Edna S. PetersChoir soloistServices for Edna S. Peters...


December 04, 1991

Edna S. Peters

Choir soloist

Services for Edna S. Peters, who was retired as a soloist with church choirs and as hostess at the Baptist Home, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave. in Catonsville.

Mrs. Peters, who was 97 and lived on Chippendale Road in Lutherville, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital of pneumonia.

She was a soprano soloist with many church choirs in the Baltimore area, including the Brantley Baptist Church in West Baltimore, before working for a time at the Baptist Home. She studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory.

Born in Pittsburgh, the former Edna Spratt worked as a society reporter for a newspaper there before coming to Baltimore as a young woman.

Her husband, Henry W. Peters, died in 1962, and there were no close surviving relatives.

Friends suggested memorial contributions to the Brantly Baptist Church.

Howard E. Seifert

Retired scale operator

Services for Howard E. Seifert, a retired scale operator for the Armco Steel Corp., will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Howard H. Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

Mr. Seifert, who was 84 and moved from West Baltimore to Gray Haven Road in Dundalk more than a year ago, died Sunday of pneumonia at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

The Baltimore native retired about 20 years ago after working for the steel company for over 25 years.

He had been active at the Southwestern Senior Center before moving to Dundalk.

His wife, the former Marie C. Shipley, died in 1972.

He is survived by four daughters, Catherine Williams and Marian Halstead White, both of Baltimore, Rosalie Blankenship of Dundalk and Bernadette Parhan of Orlando, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

John W. McNair

Management consultant

A memorial service for John W. McNair, a retired management consultant who was active in architectural preservation, gardening and skating, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Light Street Presbyterian Church, 810 Light St.

Mr. McNair, who was 85, died Nov. 27 of a heart attack at his home on Montgomery Street.

He had operated his own management consulting firm from the mid-1940s until he retired about 20 years ago and moved to the brick home he restored on Montgomery Street.

Born in Pittsburgh, he earned an engineering degree from what is now Carnegie-Mellon University.

He moved to Baltimore in 1939 while working for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. He worked for the old Standard Gas and Equipment Co. from 1941 until he started his own business.

A member of the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point and of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, he also cataloged the architectural drawings of the Peabody Institute and other buildings for the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Because of his children's interest in ice skating, he became a member of the executive committee of the United States Figure Skating Association and was instrumental in the development of a program and manual, published in 1970, for teaching children to skate.

He and his wife were among the founders of the American Holly Society and grew many varieties of the plant at their former home in Guilford, giving away hundreds of them at Christmas time.

For many years, Mr. McNair played Santa Claus for the children in Christmas visits to the homes of many friends and relatives.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth McNulty; a son, John W. "Jock" McNair Jr. of Salisbury; a daughter, Janet McNair Clark of Lexington, Ga.; and three grandsons.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the George Peabody Library.

Alfred F. J. Marshello

College department head

A memorial service for Alfred F. J. Marshello, head of the psychology department at the Essex Community College will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the lecture hall in the college administration building.

Dr. Marshello, who was 44, died Thursday at his home in the Winthrop House Condominium. A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City, N.J.

On the faculty for 15 years and head of the department for six years, he also taught courses in opera appreciation. The Jersey City native was a graduate of St. Peter's College there and earned his graduate degrees at the University of Delaware.

He is survived by a sister, Joan Greene, and two nephews, Michael R. and Kevin A. Greene, all of Edison, N.J.

George K. Burris Jr.

Merchant seaman

George Kenneth Burris Jr., a native of Baltimore who had been a merchant seaman and tugboat crewman, died Nov. 8 of a heart attack in his hotel room in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Mr. Burris, who was 49 and lived in Westminster before going to Colorado in October, had worked on tugs in New York harbor before he had a stroke about two years ago. Earlier, he had served aboard merchant ships and worked as a truck driver.

He is survived by three sons, Michael Burris of Baltimore, Martin Burris Seacrist of Fort Morgan and Marcus Burris Seacrist of Canon City, Colo.; a brother, Edward Burris of Essex; five sisters, Kathy Beacham of Westminster, Pearl Wiles and Carol Ann Amberman, both of Essex, Lottie Frank of Baltimore and Toni Gilliam of Glen Burnie; and several grandchildren.

Private services were held for Mr. Burris.

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