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September 28, 1992

Grace Evelyn Keese

Sang in church choirs

Grace Evelyn Keese, who directed youth and adult choirs at several Baltimore Methodist churches, died Sept. 19 at age 94 after having suffered from heart problems.

Services were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Asbury Methodist Home in Gaithersburg, where she lived for about the past 20 years.

Born in Baltimore to Martha Ellen Ebaugh and Joseph Russell Wiley, she attended public schools and studied voice and piano. She later worked as a stenographer for the Maryland Casualty Co. and the Fidelity and Deposit Co.

In 1926, she married the Rev. William A. Keese, pastor of the Orangeville Methodist Church. They moved to Allegany County, where she directed the choir and counseled youth at the Ellerslie Methodist Church.

Later, Mrs. Keese organized and directed youth and adult choirs at the Mount Olive Methodist Church in Randallstown, the Towson Methodist Church and the Metropolitan Methodist Church in Washington.

She also sang in the choir at the Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., and was active in the United Methodist Women's Organization.

She and her husband moved to the Asbury Methodist Home when he retired.

Mrs. Keese was known for sending hundreds of birthday and anniversary cards every year.

Mr. Keese died nine years ago, and Mrs. Keese's brother, Russell E. Wiley, died in 1953.

Mrs. Keese is survived by a daughter, Ruth E. Schaeffer of Gates Mills, Ohio; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

The family suggested memorial contributions could be sent to the Asbury Methodist Village, 201 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, Md. 20877.

David Ehrenfried

Ran repair business

David Ehrenfried, retired owner of a washing machine repair business, died Wednesday of kidney failure at Franklin Square Hospital.

Services for Mr. Ehrenfried, who was 78 and lived on Ridgemoor Road in Essex, were conducted Saturday.

He retired about six years ago after operating Kramer Services, the business started by his father, for 35 years. A native of Philadelphia, he worked in the Philadelphia Navy Yard during World War II and came to the Baltimore area as a young man.

He was fond of bowling, dancing and poker.

Mr. Ehrenfried is survived by his wife, the former Anna Shaw; and a son, Edwin Ehrenfried of Edgemere.

Walter R. Hitchcock

Cemetery manager

Walter R. Hitchcock, a retired cemetery manager, died Friday at his Westminster home after a brief illness.

Services for the 65-year-old were scheduled for 1:30 p.m. todayat the Haight Funeral Home on Route 32 near Eldersburg.

Interment was to take place at the Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville, where he had been assistant manager from 1950 to 1969.

Mr. Hitchcock subsequently became manager of the Parkwood Cemetery on Taylor Avenue, retiring in 1983.

He went back to work part time for the past six years in the office of the Everlasting Vault Co. in the Holbrook section of Baltimore County.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Hitchcock was a graduate of St. Paul's School for Boys and of Washington College in Chestertown.

He was a member of the Tuscan Masonic lodge in Towson, the Carroll County Scottish Rite and Western Maryland Shrine Club and of the Westminster United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, the former Elizabeth Shivers; a daughter, Mary H. Reinhart of St. Louis; and a brother, John A. Hitchcock of Severn.

The family suggested donations to Washington College, Chestertown, Md. 21620.

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