Joseph G. Locks IIIFuneral directorA Mass of Christian...


January 23, 1992

Joseph G. Locks III

Funeral director

A Mass of Christian burial for Joseph Garland Locks III, an East Baltimore funeral director for 37 years, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church at Caroline and Oliver streets.

Mr. Locks, father-in-law of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, died of cancer Sunday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 59.

The Baltimore native spent his entire career with the Locks Funeral Home in the 1300 block of North Central Avenue, which his grandfather began. It is among the city's oldest black-owned businesses.

Known fondly as "Joe Junior," Mr. Locks joined the family business after graduating from the American Academy of Mortuary Science in New York. He was twice elected president of the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of Maryland Inc. He also was a member of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association.

Reared in East Baltimore, Mr. Locks attended public schools and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1951. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 and attended Morgan State College -- now Morgan State University -- before beginning his studies at the mortuary school.

In 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Cleo Cecelia Tabb. They often traveled to Mr. Locks' professional meetings and enjoyed weekend getaways in Atlantic City.

A devoted husband and father, Mr. Locks enjoyed cooking his favorite dishes for his relatives. When the family gathered at its summer home in Annapolis, there was only one chef -- Joe Junior, who served up his own fried chicken and shrimp salad.

Mr. Locks was an avid Colts fan.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his parents, Joseph G. Locks Jr. and Mae Carol Locks; two daughters, Patricia Schmoke and Debbie Palmer; two sons, Joseph G. Locks IV and John Gregory Locks; two sisters, Jeanne Robinson and Barbara L. McCoy; and six grandchildren. All are of the Baltimore area.

The family suggested memorial donations to the University of Maryland Cancer Center.

Veronica Leonardi

Food shop owner

A Mass of Christian burial for Veronica A. Leonardi, co-owner of Italian food shops in Baltimore and Columbia, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.

Mrs. Leonardi, of Transoms Road in Perry Hall, died Monday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 49.

Ronnie Leonardi, as she was known, and her husband, Rudolph L. "Sonny" Leonardi, have owned the Casa di Pasta shop in North Baltimore's Belvedere Square market since 1986 and more recently opened a shop in Harper's Choice in Columbia.

Earlier, they were partners of Frank and Annette Velleggia in Velleggia's Casa di Pasta in Little Italy.

The former Veronica A. Welsh was born in Baltimore. She was agraduate of St. Katharine's School and Catholic High School.

She was a volunteer at the Baltimore Pregnancy Center in Overlea and worked as a volunteer adult literacy tutor. She was the first president of a social club known as We, Us and Company.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two sons, Lawrence L. Leonardi of Columbia and Brian D. Leonardi of Perry Hall; a daughter, Suzanne M. Leonardi of Perry Hall; her parents, Leo and Ann Welsh of Baltimore; and three brothers, Daniel Welsh of Kingsville, David Welsh of Baltimore and Donald Welsh of Kona, Hawaii.

A. Cecil Durrer

Bethlehem Steel worker

Graveside services for A. Cecil Durrer, a former Bethlehem Steel employee who lived in the Baltimore area for many years, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Oak Lawn Cemetery and Chapel Mausoleum of Baltimore County, 7225 Eastern Ave.

Mr. Durrer, who moved to Staunton, Va., in May after suffering jTC stroke, died at a hospital there Tuesday. He was 82.

The native of central Virginia moved to the Baltimore area in the late 1930s and worked at the Sparrows Point plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corp., for the Rheem Manufacturing Co. and as a home builder before retiring nearly 20 years ago.

He is survived by four sisters, Ruby D. McCormack of Brookfield, Wis., Earline D. Smith of Charlottesville, Va., Opal D. Crickenberger of Grottoes, Va., and Viola D. Shelton of Laguna Hill, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.