William H. MatthaiSteel salesmanServices for William H...


October 14, 1991

William H. Matthai

Steel salesman

Services for William H. Matthai, a retired steel salesman, will be at 3 p.m. today at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

Mr. Matthai, who was 68, died Wednesday in his home in Homeland after suffering a heart attack. He retired in 1985 from Chase Steel Co. in Baltimore after 35 years of service.

Born in Roland Park, he attended the Gilman School and graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in 1943. He studied engineering at Cornell University.

He was an Air Force sergeant during World War II, serving for three years in England, France and Central Europe. Mr. Matthai was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church, the Maryland Club, the Elkridge Club, and the Squam Lakes Association in New Hampshire, where he spent his summers.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Elizabeth Gwathmey; two sons, Dr. William H. Matthai Jr. of Philadelphia and Stuart G. Matthai of Baltimore.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Gilman School, 5407 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, Md., 21210, or Camp Pasquaney, Box 1130, Bristol, N.H., 03222.

Elsie H. Rairigh

Active in civic groups

Services for Elsie H. Rairigh, a resident of Homeland and an active member of civic organizations who worked briefly as a transcriber for the Maryland Casualty Co., will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

Mrs. Rairigh, 88, died of pneumonia Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital.

She had lived 46 years in North Baltimore and enjoyed playing bridge with neighbors. She was a member of the Homeland Three Arts Club, the community garden club and the Baltimore Country Club.

Mrs. Rairigh also enjoyed classical music and was a member of the Maryland Federation of Music Clubs, the Baltimore Opera Guild and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The former Elsie Hobson was born and educated in Baltimore. She worked several years as a transcriber for the Maryland Casualty Co. before marrying Blair W. Rairigh, the owner of an industrial machine company, in 1928.

The couple had a son, Wilson W. Rairigh, and later settled in Homeland. Mrs. Rairigh's husband died in 1964, and her son died in 1978.

Mrs. Rairigh's survivors include a granddaughter, Melinda Lewis of Phoenix; a grandson, Gregg Rairigh of Homeland; and her former daughter-in-law, Jill Strudwick of Roland Park.

Theresa M. Ferraro

Lifelong Baltimorean

Services for Theresa Margret Ferraro, a lifelong Baltimore resident and mother of three sons, will be at 11:30 a.m. today at the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

Mrs. Ferraro, 63, died Friday of kidney cancer at her Westminster home.

She worked for the Noxell Corp. in Cockeysville, now a subsidiary of the Procter & Gamble Co., from the early 1970s until 1985 as a line controller overseeing the production of cosmetics.

The former Theresa Mueller was active in the PTA when her sons were in school.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Joseph J. Ferraro; three sons, Robert Ferraro of Burtonsville and David and Anthony Ferraro, both of Timonium; and three sisters, Anna Weitzel, Margaret Gilland and Cecilia Murphy, all of Baltimore.

The family suggested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Carroll County Unit, P.O. Box 824, Westminster, Md., 21157.

Arthur S. Nelson

Poultry farmer, traveler

A memorial service for Arthur S. Nelson, 95, a retired farmer and lifelong resident of Our Lady's Manor in northern Baltimore County, will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road.

Mr. Nelson died of cancer Saturday at the Stella Maris Hospice in Dulaney Valley, where he had been hospitalized for three weeks. He had lived since birth on Green Meadow Farms in Our Lady's Manor, his family's home for 150 years.

After attending the George School, a Quaker boarding school in Bucks County, Pa., Mr. Nelson studied poultry medicine at the University of Maryland's school of agriculture. He was considered to be an authority on poultry diseases.

Mr. Nelson raised prize-winning turkeys and sold feed for livestock. He was a member of the Third Gunpowder Farmers Club and, in the early 1970s, traveled with the group to the Soviet Union to tour the countryside and exchange ideas with farmers there.

Mr. Nelson was a member of the Optimist Club of Baltimore and the Jacksonville Senior Citizens Club.

He enjoyed traveling, visiting friends in Hawaii, Belgium, Ireland and other parts of Europe. His wife, the former Mildred Fossett, died in 1968.

He is survived by two sisters, Lovisah N. Bumgarner and Louise Porter, both of Baltimore County; three nieces; and a nephew.

The family suggested that donations be made to St. James Episcopal Church, where he was a member of the vestry for many years.

Wayne C. Hart

Owned concrete concern

Services for Wayne C. Hart, former president and owner of a Baltimore concrete manufacturing firm, will be at 2 p.m. today at the Portage Faith United Methodist Church in Shalersville, Ohio.

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