Margaret M. BerkeyCemetery caretakerMargaret Mary Berkey...


September 20, 1992

Margaret M. Berkey

Cemetery caretaker

Margaret Mary Berkey, retired caretaker for the First German United Evangelical Church Cemetery on O'Donnell Street, died Monday of cancer at her O'Donnell Street home.

Services for Mrs. Berkey, 69, were conducted yesterday at the Robert E. Daily and Son Funeral Home in Thurmont, which is managed by a son.

She retired six months ago after taking the caretaker's job in 1971 following the death of her father, who held the job before her. She retired once before in 1984, but was dissatisfied with the work of her replacement and returned in 1989.

Born in Baltimore, the former Margaret Mary Stewart lived for many years at the cemetery, which is also known as the Swartz Cemetery. Her husband, William D. Berkey, is still caretaker at the Oheb Shalom Cemetery across the street, and they have maintained homes at both cemeteries.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two sons, William D. Berkey Jr. of Thurmont and David C. Berkey of Cincinnati; two sisters, Lillian Rochlitz of Baltimore and Minnie Moerschel of Eastpoint; two brothers, Richard Stewart of Baltimore and Douglas Stewart of Perry Hall; and a grandson.

Louise R. Wight

Retired manager

Louise R. Wight, retired manager of the women's department of the old William H. Lohmeyer clothing store, died Wednesday of cancer at her home on East Melrose Avenue.

A memorial service for Mrs. Wight, who was 78, was conducted yesterday.

Mrs. Wight retired 20 years ago after heading the women's department at the Charles Street store for more than a decade.

In the 1940s, she began her career in the clothing business, modeling in fashion shows and at department stores, running fashion shows and serving as a consultant to Hochschild Kohn and Co. Before joining Lohmeyer's, she also designed dresses to be worn at the Bachelors Cotillon.

A native of Philadelphia, the former Louise Risley was a graduate of the Agnes Irwin School for Girls there. She was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Maryland, a founder of the Town and Country Garden Club and a volunteer in the Bryn Mawr School after-school child-care program. She also volunteered with the Red Cross during World War II.

Her husband, John H. Wight, died in 1990.

She is survived by a daughter, Julia W. Schniewind of Chestnut Hill, Mass.; a son, J. Hyatt Wight III of Winchester, Mass.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave. in Ruxton, 21204.

Eleanor Callahan

Genealogist, artist

Eleanor McConky Callahan, a heraldic artist and genealogist, died Wednesday of heart failure at her home in the Memorial Apartments. She was 75.

A memorial service for the 70-year resident of Bolton Hill will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Memorial Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Bolton streets.

Mrs. Callahan, one of the nation's foremost heraldic artists, was represented by the Purnell Galleries and Bendann Art Galleries.

"She was a grand lady from Bolton Hill," recalled Lance Bendann, fourth-generation proprietor of the gallery. "She conjured up an image of a time gone by."

Mrs. Callahan was descended from the Stansbury family, whose family home, Ballestone, was originally a 1659 land grant from Cecilius Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, to George Washington's great-grandfather, William Ball. The Cedar Point landmark in eastern Baltimore County is now restored.

Born in Baltimore, Mrs. Callahan was educated at Mrs. Page's School and graduated from the old Friends School, then located on Park Avenue, in 1935.

Besides collecting genealogical material on the Stansbury, McConky and Callahan families, she wrote and illustrated numerous neighborhood brochures dealing with the history of Bolton Hill.

She was a member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and contributed to genealogical publications.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, James Nolan Callahan; two daughters, Anne R. Seligman of San Diego and Dr. Elaine H. Callahan-Evans of Anchorage, Alaska; and four grandchildren.

Harry J. Cranston

Insurance firm CEO

Harry J. Cranston, chief executive officer and president of Hilb, Rogal and Hamilton Co. of Baltimore, insurance brokers, died of cancer Wednesday at the Stella Maris Hospice. He was 57.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow for Mr. Cranston, who lived in Roland Park, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Towson.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Cranston moved to Baltimore as a child and received his early education in area schools. He was a 1953 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and received his bachelor's degree in industrial education in 1958 from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

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