John Joseph KaskieConstruction workerA Mass of Christian...


April 20, 1992

John Joseph Kaskie

Construction worker

A Mass of Christian burial for John Joseph Kaskie, a retired galvanizer and construction worker, will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Clare's Roman Catholic Church, 714 Myrth Ave., Essex.

Mr. Kaskie, who lived for 34 years in the 100 block of S. Stuart St. in Essex, died Friday morning at home after a four-year bout with cancer. He was 70.

The son of Polish and Russian immigrants, Mr. Kaskie was born in Shamokin, Pa., where his father worked in the anthracite coal mines. He was educated in public schools there and moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s.

Once in the city, he was employed as galvanizer for Rheem Manufacturing Co., a maker of hot-water heaters, where he worked for about 30 years.

That job was interrupted in 1944, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served during World War II aboard the USS Acontious, a supply ship in the Pacific, and also was stationed in the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart before being honorably discharged as boatswain's mate second-class in 1946.

That year, he married the former Marion P. Antonelli, also of Shamokin, Pa.

Upon his return to Baltimore, Mr. Kaskie went back to work for Rheem, retiring from the company in the early 1970s. He then was employed by American Totalisator Co. and later as a construction worker for Peter Kiewit & Sons. Co. in Baltimore, before retiring in 1984.

A gregarious man, widely known in Essex, Mr. Kaskie was active in a variety of campaigns for Baltimore County Democrats. He also was an avid gardener.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, SusanGail Kaskie of Hunt Valley; and three brothers, Chester Kaskie of Fort Myers, Fla., Clement Kaskie of Shamokin, Pa., and Leonard Kaskie of Baltimore.

James A. C. Gray

Technical illustrator

Services for James A. C. Gray, a retired technical illustrator, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

Mr. Gray, a former Cockeysville resident who divided his time between Ocean Pines and Lehigh, Fla., died Friday during heart bypass surgery in Florida. He was 70.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Gray came to the United States with his parents at the age of 9, settling in Quincy, Mass. In the early 1940s, he moved to Brooklyn in South Baltimore.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and rose to the rank of staff sergeant, serving in the Philippines as a forward observer with the 779th Field Artillery.

After the war, Mr. Gray returned to Baltimore and worked as an illustrator in the technical publications department at Bendix Corp. in Towson.

In 1947, he married the former Wanda Stella Wenski, who died in 1975.

Mr. Gray retired from Bendix in 1982 and married the former Jane Elizabeth Norris of Laurel, who survives him. The couple moved to Ocean Pines after his retirement, spending winters in Florida.

Mr. Gray was a member of St. Paul's By the Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City and an associate member of St. Anselm's Episcopal Church in Lehigh.

He also was a member of the National Rifle Association.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gray is survived by a son, Bruce M. Gray of Cockeysville; a brother, Robert C. Gray of Brooklyn; and two grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md., 21201.

Warren B. Duckett

State bureau chief

Services for Warren Bird Duckett Sr., former chief of the Maryland State Roads Commission's Bureau of Construction Inspection, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Taylor Funeral Chapel, 147 Gloucester St., Annapolis.

Mr. Duckett died Sunday of respiratory arrest at the Ginger Cove Health Care Center in Annapolis after a brief illness. He was 86.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Duckett moved to Anne Arundel County as a child and eventually settled in Annapolis.

After attending St. John's Military Academy, he joined the State Roads Commission in 1924. He retired in 1971 after 47 years of service.

He was a member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis and a life member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and Southern Maryland Society.

He also belonged to the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Association of State Highway Officials.

Mr. Duckett is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Mary Knight Linthicum; a son, Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Warren B. Duckett Jr. of Annapolis; a daughter, Catherine Bowie Miller of York, Pa.; a brother, retired Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Oden Bowie Duckett of Annapolis; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Lung Association, 58 State Circle, Annapolis, 21401.

Gilbert Ferreira

Metal mechanic

Gilbert Ferreira, a retired metal mechanic who worked for several Baltimore employers, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Lost Creek, W. Va. He was 63.

Mr. Ferreira was retired from Trane Central Air Conditioning and Heating, where he worked until the mid-1970s. Prior to that, he had been employed at Bethlehem Steel Corp. and Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., where he began working when he first came to Baltimore in 1950.

Mr. Ferreira served in the merchant marine during World War II.

After the war, he moved to Baltimore, where he met his wife, the former Edith P. Snyder. They were married on April 25, 1950.

Mr. Ferreira retired 15 years ago and moved to West Virginia.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Carolyn Barr of Baltimore, Jean Director of Westminster and Deborah Ferreira Williams of Graspon, Ohio; a stepson, W. Darrell Snyder of Weston, W.Va.; three brothers; five sisters; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held yesterday at the Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew, W. Va.

The family suggests contributions to the Peoples Hospice of Clarksburg, W.Va., 26301.

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