William H. McCabeFloral designerWilliam H. McCabe, chief...


July 27, 1992

William H. McCabe

Floral designer

William H. McCabe, chief designer for a Randallstown florist, died July 8 at the Veterans Administration Hospital on Loch Raven Boulevard of complications from an intestinal operation and jaundice. He was 65.

A Baltimore native, Mr. McCabe had worked as an interior decorator for the Hochschild-Kohn department stores before serving in the Army during the Korean War. After receiving a medical discharge, he worked for Don Flowers, a Randallstown florist, for 18 years, eventually becoming the company's top designer.

Mr. McCabe, who left school after the seventh grade, was an avid dancer. He also enjoyed fine cuisine and cruises.

He is survived by three sisters, Doris Hartfield, Lillian Rich and May Linnbaum; two brothers, Carl McCabe and Earl McCabe; and a devoted friend, Edward Roth. All are of Baltimore.

Services for Mr. McCabe were held July 10 at the Hartley Miller Funeral Home, 7527 Harford Road.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Veterans Administration Hospital, 3900 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore, Md., 21218.

Howard Meiser

Police official

Services for Howard James "Nick" Meiser, retired director of fiscal affairs for the Baltimore Police Department, will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lassahn's Funeral Home in Kingsville.

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Meiser died of cancer Saturday at the Belforest Nursing Home in Bel Air after an illness of three months. He was 84.

Mr. Meiser began his career with the Police Department as a telephone operator in the old Northeast District in 1942. After serving in World War II as a Navy signalman second class from 1943 to 1945, he returned to the police force as payroll master and eventually became secretary to the police commissioner in 1965.

When departmental reorganization abolished his job in 1966, he became head of the newly formed Office of Fiscal Affairs.

He retired in 1967 and moved to Harford County.

An avid Oriole fan, Mr. Meiser was also known as "Chief Chipmunk" in honor of the social group for police officers he formed in 1950. He served as treasurer for the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers while a member from 1955 to 1971, belonged to the Oldtimers Baseball Association and was a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Meiser is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Kathryn E. Woollen, and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Edward L. Norwitz

Owned four gas stations

Edward L. Norwitz, the owner of four Shell gasoline stations in the Baltimore area for more than 50 years, died June 27 in Barefoot Bay, Fla., after a five-year battle with leukemia. He was 83.

A native of Baltimore, he moved to Hyattsville in the 1950s where he remained until his wife, Mildred Sedgwick Norwitz, died in 1980. They had been married for 51 years.

Mr. Norwitz is survived by two grandchildren, Wendy and James Norwitz of Laurel. His only son, Edward J. Norwitz, died in 1990.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, 1401 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21217.

Thelma A. Ash

Retired teacher

Services for Thelma A. Ash, who taught French at Douglass High School for 40 years, will be held at noon tomorrow at the Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.

Mrs. Ash, who was 88, died of cancer Tuesday at her home on Gwynn Falls Parkway in Baltimore.

The Danville, Va., native moved to Baltimore at age 13 and attended city schools. She earned a bachelor of arts in languages from Howard University and went on to earn master's degrees in French and education from New York University and Columbia University.

After completing her education, Mrs. Ash moved to Baltimore, where she taught French at Douglass High School from 1930 until her retirement in 1970.

She sang in the choir at Union Baptist Church for more than 50 years and directed the youth choir. She worked with the Children's Center at the church and was named Woman of the Year there in 1976.

In 1979, Mrs. Ash was cited by the Baltimore Commission on Aging for her commitment to the elderly.

She was a trustee of Union Baptist Church.

Mrs. Ash is survived by her cousin, Clarice Parrish, and her nephew, Craig Parrish, both of Baltimore.

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