Services for Russell Neal, who set up games and passed out balloons, lollipops and other treats for the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, Baker and Carey streets.
Mr. Neal, who was 65 and lived on Duvall Avenue, died Monday at the Brighton Manor Nursing Home of complications from diabetes.
nTC He was nicknamed "Ham" because of a childhood fondness for the food.
He worked for the department since the early 1960s, first as a truck driver and then with the Office of Adventures in Fun. He retired about two years ago.
Virginia S. Baker, the director of the office, said that in addition to setting up games and working with children, Mr. Neal was good at recruiting teen-age volunteers.
A member of the Baltimore City Recreation Pioneers Hall of Fame, he had been cited for his work by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Neal sponsored a yearly fair in Sandtown, the West Baltimore neighborhood where he was raised.
served in the Army in Europe and the Pacific during World War II.
He is survived by two sons, William H. and Steven Neal, both oBaltimore; four daughters, Violetta Neal Leonard of Randallstown, Stephanie Neal of Towson, Janice Maith of Baltimore, and Zelda Neal of New York City; two sisters, Martha McCready and Juanita Ross, both of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.
Joseph De Simone
A Mass of Christian burial for Joseph P. De Simone, who operated a neighborhood store, will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.
Mr. De Simone died Monday of heart disease at his home on Grindon Avenue. He was 75.
He retired 13 years ago as maintenance man at the Stewart & Co. store on York Road, where he worked for about nine years.
Earlier, he worked at the Martin Marietta Corp. plant in Middle River, the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. and at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. tin mill at Sparrows Point.
From 1949 until 1961, he and his wife operated the Grindon Grocery at their home in Lauraville.
Mr. De Simone was a native of Fiuggi, a town in Italy. He joined relatives in Baltimore in 1929 at the age of 14 and completed his education in the public school system here.
He served aboard merchant ships in the Pacific during World War II.
De Simone was a member of the Manresa Club and the Clifton Pleasure Club.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carmela Tenace; two sons, John G. and Frank A. De Simone, both of Baltimore; three daughters, Marian D. Elder of Monroeville, Pa., Carolyn D. Temple of Street and Regina D. De Simone of Baltimore; a brother, Michael De Simone of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.
Lucy G. Baier
Services for Lucy G. Baier, a Baltimore native and amateur musician, will be held at 8 p.m. today at the Connelly Funeral Home, 300 Mace Ave., Essex.
Mrs. Baier died Sunday of cancer at her home on Mace Avenue. She was 79.
The former Lucy G. Johnson was a native of Baltimore who was educated in the public schools.
She played the piano, organ, harp, guitar, banjo and other stringed instruments for her own pleasure and at family gatherings and other parties.
Her husband, Adam P. Baier, died in 1987.
She is survived by two daughters, Vicki Dotterweich and Dorothy King, both of Essex; two sons, Ramon R. Baier, wire room chief at The Baltimore Sun, and George William Baier, both of Essex; a sister, Virginia Heyman of Santa Fe, N.M.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.