Norma E. DittmarBaltimore nativeNorma E. Dittmar, a...


August 20, 1992

Norma E. Dittmar

Baltimore native

Norma E. Dittmar, a retired Comptometer operator, died of congestive heart failure Monday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Multi-Medical in Towson.

Services for Mrs. Dittmar, who was 91 and lived in Northeast Baltimore for many years, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road.

From 1939 until her retirement about 20 years ago, she worked through an agency, operating a calculating machine for companies that were taking inventory.

Earlier, she worked as an office manager for Hutzler's department store and taught piano at her home.

The former Norma E. Hildebrand was a city native who attended Eastern High School and the School of Music of the Institute of Notre Dame.

She was fond of playing bridge and other card games.

Her husband, John G. Dittmar, retired owner of an East Baltimore hardware store, died in 1972.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn E. Chlan of Rodgers Forge and A. Joan Pohlman of Towson; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Patricia M. McIlvain

Mercy High alumna

Patricia M. McIlvain, a native of Baltimore who owned a lawn service in Keen-Wik, Del., died Monday after a heart attack at her Ken-Wick home.

Services for Mrs. McIlvain, 34, are at 2 p.m. today at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ocean City.

The former Patricia Murphy was born in Baltimore and a graduate of Mercy High School. She began McIlvain's Lawn Care after moving 12 years ago to Keen-Wik, where she was also active as a volunteer in local schools and youth athletic programs.

She is survived by her husband, Steven E. McIlvain; a son, Shawn McIlvain of Keen-Wik; a daughter, Shanna McIlvain of Keen-Wik; her stepmother, Mary Murphy of Orlando, Fla.; TC brother, Michael Murphy of Orlando; and three sisters, Bridget Hutchinson of Bel Air and Colleen Arnold and Erin Murphy, both of Orlando.

Thomas A. Blair

Retired policeman

Thomas A. Blair, a retired Baltimore policeman, died Monday at the Dulaney-Towson Nursing and Convalescent Center of complications from a stroke.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Blair, who was 78 and lived in White Hall, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

Mr. Blair, who lived in Govans for many years, served as a patrolman from 1941 until he retired in 1963. He retired from the Communications Division, but had long served in the Northern District.

Before becoming a policeman and for 10 years after his retirement from the force, he worked in the warehouse of Muth Bros., a wholesale drug company.

Born in Baltimore, he was educated at St. Peter's parochial school.

Over the past five years, he became known as Mr. Lollipop in several Giant supermarkets and veterinarians' offices in northern Baltimore County, where he handed out lollipops to employees. The practice began with his offering others some of the candy he carried for his grandchildren.

He was a life member of the Notre Dame Council of the Knights of Columbus.

His wife, the former Mary Patricia Fahey, died in 1987. He is survived by a son, T. Michael Blair of White Hall; two brothers, Charles I. Blair Sr. of Sparks and Joseph Blair of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Ethel H. Watts

Foster grandmother

Ethel H. Watts, 83, who had been active in a foster grandparents program in Baltimore, died Sunday at Sinai Hospital of heart failure.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at the Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

The former Ethel Holmes was a native of Portsmouth, Va., who came to Baltimore as a child with her family and was a graduate of Douglass High School. Her husband, William Watts, died in 1990.

She was a resident of Kenshaw Avenue.

Survivors include three daughters, Valerie Watts of Oklahoma, Hattie Johnson of Baltimore, and Doretha Beckham of Ellicott City; two sons, Maurice Watts of New Mexico and Frank Watts of Baltimore; and many grandchildren.

Sidney Hester Sr.

Honorary Trolley King

Sidney Hester Sr., a retired construction worker, died Saturday at Maryland General Hospital after a stroke.

Services for Mr. Hester, who was 94, are at 7:30 tonight at the Estep Brothers Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Place.

Mr. Hester retired nearly 20 years ago as a construction worker for the Richard Roofing Co. He was employed there for nearly 30 years after working briefly at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.

Born in Raleigh, N.C., he moved to Baltimore after serving in the Army during World War II. In 1989 he was presented with a lifetime pass and a certificate naming him Honorary Trolley King by the non-profit organization that ran the trolleys for the city until 1991.

Two and a half weeks ago, friends from Chase House, where he had lived before breaking his hip nearly a year ago, arranged for the company that now runs the trolleys to honor his pass and give him another ride.

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