W. Carroll Wagner
In elevator construction
A Mass of Christian burial for W. Carroll Wagner, who worked for the General Elevator Co., was held yesterday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Fullerton.
Mr. Wagner, who was 66 and lived on Silver Spring Road in Perry Hall, died of cancer Monday at his home.
Mr. Wagner was born in Baltimore and attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He joined General Elevator in 1943 and worked 40 years in elevator construction before retiring in 1986 as a supervisor.
He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was an active member of Gunpowder Post No. 10067, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He also was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mr. Wagner is survived by his wife, the former Dorthy A. Poffel; three sons, Walter C. Wagner Jr. of Bel Air, Michael E. Wagner of Smithsburg and Joseph E. Wagner of Forest Hill; three daughters, Dorthy A. Klimm of Brogue, Pa., Marguerite Brandt of Perry Hall and Barbara J. Wagner of Springfield, Va.; his stepmother, Edna V. Wagner of Perry Hall; two sisters, Rita Wagner of Perry Hall and Marian Littiken of Apopka, Fla.; a brother, Norbert Wagner of Perry Hall; and 12 grandchildren.
Louis E. Wirtanen
Founded painting firm
Services for Louis E. Wirtanen, retired board chairman of a commercial painting contracting company he started in Phoenix during his youth, will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
Mr. Wirtanen, who was 84 and lived on Blenheim Road in Phoenix, died Wednesday of a heart ailment at the Manor Care Ruxton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Wirtanen retired about 10 years ago as chairman of the board of Louis E. Wirtanen & Sons.
He was a native of Hurley, Wis., and lived in New York City before coming here and starting his own company.
Mr. Wirtanen was a member of the Lafayette Lodge of the Masons, the York Rite and Boumi Temple.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Helen Mohacy; two sons, Louis N. and Robert J. Wirtanen, both of Phoenix; a brother, George Wirtanen of Parkville; two sisters, Gertrude Buchwand of Parkville and Esther Matson of Catskill, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Otyce B. Froe
Services for Otyce B. Froe, a teacher and administrator for Baltimore public schools, will be held at noon today in the Morgan Christian Center at Morgan State University.
Mrs. Froe, a resident of Ivy Avenue in Morgan Park, died Monday at Union Memorial Hospital of respiratory illness. She was 80.
The former Otyce Brown was born in St. Matthews, S.C., and grew up in Washington. She graduated from Dunbar High School there and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in home economics from Howard University.
Mrs. Froe taught home economics and did administrative work in the Chicago school system, Bluefield State College in Bluefield, W. Va., and Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, before beginning work in the Baltimore school system in 1950.
She was a member of several professional groups, including the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, The Arts Unlimited, The Chums Inc. and many bridge clubs. She was also an artist. Many of her oil paintings have been displayed locally and in other cities.
Mrs. Froe is survived by her husband of 48 years, Dr. Otis D. Froe, professor emeritus at Morgan State University; a daughter, Lynne Pamela Froe of Baltimore; a sister, Ruth Jackson of Washington; a cousin, Hazel Giles of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
Barbara W. Stipsak
Active in civic groups
A Mass of Christian burial for Barbara W. Stipsak, a Ruxton resident for more than 20 years who was active in many civic and social organizations, will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.
Mrs. Stipsak died Monday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 62.
The former Barbara Wright was a native of LaGrange, Ill., and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in psychology in 1950.
Mrs. Stipsak was a member of the Baltimore African Violet Club for more than 30 years and served several years as treasurer. She was one of only two members of the club to be honored with a life membership.
L She also served as an election judge for more than 30 years.
Mrs. Stipsak arranged neighborhood collections for a half dozen charities, including the American Cancer Foundation, the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes.
She was a past president of the Pink Poodles, a national wives' organization of the Delta Sigma Pi, an international professional business fraternity. She also served as president of the wives' club of the Johns Hopkins University Chi chapter of Delta Sigma Pi.
Mrs. Stipsak is survived by her husband of 34 years, Robert L. Stipsak; a brother, Robert Wright of Western Springs, Ill.; a niece, two nephews; and a grandnephew.
PD The family suggests memorial contributions to the Baltimore Afri