Bearl ReuterActivist for disabledServices for Bearl...

OBITUARIES

December 18, 1991

Bearl Reuter

Activist for disabled

Services for Bearl Reuter, an activist on behalf of the disabled, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Jefferson Chapel, a funeral home in Charles Town, W.Va.

Mrs. Reuter, who was 44 and lived on Belair Road, died Saturday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She headed Baltimoreans Against Disabilities and Discrimination, which she founded in 1983 and which became the local affiliate of ADAPT Inc.

In 1981, she was a plaintiff in a suit to force the Mass Transit Administration to equip all its buses with wheelchair lifts and was a member of the board of Disabled in Action. Later she blocked buses, sitting in front of them to gain improvements in MTA services to the disabled.

Mrs. Reuter, who had used braces and crutches since having polio as a child, used a wheelchair after being injured in a 1979 automobile accident.

The former Bearl Schullenbarger was born in Salisbury and reared there, in Washington and in Deal in Anne Arundel County. She was a graduate of the county's Southern High School.

She had worked as a communications technician for the Commercial Credit Co. since 1981. Earlier, she was an executive secretary in the office of the Snow Valley Water Co. in Annapolis and did office work at the Providence Center in Arnold.

In addition, she made cakes for weddings and other special occasions for friends and customers.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Reuter; three daughters, Bunita DelGrosso of Chase, Rose Marie Mace of Bel Air, Crystal Dawn Lee of Philadelphia; a son, Seaman Apprentice Thomas C. Reuter of the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois; her mother, Margaret Miller of Ridgely; two brothers, Brian Miller of Tracys Landing and David Miller of Ridgely; a sister, Martha Ward of Edgewater; and five grandchildren.

Eli C. Henry Jr.

Dulaney High educator

Services for Eli C. Henry Jr., chairman of the business department at the Dulaney High School, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Stewartstown (Pa.) United Methodist Church.

Mr. Henry, who was 51 and lived in Stewartstown, was killed Sunday in an automobile accident while on a deer hunting trip near Coudersport in northern Pennsylvania.

In addition to chairing the business department, he was an assistant football coach and principal of the adult education program at Dulaney.

He taught at Dulaney for more than 25 years and briefly before that at Overlea High School.

Born in Stewartstown, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University and did graduate work there, at the University of Maryland and at Towson State University.

A former director of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he was also a former president and ambulance captain of the Eureka Volunteer Fire Company and Ambulance Club and was active as a leader in youth programs at the Stewartstown United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Linda L. Hunt; a son, Shannon Henry; two daughters, Gretchen and Kristin Henry; his mother, Ruth B. Henry; and a brother, Dale W. Henry. All are of Stewartstown.

Robert H. Gunther

Retired supply officer

Services for Robert H. Gunther, a retired supply officer at the Maryland Training School for Boys, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Calvary Tabernacle Church, 6008 Old Harford Road.

RTC Mr. Gunther, who was 80 and lived in Parkville, died Saturday of cancer at the St. Joseph Hospital.

He retired in 1974 after working at the school, now known as the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, for much of the time since coming to the Baltimore area in 1962.

He had also worked here as an insurance adjuster, and earlier, while living in York, Pa., had worked for the state of Pennsylvania.

After his retirement, he worked as a substitute teacher in elementary schools in Baltimore and in Baltimore County and also served as a volunteer for the Over 60 Employment Service.

A native of York, he was educated at Beckley College and was president of the alumni of Omega Phi Alpha fraternity there. He also earned an associate's degree from the Catonsville Community College.

During World War II, he served as an assistant field director for the Red Cross at Camp Perry, Va.

He is survived by his wife, the former M. Dolores Smon; a stepdaughter, Glenda S. Chop of Dublin, Ireland; and several cousins.

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Carmela Castoro

Active as fund-raiser

A Mass of Christian burial for Carmela Castoro, who was active as a fund-raiser and in auxiliaries, will be offered at 11 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Mrs. Castoro, who was 87, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at her home of 50 years on Northern Parkway.

She was a member of the auxiliaries of St. Joseph and Bon Secours hospitals, the Mercy Medical Center and the Villa Maria children's home. She also raised money for the institutions.

She raised money for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Opera through dinner parties she gave for prospective donors and performers.

During World War II, she co-chaired an Italian-American Committee to sell war bonds.

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