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September 26, 1992

George A. Conner

Expert on fidelity bonds

George A. Conner, a retired vice president of the Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland and an expert on roses, died Sept. 19 of heart disease at Broadmead, the retirement community where he lived since it opened in 1979.

A memorial service for Mr. Conner, 88, was scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Broadmead, 13801 York Road in Cockeysville.

He retired in 1969 after working for Fidelity for 41 years, during which time he became known as an expert on fidelity bonds and served as chairman of the executive committee of the Surety Association of America.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland law school. He was an elder, trustee and superintendent of the Sunday school at the Second Presbyterian Church.

After his retirement, he took up woodworking as a member of the Woodpeckers. He made antique furniture reproductions, including a desk from the old Senate Chamber in Annapolis. He also was a member of rose fanciers clubs, including the American Rose Society and Maryland Rose Society, which named him an accredited Rosarian for his expertise.

He grew and showed roses and lectured on the subject.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marion B. Tuttle; a daughter, Marion Wilson of Hampton; a son, James A. Conner of Towson; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Mary Magdalen Maddox, a soprano who sang in five Catholic church choirs at various times, died Tuesday of kidney failure at her home on Westburn Road in Catonsville.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Maddox, who was 86, was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery Church, Old Frederick Road and Monastery Avenue.

The former Mary Magdalen Kaufman was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Western High School.

As a young woman, she was a secretary for a real estate company and for what is now the Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co.

Her husband, Christopher T. Maddox Sr., a retired commercial artist, died in 1970.

She sang in choirs at St. Joseph's Monastery, St. Agnes, St. Francis of Assisi and the Church of the Ascension.

She liked to sing and play the piano at social events, cook and do needlework, often giving what she made to friends.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher T. Maddox Jr. and Bernard G. Maddox, both of Catonsville.

A. L. Dorsch Jr.

Owned State Sales

A Mass of Christian burial for Andrew L. Dorsch Jr., owner of State Sales Co., was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 6736 Youngstown Ave.

Mr. Dorsch, 68, was found stabbed to death Tuesday in his Fleet Street office.

He owned State Sales, which provides gambling wheels and prizes for fund-raisers, for 17 years; earlier, he owned the Enterprise Formstone Co. and had been in the real estate business. The Baltimore native served in the Navy during World War II.

A former commander of the General Joseph Haller Post of the American Legion, he also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Catholic War Veterans, Highlandtown Exchange Club, Highlandtown Merchants Club and served on the board of the Variety Club.

He is survived by a brother, Michael A. Dorsch of Birmingham, Mich.; two sisters, Margaret M. Clifford and Theresa W. Bowen, both of Baltimore; his longtime companion, Jane Marie Kane; her children, Debbie and Laura Carfrey of Baltimore, William Carfrey of Richmond, Va., and Thomas Carfrey of Savannah, Ga., and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth T. Garmatz

Wife of congressman

Ruth T. Garmatz, who launched ships, donated recipes and performed other duties while her husband served in Congress from 1946 until 1972, died Thursday at Union Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.

Services for Mrs. Garmatz, who was 88 and lived on East Lake Avenue, were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the John C. Miller funeral home, 6415 Belair Road.

The former Ruth T. Burchard moved to Baltimore as a child with her family.

Her husband, Edward A. Garmatz, for whom the Baltimore Federal Courthouse is named, served as chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. He died in 1986.

Mrs. Garmatz launched the Redwood, a Coast Guard buoy tender at Curtis Bay in 1964, and the SS Prudential Oceanjet a general cargo liner at Sparrows Point the next year.

Her recipe for a Christmas confection, rum balls, appeared in a cook book of dishes prepared by congressional wives.

Mrs. Garmatz is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Dontre Murfree


Services for Dontre Murfree, the first-grader killed when he ran in front of a car in the 3500 block Hillen Road on his way to school Tuesday, were scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at the Central Baptist Church, Baltimore and Pulaski streets.

The 5-year-old East 36th Street resident was a native of Baltimore and a new student at the Montebello Elementary School. He had gone to kindergarten at the Hillendale Elementary School.

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