James W. Noonan dies


founded plumbing firmA Mass of...

August 16, 1991

James W. Noonan dies; founded plumbing firm

A Mass of Christian burial for James "Jack" W. Noonan, a founding partner of Noonan Bros. plumbing and heating company, will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Paulskirk Drive and Chatham Road, Ellicott City.

Mr. Noonan, who was 77, died of lung cancer Wednesday at the Ellicott City home of his son and daughter-in-law, James and Anna Marie Noonan.

He was born and educated in Fells Point, and later married the former Mary L. Lamartina. The couple had been married 49 years at the time of Mrs. Noonan's death in 1988.

During World War II, Mr. Noonan worked as a supervisor at the now-defunct Owens Yacht Co., which built barges used in the war.

In 1952, he and a brother, Calvert, founded the plumbing and heating business on Fleet Street in East Baltimore. Mr. Noonan ++ worked in the business, leaving in 1985 to join his son in a carpet and renovation business in Howard County.

James Noonan described his father as a loving family man who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and as a deeply religious man who was "devoted to the blessed Mother Mary and St. Joseph."

In addition to his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. Noonan is survived by five brothers, Calvert, Howard, Richard, Robert and Tommy Noonan, all of Baltimore County; three sisters, Theresa Wile, Mabel Fleming and Eleanor Jordan, all of Baltimore County; and four grandchildren.

Jeffrey S. Thames Jr.

Harford Heights student

Services for 9-year-old Jeffrey Steven Thames Jr., an East Baltimore boy who died in his sleep Tuesday, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

His family was awaiting the results of an autopsy report to determine the cause of death.

Family and friends said Jeffrey, who lived in the 1800 block of North Chester Street, had been looking forward to attending the fourth grade at Harford Heights Elementary School. They

described him as a good student who was eager to learn.

The young boy hoped to go to college and become a scientist, they said. At home, Jeffrey liked to listen to music and dance. He enjoyed playing football and baseball with friends and watching wrestling on television.

Jeffrey also attended Southern Baptist Church on North Chester Street, where he had hoped to join the junior missionary choir and usher board.

He is survived by his parents, Jennifer and Jeffrey S. Thames Sr.; his maternal grandmother, Esaldora Melvin of Baltimore; his maternal great-grandparents, Clem and Dorthea McMillan of Rex, N.C.; his paternal grandparents, Isaiah and Dorothy McPherson of Baltimore; and his paternal great-grandmother, Alice Hairiston of Philadelphia.

Ottilia Eyring Sosto

Baltimore volunteer

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for Ottilia Eyring Sosto, a longtime Baltimore volunteer, at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.

Mrs. Sosto, who was 89, died Aug. 9 at her home in Newcastle, Maine. Mrs. Sosto moved to Maine after the death of her husband Patrick J. Sosto in 1986. That year, the couple celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Vatican in Rome in a special audience with the pope.

Mrs. Sosto was born and educated in Baltimore and attended design school as a young woman. She lived most of her life on Chesterfield Avenue in Northeast Baltimore, in the shadow of the church that her family helped design and build in the early 1950s. She reared her daughters there to remind them of their heritage.

In later years, Mrs. Sosto was an active member of the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary. Last year she wrote a tribute in celebration of the hospital's 125th anniversary, which was published in the Pacemaker, the hospital's monthly journal.

She also was a member of the board of trustees of St. Vincent's Infant Home in Timonium.

Mrs. Sosto is survived by two daughters, Lee Kearney of West Bethesda in Montgomery County and Lori Gonyea of Newcastle, Maine, and three grandchildren.

The family suggests donations to the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Memorial Fund.


Forrest A. Reed

Office supply salesman

Services for Forrest A. Reed, who retired as a paper and office supply salesman, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Mr. Reed, who was 72, died of cancer yesterday at his home in Catonsville.

Born and educated in Fairmount, W.Va., Mr. Reed received a degree in education from Fairmount State College in 1940. He moved to Baltimore and worked at the Westinghouse and Glenn L. Martin Co. factories during World War II.

In 1946, Mr. Reed was hired as a salesman for Nationwide Papers in the Baltimore-Washington area. He worked there until 1970, when he joined the Mudge Paper Co. Mr. Reed remained with Mudge until his retirement in 1990.

He was active in scouting throughout his life. He earned his Eagle Scout badge as a youth, and as an adult served as scoutmaster at the Catonsville United Methodist Church, where he was a member.

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