Vernon Behlert Sr.CoppersmithVernon A. Behlert Sr., a...


September 10, 1992

Vernon Behlert Sr.


Vernon A. Behlert Sr., a retired Bethlehem Steel coppersmith who worked at the company's Sparrows Point plant for 28 years, died of a heart attack at York (Pa.) Hospital Saturday.

Services for the 60-year-old Winterstown, Pa., resident will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Burg Funeral Home Inc., 134 W. Broadway Road, Red Lion, Pa.

Mr. Behlert, a Baltimore native, attended city schools, then joined the Army in 1953. After his discharge in 1960, he joined Bethlehem Steel Corp.

He enjoyed woodworking and liked to remodel kitchens.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary A. Davis of Winterstown, Pa; a daughter, Judy A. Cox of Baltimore; four sons, Vernon A. Behlert Jr. of Edgewood, Scott A. Behlert Sr. of Baltimore, Mark A. Behlert Sr. of Dallastown, Pa., and Troy A. Behlert of Red Lion; and many grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, 301 E. Market St., York, Pa. 17403.

Rev. John J. Burns

Jesuit educator

The Rev. John J. Burns, S.J., a member of the Loyola High School Jesuit community for 28 years, died Sunday at Blakefield of a heart attack at age 70.

A mass of Christian burial was offered last night at St. Ignatius Church, 740 N. Calvert St.

Born in Philadelphia, Father Burns attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School and after graduation in 1940 entered the Jesuit Novitate at Wernersville, Pa. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. He continued his studies in chemistry, receiving his master's degree in chemistry from Catholic University and, later, a master's in theology from Woodstock College where he was ordained by Archbishop William H. Keough in 1953. He completed his Ph.D. from St. Louis University in 1960.

He taught chemistry for several years at Georgetown University before joining Loyola High School at Blakefield in 1964. He retired from teaching in 1974, but continued in a variety of Jesuit administrative posts at Blakefield.

"In his life, he had to endure a great deal of physical suffering [including cancer and eye problems], but he never complained," recalled the Rev. Allen Novotny, a teacher at the school.

The Rev. James F. McAndrews, president of Loyola, said, "Father Burns had great teaching skills and despite of his illness maintained his interest in the school. He had a wonderful smile and sense of humor."

He is survived by a brother, the Rev. Thomas Burns of Cherry Hill, N.J., and a sister, Mrs. W. M. Ford of Pleasantville, N.J.

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