Thomas E. Shields
Staff-chief at NSA
Services for Thomas E. Shields, a National Security Agency employee for more than 30 years, will be at 10 a.m. today at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville.
Mr. Shields died at Howard County Genereral Hospital Thursday of Lymphoma. He was 59.
At his death, Mr. Shields was a staff-chief at NSA's operations at Fort Meade.
The Ohio native was awarded a degree in business from Ohio State University in 1954. He had lived in the Simpsonville area of Howard County in 1959.
Mr. Shields was a member of Chapelgate Presbyterian Church and active in Bible study and ministry groups.
He served several years a treasurer of Christian Services of Howard County Inc., a non-denominational agency that helps the county's needy.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Eileen Gowe; two daughters, Karen Dellinger of Silver Spring and Linda MacDougall of Kindsbach, Germany; a son, Timothy Shields of Lyndhurst, N.J.; a sister, Susan Jones of Belmont, Ohio; and two grandchildren.
The family suggests that contributions be made to the Chapelgate Building Fund at the church, or Christian Services of Howard County Inc., P.O. Box 21, Simpsonville, Md., 21150.
Frederick J. Canitz
Executive avice president
Services for Frederick Joseph Canitz, a retired executive of the former Anchor Post Products Co., will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Connelly Funeral Home, 300 Mace Ave., Essex.
Mr. Canitz died yesterday at Franklin Square Hospital of heart failure, He was 86.
Mr. Canitz grew up in Fells Point and received his high school diploma from the polytechnic Institute.
He attended the Maryland Institute of Art and studied engineering for two years at the Johns Hopkins University.
His only employer was Anchor Post, a manufacturer of chain-link fencing, where he worked for 48 years. At his retirement about 15 years ago, he was vice president and general superintendent.
After retiring, Mr. Canitz, who was an avid fisherman, moved with his wife to a waterfront home in Middle River.
In his youth, he enjoyed playing baseball.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge 108 and the Scottish Rite and was a 32nd-degree Mason. He belonged to the United Evangelical Lutheran Church at East Avenue and Dillon Street.
He is survivied by his wife, the former Rose Zinkand. A daughter, Mary Rose Pierson, died in 1980.
Benjamin Lewis Cole
Owned insurance agency
Services for Benjamin Lewis Cole, longtime owner of B.L.Cole Insurance Agaency in his hometown of Perryville, will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Perryville Presbyterian Church, 710 Broad Street, Perryville.
Mr. Cole died Friday of heart failure at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre De Grace. He was 72.
He opened his insurance company in 1949 and was its sole owner until he retired in 1985 and turned it over to a niece, Vivian Wallace.
The agency handled alll types of insurance and represented several insurance companies, including Kemper and Lititz Mutual.
He was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Maryland Inc.
In addition to the insurance agency, Mr. Cole, who earned a law degree at the University of Maryland law school, served Cecil County as a trial magistrate for 26 years until retiring from those duties in 1979.
He was an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution and served as a past president of the Col. Henry Hollingsworth chapter based in Elkton. He also served as a commander of the Susquehanna American Legion Post 135 in Perryville.
Mr. Cole was life member and served as an elder at Perryville Presbyterian Church.
A graduate of Perryville High School, he studied petroleum engineering at Tulsa University in Oklahoma.
That college experience influenced his duties in the Army during World War II, when as a draftee, he served in India, as well as in petroleum fields in Burma, now known as Myanmar. He was discharged in 1945.
Surviving are a brother, Rodney M. Cole of Perryville; three nieces, Vivian C. Wallace and Nancy J. Huss, both of Perryville, and Kimberly C. Morrison of Aberdeen; a nephew, Rodney L. Cole of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family suggests that contributions be made in memory of his mother, Vergie F. Cole, to the Perryville Presbyterian Church in care of Patterson Funeral Home, P.O. Bix 188, Perryville, Md., 21903.
Paulette E. Davis
Funeral services for Paulette E. Davis, a Baltimore homemaker, will be at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Avenue, Baltimore.
Mrs. Davis, who was 41, died Thursday at Sinai Hospital of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She had been ill since 1988.
She was a Baltimore native and a 1969 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.
She was married to Robert Steven Davis.
Surviving are two daughters, Sherise Davis and Tracey Davis, both of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.