Arthur B. PhillipsSteel firm presidentServices for Arthur...

OBITUARIES

May 11, 1992

Arthur B. Phillips

Steel firm president

Services for Arthur B. Phillips, retired president of a steel erecting company, will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

Mr. Phillips, who was 79, died Friday of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

For 37 years, he guided the Baltimore-based Arthur Phillips & Co. construction projects that included the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, the former Friendship Airport, the new Towson Courthouse, what now is Mercy Medical Center and Harborplace.

Before forming the company that bears his name, he served as a design engineer in the Coast Guard at Curtis Bay from 1938 to 1945. Earlier, he worked for the Arundel Corp. and the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

Mr. Phillips was born in New York City and moved to Baltimore with his family as a child. A 1932 graduate of Loyola High School, he earned his civil engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1936. While at Hopkins, he played lacrosse and football.

He was a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and president of the Steel Erectors Association of Baltimore for more than 20 years.

For many years he sailed his yacht, Toppedout, from Annapolis.

Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife, Eleanor Boyer Phillips; and three daughters, Leah Jeanne Gail of Annapolis; Nancy E. Phillips of Towson and Diane E. Silk of Timonium.

Albert J. Mattes

Retired UAW leader

A Mass of Christian burial for Albert J. Mattes, a retired labor leader for the United Auto Workers, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church, 900 S. Ellwood Ave.

Mr. Mattes, who was 78, died of pneumonia Thursday at Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

Before his retirement in 1979, Mr. Mattes served for 20 years in the UAW as a member of the international executive staff.

One of the original employees of the General Motors Broening Highway plant, Mr. Mattes was the founder and former president of Baltimore UAW Local 239 and the UAW Federal Credit Union. He was also a member and lobbyist for union political and community action committees, and a frequent contributor over the course of three decades to the letters columns of The Baltimore Sun newspapers.

He was co-founder, with former City Councilman Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro, of the John Booth Senior Center in Highlandtown and also founded the Eastpoint Medical Center.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Pauline Sidlik; two daughters, Patricia Branamen of Highlandtown and Mary Starr of Timonium; a son, Paul Mattes of Chase; two sisters, Leona Wilson and Marie Mattes, both of Rosedale; a brother, Frank Mattes of Canton; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family has suggested contributions to the Alzheimer's Association -- Central Maryland Chapter, 540 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21212.

Frances A. Challmes

Saleswoman

Frances A. Challmes, a former saleswoman and secretary for a variety of Baltimore businesses, died yesterday of heart failure at her Towson home. She was 79.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Challmes will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Govans, 5502 York Road, where she had been a parishioner.

Born in Baltimore, the former Frances Tiralla attended St. Martin's parochial school in West Baltimore -- but had to cut short her education after contracting tuberculosis and living for seven years at the old Mount Wilson Sanitorium.

She met her future husband, Ambrose J. Challmes, at Mount Wilson where he had been a patient and then worked as a nursing aide and assistant for 40 years.

Mrs. Challmes worked as a federal employee during World War II, as a saleswoman for the old Robert Hall clothing store in Govans, and just before her retirement in the early 1970s, as a secretary at L. Greif & Bros. clothing manufacturers.

She was a devoted fan of University of Notre Dame football and the old Baltimore Colts. She was frying eggs in the kitchen of her former home on McCabe Avenue in Govans when fullback Alan Ameche scored the winning touchdown in the 1958 overtime championship game, and was so excited that she threw the frying pan in the air and the eggs stuck to the ceiling.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 44 years, are a son, Joseph J. Challmes of Hanover, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Ella Frances Wozny of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the Stella Maris Hospice Care Program.

Eleanor C. DeMuth

City schoolteacher

Services for Eleanor Cranz DeMuth, a schoolteacher in Baltimore for 30 years, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Memorial Episcopal Church, West Lafayette Avenue and Bolton Street.

Mrs. DeMuth died in her sleep Friday at her home in Roland Park. She was 86.

In the Curtis Bay area and later at the Margaret Brent School in Charles Village, Mrs. DeMuth taught for 30 years in the Baltimore public school system. She later taught for a short time at the Bryn Mawr School.

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