepmother, Roberta C. Johns of Dover, N.C.; two brothers, Russell Johns and Winfield Johns, both of Baltimore; and four sisters, Delores Johns, Betty A. Colbert, Anna W. Savage, all of Baltimore, and Sylvia Taylor of Ridgely.

The family suggested that donations be made to the Memorial Committee of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Baltimore Local No. 451, P.O. Box 10011, Towson, Md. 21205. All donations should be noted specifically for Sergeant Vernon Z. Johns. Services for Helen A. Barnett, a former nurse, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home on Ritchie Highway.

Mrs. Barnett, a resident of the Crofton Convalescent Center for the past eight years, died Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center after suffering a stroke.

She was 87.

The former Helen Stokes was born and raised in Greenville, S.C.

She received her degree in 1923 from the Danville Nursing School in Virginia.

Mrs. Barnett worked as a registered nurse at Prince Frederick Hospital in Calvert County and later as public health nurse there.

In the early 1930s, she was head nurse at the old Kelly Clinic on Eutaw Place.

She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her husband of 36 years, Levi A. Barnett, sales representative for the old H. B. Davis Paint Co., died in 1967.

Mrs. Barnett is survived by a son, Dr. William A. Barnett of Annapolis;a brother, Raleigh E. Stokes of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Charles B. Reymann


A Mass of Christian burial for Charles B. Reymann, a Baltimore native who moved to Birmingham, Ala., 40 years ago to work as a metallurgist, will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Birmingham.

Mr. Reymann, who was 66, died Friday in Birmingham following a stroke.

After his graduation in 1942 from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Reymann worked at the Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft plant in Middle River and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1951, he moved to Birmingham to work in a research laboratory for Hayes International. He graduated from Howard College, now Samford University, in Birmingham.

Until his death he was in charge of quality and environmental control for the testing laboratories at Hayes' Pemco Aeroplex. He was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and a past president of the American Society for Metals International.

Mr. Reymann was a past president of the Board of Education of the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham.

Mr. Reymann is survived by his wife, the former Mary Cosgrove, also a Baltimore native; three sons, James W. Reymann, Douglas E. Reymann and John J. Reymann, all of Birmingham; three daughters, Mary Frances Reymann of Marietta, Ga., Patricia Reymann of Birmingham and Lucille Reymann of New York City; three brothers, Albert Reymann, Edward Reymann and John Reymann, all of Baltimore; and three sisters, Anna Hergenroeder, Helen Schroeder and Phyllis Whelan, all of Baltimore.

Frank J. Kalis

Retired auditor

A Mass of Christian burial for Frank J. Kalis, a retired auditor, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park.

Mr. Kalis, who was 71, died Friday of lung cancer at his home on Broadwater Road in Arnold.

He was born in Chicago and raised in Springfield, Ill., where he graduated from Cathedral High School.

He later studied business at the University of Illinois.

Mr. Kalis served in the U.S. Army as a warrant officer in the finance division during World War II.

He joined Allied Building Credits Inc. in 1946 and managed the construction of the community of Harundale. Mr. Kalis later worked in the Anne Arundel County auditor's office until his retirement in 1986.

Mr. Kalis was a past president of the Glen Burnie Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Glen Burnie Rotary Club, which had honored him for exemplary service.

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