B. MenikheimKnown as 'Mrs. Santa'A Mass of Christian...


May 16, 1992

B. Menikheim

Known as 'Mrs. Santa'

A Mass of Christian burial for Bernadine Menikheim, a former department store model known in the Hampden community as "Mrs. Santa Claus" for her work as costumer and scheduler for her husband's appearances as Santa Claus, will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Hickory Avenue and 37th Street.

She died Monday of cancer at the age of 65 at St. Joseph Hospital.

The former Bernadine Adelsberger was a native of Hampden and a graduate of Eastern High School. She lived on Newport Avenue.

She worked as a model before her marriage to Ernest Menikheim, a retired Baltimore firefighter. His appearances in Hampden as Santa Claus included the Mayor's Christmas Parade on the first Sunday of December.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include five daughters, Joann Gray, Suzie Jones, Mary McCartney and Connie Compton, all of Baltimore, and Michele Shouman Hansen of Ocean City; a son, Ernie Menikheim of Baltimore; five brothers, Richard, Leslie, Paul, Eddie and Eugene Adelsberger, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Margaret Hood and Dorothy Allen, also of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

Rev. R. L. Hitchens

Baptist minister

Services for the Rev. Richard L. Hitchens, pastor for the past 33 years of St. Matthew's First Baptist Church in Laurel, Del., will be held at 1 p.m. today at the church.

Mr. Hitchens, who was 79, died Monday of heart failure at his home in Laurel.

He had worked as a truck driver for the Marvel Packing Co. in Hebron on Maryland's Eastern Shore and then from 1963 until 1970 he owned and operated school buses in Laurel and in Georgetown, Del.

The Columbia, Del., native was an ordained member of the Progressive Baptist Association of Maryland and Delaware.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Alberta Waller; five sons, Theodore, Donald, Robert, Charles and the Rev. William Alvin Hitchens, all of Laurel; a brother, Leonard H. Hitchens of Columbia; a sister, Emma Gaines of Columbia; 28 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great grandchildren.

Carolyn Munderloh

Housing agency cashier

A memorial service for Carolyn J. Munderloh, a retired cashier for the Baltimore Housing Authority, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave. in Towson.

Mrs. Munderloh died May 8 of cancer at her home in the Ridgely Condominium in Towson. She was 72.

She retired in 1982 after about 20 years with the Housing Authority. Earlier, she worked for Sears, Roebuck & Co. and for what was then the May Co.

The former Carolyn Jacobs, born in Baltimore, was a 1936 graduate of Eastern High School. As a child, she studied ballet at the Peabody Institute.

Her marriage to Arthur P. Munderloh ended in divorce.

She is survived by a son, Otts Munderloh of Towson and New York City; and a daughter, D. Jo-Ann Munderloh of Towson.

Hope M. Godwin

Parks district chief

A Mass of Christian burial for Hope M. Godwin, who retired nearly 30 years ago as a district superintendent in Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Paulskirk Drive and Chatham Road in Ellicott City.

Miss Godwin, 89, died Monday of pneumonia at the Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home in Catonsville.

She had lived in Towson for many years.

She began her career working for the Playground Athletic League, a predecessor of the current recreation department.

Her innovations included recreational use of school facilities, swimming lessons at the indoor pool of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, a badminton center at Eastern High School, a fencing group in South Baltimore and organized sledding.

She helped design the Hamilton Recreation Center and started Golden Age clubs, day camps and teen councils.

During World War II, she sponsored dances for servicemen on the Recreation Pier at the foot of Broadway, and other programs for shift workers in defense plants.

After retiring from Recreation and Parks, she taught English literature for a year at Southern High School and for another year at Eastern High School.

Born in New York City, she was a graduate of Sargent College -- now part of Boston University -- and later earned a master's degree at Western Maryland College.

Her survivors include two nieces, Maureen Bitz Hodges of Ellicott City and Sally Godwin Higgenbottom of Castellan, Spain.

John Capper

State agency specialist

A memorial service for John Capper, an environmental specialist since 1987 for the State Highway Administration, will be held at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Manistee, Mich., where he was born.

Mr. Capper, 54, died Thursday of multiple myeloma at a hospital in Seattle, Wash. He was a resident of Calvert Street in Baltimore and had lived in Annapolis.

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