Thelma R. JohnsonKentucky nativeGraveside services for...


May 02, 1991

Thelma R. Johnson

Kentucky native

Graveside services for Thelma R. Johnson, who lived in the Baltimore area for many years, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Woodland Cemetery in Delhi, N.Y.

Mrs. Johnson, who was 84, moved to Pittsburgh in 1983 and died at a hospital there April 21 after an apparent heart attack.

Her first husband, Samuel M. Thomson, served as president of the Baltimore Bank for Co-operatives before his death in 1958. Her second husband, retired Navy Capt. Richard F. Johnson, who participated in the formation of NATO, died in 1979.

The former Thelma Riggs was a native of Kentucky.

After moving to Baltimore in the 1930s, she belonged to the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, did volunteer work at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was a member of Planned Parenthood.

She is survived by a daughter, Isabel Thomson Meisler of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Rt. Rev. Allen Miller

Retired Easton bishop

Services for the Right Rev. Allen J. Miller, retired Episcopal bishop of Easton, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Trinity Cathedral in Easton.

The current bishop, the Right Rev. Elliott L. Sorge, will preside over the service for Bishop Miller, who died April 24 after collapsing at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 90.

He became the fifth bishop of Easton in 1949 and retired in 1967. After moving to Naples, he assisted the bishop of central Florida for a time and, more recently, visited hospitals and engaged in group prayer and meditation.

Before becoming bishop of Easton, he was rector of the Church of the Messiah in Baltimore for five years.

Earlier, he served churches in Trinity, N.Y., and Bridgehampton, N.Y., and St. Thomas' Church in Washington, to which President Franklin D. Roosevelt had belonged.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a 1924 honors graduate of Johnson Bible College in Kimberlin Heights, Tenn., and a 1930 graduate of Yale Divinity School. He also attended Oxford University and earned a doctorate with honors at Edinburgh University. In 1951, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the South.

His wife, the former Etta M. Piper, died in 1989.

He is survived by a niece, Mrs. William Schaeffer of Diamond Bar, Calif.


Edward W. Adams

Freight salesman

Edward W. Adams, a retired freight salesman and formestreetcar conductor, died April 17 after a long illness. He was 73.

Mr. Adams was born on a tobacco farm in Drayden, St. Mary's County. He moved to Baltimore in 1939, working as a streetcar motorman and conductor for the now-defunct United Railway Co., and he was a charter member and shop steward for Division 1300 of the Amalgamated Transit Union.

He later became a supervisor for the Baltimore Transit Co.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former E. Melba Anderson; one daughter, Mary E. Hall of Hampshire, England; four sons, Edward E., Robert W., Glenn F. and Mark J. Adams, all of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Charles S. Ridgely

Seminary janitor

A Mass of Christian burial for Charles S. Ridgely, a retired janitor who worked at the old St. Charles College, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church, 1546 N. Fremont Ave.

Mr. Ridgely, who was 92, died after a short illness Saturday at St. Martin's Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, located next to the old college.

He retired about 30 years ago after working at the college, a minor seminary, for 16 years. Before working at the seminary, he was a helper on Jacobs Transfer trucks.

The Baltimore native was fond of visiting the Lexington Market.

His wife, the former Clara Thomas, died in 1971.

He is survived by four sons, Edward E. Ridgely of Pikesville, Wendell A. Ridgely of Baltimore, and Vernon C. and Melvin T. Ridgely, both of Eldersburg; four daughters, Ernestine Blackwell Randallstown, Doris Williams of Riverside, Calif., Doretha Blackwell of Woodlawn and Wahseeola Pajardo of Baltimore; 30 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Leland A. Strassner

Insurance agent

Leland A. Strassner, a Baltimore native who was a retired insurance agent, died April 13 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after a stroke.

Mr. Strassner, 82, retired in 1978 when he closed the Strassner Insurance Agency of Florida, which he founded when he moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1966.

In that year, he resigned as a general agent and board member of the Chesapeake Life Insurance Co., where he had worked since 1960.

He graduated from City College and the Johns Hopkins University.

He is survived by his wife, the former Claire Rhein; two sisters, Mary Alson and Flora Grau, and two grandsons, Richard L. Strassner Jr. and David L. Strassner, all of Baltimore; three granddaughters; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services for Hugh H. Jones III, a retired accountant, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Heritage Church of God, 8146 Quarterfield Road.

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