Virginia BartonWorked for TawesVirginia Barton, who had...


November 04, 1992

Virginia Barton

Worked for Tawes

Virginia Barton, who had worked as secretary to a former comptroller and was active in her husband's parking consulting business in Cleveland, died Oct. 18 at a hospital in the Ohio City after a heart attack.

A Mass of Christian burial for the 81-year-old Shaker Heights, Ohio, resident was offered Oct. 21. at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

The former Virginia Meekins was a native of Church Creek who was raised in Baltimore and graduated from Mount St. Agnes High School and College. She worked during World War II in the local Office of Price Administration, the war-time rationing and price control agency, and later as secretary to the late J. Millard Tawes before he became governor.

She met her husband, Eugene A. Barton, while he was working in Baltimore, and they moved to Cleveland in 1955.

She was vice president of E.A. Barton & Associates, Inc., his parking and traffic consulting firm, and was active with him on federal boards and commissions. They also recently developed a parking and commercial building near the cathedral in Cleveland. Also, she was a life master bridge player.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include a daughter, Carol Miller of Glen Gardner, N.J.; a brother, James McCann of Towson; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Louise B. Schamberg, a retired furniture store cashier, died Aug. 24 of circulatory illness at the Meridian Nursing Center-Caton Manor.

The 87-year-old Baltimore native lived in the Southwest section for many years.

She retired 22 years ago after working for about 35 years at the Levenson and Klein store on East Monument Street. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Catonsville.

She is survived by a niece, Catherine Bogan of Linthicum, and a nephew, Carroll E. Woody of Glen Burnie.

Elsie Oris Branch

Special education teacher

Elsie Oris Branch, a retired special education teacher, died Oct. 7 at Good Samaritan Hospital of complications of diabetes.

The 70-year-old Randallstown resident retired in 1982 from the Waverly Elementary School, where she taught for much of the time since becoming a full-time teacher in 1970. Earlier, she had been a substitute teacher for many years and had worked in the 1940s at the head quarters of the Social Security Administration.

The former Elsie Oris Mason was a graduate of Douglass High School. She later attended Loyola College and Morgan State University and earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Coppin State College. Fond of travel and of solving mathematics problems, she was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Randallstown, where a Mass was offered Oct. 12.

Her husband of 48 years, J. VanStory Branch, is a retired housing director for Baltimore.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two daughters, Shirley Amprey of Bel Air and LaVerne Branch of London; a son, J. VanStory Branch Jr. of Randallstown; her mother, Mae Mason of Baltimore; a sister, Dorothy M. Bard of Randallstown; and two grandchildren.

Janet Knight

Retired teacher

Janet Agnes Duke Knight, 89, a retired Southern Maryland teacher, died Oct. 22 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Leonardtown of complications to circulatory illness.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Oct. 26.

The Leonardtown native was the first female certified schoolteacher in the Great Mills area. She volunteered with the Red Cross for 30 years and helped organize functions for the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. She also belonged to St. Aloysius Ladies of Charity.

Daughter of the late J. Roland and Catherine Councell Duke, Mrs. Knight had graduated from St. Mary's Academy, a Leonardtown all-girls high school.

She is survived by three sons, H. Kiloh Knight of Washington, Harry E. Knight of Grantsville and George A. Knight of Lexington Park; four daughters, Mary A. Klug of Easton, Ann E. "Nora" Gerstmyer of Fallston, Sarah M. Obniski of California, Md., and Jane A. Dombroski of Newport, N.H.; 28 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Knight; a son, John Francis Duke Knight, and a daughter, Catherine C. VanDevanter.


Eleanor C. Hook

High school teacher

Eleanor C. Hook, a former teacher, died Sunday of cancer at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center at Salisbury.

Born and reared in Snow Hill, she later attended Hood College and graduated in 1941. After that, she taught high school in Berlin for several years.

Mrs. Hook, 66, met her husband, G. Randall Hook, in 1944 and moved to Baltimore. They moved back to Snow Hill in 1975.

Services were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Whatcoat United Methodist Church in Snow Hill.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hook is survived by a daughter, Anne H. Pifer of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, James T. Hook; four grandchildren; and two nieces.

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