Rev. A. V. Hunter Jr.Minister, professorThe Rev. A...


October 23, 1992

Rev. A. V. Hunter Jr.

Minister, professor

The Rev. A. Vanlier Hunter Jr., a Presbyterian minister who was professor of biblical studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University and active in ecumenical and interfaith activities, died Tuesday of liver cancer at the home of his mother in Johnstown, Pa.

Services for Dr. Hunter, who was 53, were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Beechwoods Presbyterian Church at Dubois, Pa.

Two services for Dr. Hunter are scheduled for Nov. 2 in the chapel of St. Mary's Seminary and University, 5400 Roland Ave. A memorial Mass will be offered at 8 a.m. and an ecumenical service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.

A member of the St. Mary's faculty since 1972, Dr. Hunter retired in July as associate dean of the seminary's Ecumenical Institute, a post he held since 1980. He also took a leave from his faculty post at that time.

He served on the board of trustees of St. Mary's Seminary and University from 1984 until 1987 and had been active on several committees of the Presbytery of Baltimore. He chaired the Presbyterian Study Group of the Maryland Interfaith Project of the Institute for Christian-Jewish Studies. Born in Huntingdon, Pa., he graduated in 1961 with great honors from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He then earned two master's degrees at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the first in 1964 when he was ordained and the second in 1968. While studying for the second degree, he also served Presbyterian churches in the Pittsburgh area.

In 1968, he went to Europe, studying at the University of Tuebingen in Germany and at the University of Basel in Switzerland, where he earned his doctorate in 1972.

An expert in biblical Hebrew, he wrote two books, "Seek the Lord," on early texts of parts of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, and the "Biblical Hebrew Workbook," a handbook on grammar.

He was a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and the American Schools of Oriental Research, which are archaeological institutes Jerusalem.

Known as Van, he was known for witty and challenging sermons and spoke often in churches and synagogues in the Baltimore area, frequently lent books from his large personal library to those who wanted to learn, and he led tour groups to Israel and Jordan.

In 1982, he was author of a statement by the National Conference of Christians and Jews indicating that the anti-Jewish use of the Gospel of St. John was the result of bad scholarship.

He is survived by his mother, Twila Hunter of Johnstown; a sister, Leah Williams of Johnstown; and three nephews.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Van Hunter Memorial Fund at St. Mary's Seminary and University.

Ramona Elaine Bennett, retired banquet manager of the Turf Valley Country Club, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at a hospital in Milford, Del.

A memorial service for Mrs. Bennett, who moved from Ellicott City to Milford 11 years ago, was to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the Lofland Funeral Home in Milford.

Mrs. Bennett worked at the country club for 20 years. She alsoworked in a Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant during World War II.

The former Ramona Elaine Zenter was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Catonsville High School.

A former adult leader of Cub Scout and Girl Scout groups, she was a member of the Sweet Adelines, the women's group that sings with barbershop quartets and choruses.

She is survived by two sons, Michael J. Bennett of Phoenix and Richard J. Bennett of Milford; two daughters, Ramona E. Bennett of Milford and Donna L. Mensch of Linwood, N.J.; two brothers, William Zenter of Glen Burnie and Frederick Zenter of Catonsville; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Francis C. Michetti

NSA employee

Francis C. Michetti, an employee of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, died Tuesday at Howard County General Hospital after a heart attack.

Services for Mr. Michetti, who was 51 and lived in Glen Burnie, were to be conducted at noon today at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Drive in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Michetti had been a civilian employee of the agency for about 30 years and had served in the Air Force in the early 1960s.

Born in Nantucket, Mass., he was a graduate of Nantucket High School. A tenor, he sang in the choir at St. Paul's Church. He had also been a coach in the Linthicum-Ferndale Little League.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Joan C. Taino; two sons, Jeffrey Francis Michetti of Glen Burnie and William David Michetti of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Toni Ann Anderson of Westminster; his mother, Pauline Michetti; two brothers, Robert and Paul Michetti; and a sister, Susan Miller, all of Nantucket; and two grandchildren.

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