Miriam K. KiefferSchool principalServices for Miriam Kirby...


May 11, 1991

Miriam K. Kieffer

School principal

Services for Miriam Kirby Kieffer, a retired elementary school principal, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Christ United Methodist Church in Chestertown.

Mrs. Kieffer, who was 79 and lived in Chestertown, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at the Magnolia Hall nursing home there.

She retired in 1972 as principal of the Chestertown Elementary School, a post she had held since 1951. She began her teaching career in 1933 at the nearby, one-room Swan Creek School.

The former Miriam Kirby was a native of Kent County and graduated from Chestertown High School and what is now Towson State University.

She also attended Washington College and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware.

A former president of the Kent County Retired Teachers Association, she was a member of the Maryland State Teachers Association, the National Education Association and the Delta Kappa Gamma honorary society.

She is survived by her husband, Jack E. Kieffer; a son, James Crist Kieffer of Kingsville; a brother, Allen Rayfield Kirby of Towson; a sister, Irene Benton of Chestertown; and three grandchildren.

Robert Schwartz

Office manager

Services for Robert E. Schwartz, retired office manager for the Association of Maryland Pilots, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Mr. Schwartz, who was 71, died Wednesday in his sleep at his home on Rollingwood Road in Catonsville.

He retired in 1981 after working for many years for the pilots.

Born in Catonsville, he was a graduate of Catonsville High School and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Catonsville, he also did volunteer work as an accountant for the Maryland Science Center.

He was fond of flower and vegetable gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Eileen R. Smith; a daughter, Linda S. Wilson of Catonsville; two sons, Robert E. Schwartz Jr. of Hagerstown, and John F. Schwartz of Woodlawn; and five grandchildren.

Andrew J. Hohman

Fire Department officer

A Mass of Christian burial for Andrew J. Hohman, a retired lieutenant in the Baltimore Fire Department, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 740 N. Calvert St.

Mr. Hohman, who was 78 and lived in the Marylander Apartments, died Wednesday of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital.

He retired in 1970 from the Fire Prevention Bureau, where he taught fire prevention courses to sixth-grade classes in public and parochial schools in Baltimore.

He had been a member of the Fire Department for more than 30 years.

For several years after his retirement, he served as assistant building superintendent at the Gilman School.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1931 graduate of Loyola High School and attended Loyola College.

He had also been a member of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary and was a volunteer there.

His wife, the former Mary Callahan, died in 1985.

He is survived by a daughter, Katherine H. Miles of Towson; and two grandchildren.

Jean Nickel

Dental hygienist

A Mass of Christian burial for Jean Nickel, a dental hygienist who headed professional groups, will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday at the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Conkling Street and Foster Avenue.

Miss Nickel, who was 51 and resided on Holly Hunt Road in Middle River, died of a respiratory illness Friday at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

She worked 35 years in the Highlandtown office of Dr. John Woytowitz, starting as a part-time dental assistant while a student.

A native of Highlandtown, she was a 1958 graduate of Patterson Park High School, attended the University of Maryland in College Park and later graduated from Howard University as a dental hygienist.

She was a former president of the Baltimore City Dental Assistants Association, which she helped to start, and of the Maryland Dental Assistants Association.

Also, she was a former president of the Maryland State Dental Hygiene Association, under whose auspices she traveled to Guatemala about five years ago to spend several weeks as a volunteer worker.

At Patterson Park and at the University of Maryland, she played the French horn in marching bands, and she later played with a volunteer East Baltimore band that played in parks and at neighborhood events.

Survivors include her parents, Jeannette and Albert Nickel Sr. of Forest Hill; a sister, Dolores Righter of Timonium; three brothers, Albert Nickel Jr. of Silver Lake, Wis., Leon Nickel Sr. of Timonium, and Walter Nickel of Parkville; her maternal grandmother, Rose Weibley of Lancaster, Pa.; nine nephews; and two nieces.

The family suggested memorial contributions could be made to the pulmonary division at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

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