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November 11, 1992

Hugh J. Byrne


Hugh J. Byrne, who retired 18 years ago from the Crown Cork & Seal Co., died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital after a stroke.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Byrne, who was 80 and lived on Ecoway Court in Towson, was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, Parkville.

Mr. Byrne had worked at Crown Cork & Seal for 38 years before his retirement from its carpenter shop.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Calvert Hall College and served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

A charter member of the Parkville Post of the American Legion, he also belonged to the Linden Heights Golden Age Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth A. McLean, and a daughter-in-law, Mary R. Byrne of Bel Air.

Bessie Campbell

Active in church

Bessie Rhone Campbell, who was honored for her volunteer efforts at the Perkins Square Baptist Church, died Thursday at North Arundel Hospital after a heart attack at the age of 95. Services were conducted Monday at the church.

The former Bessie Rhone was born in Gloucester Court House in Virginia to parents who had been born into slavery. She came to Baltimore at the age of 7 with her family on what she called the "ferry boat." During the journey, a sister fell overboard and was drowned.

She worked as a baby sitter at age 14 for $2 a week, which she recalled was "good money" for the time, and as a young woman she did domestic work in Northwest Baltimore.

She was married in 1915 to Boston Campbell. Her husband, a laundry company employee, died in 1957, and her two daughters also preceded her in death.

About five years ago, she moved from the Edmondson Village area to Severna Park.

At the Perkins Square Church, she was honored with the title Church Mother in 1973 for her work in the congregation. At the same time, the legislature passed a resolution honoring her.

Her work included service as a deaconess and membership in the Gospel Choir, the Ladies Guild and the Garden of Flowers, a charitable group.

A grandson, Dr. Earl T. Matthews, director of continuing studies at Morgan State University, described her as a "quiet, sweet kind of lady who was always willing to do what was necessary to help someone else." He cited the fact that she took many people in need of a meal into her home in the 1940s.

Although she spoke of the difficult days of the Depression as if they had just passed, he said, she never went into detail about her own hardships.

She also claimed a vivid memory of the Baltimore Fire of 1904, a memory that she attributed to having been ill with the flu at the time.

She was a member of the Calvary Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and other groups affiliated with the Hiram Grand Lodge of the Masons.

She is survived by four grandsons, Dr. Matthews and Timothy Matthews, both of Severna Park, and Tyrone Campbell and Herbert Gregory, both of Baltimore; three granddaughters, Lydia Jackson, Earline Bissram and Joyce Gregory, all of Baltimore; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Ann Agnes Forthuber

Bridge champion

Ann Agnes Forthuber, an avid bridge player and three-time state bridge champion, died Saturday of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

A memorial service for Mrs. Forthuber, who was 79, was conducted Monday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn., the former Ann Agnes Bailey moved to Baltimore in the 1940s. She was a graduate of the Butler Business Academy in Connecticut.

She rented a house near Stevenson Lane before she married Francis M. Forthuber in 1948. The couple settled in Hamilton. In the late 1980s they bought a condominium in Roland Park, where she lived until her death.

An avid bridge player, Mrs. Forthuber became a life master in the American Contract Bridge League in 1978. She enjoyed playing duplicate contract bridge and was a three-time winner of the Maryland State Bridge Association's championship title in the early 1980s.

She was an active golfer at the Country Club of Maryland and a member of the Greenspring Inn, now a private club on Falls Road.

In the early 1970s, she worked for Greetings and Readings on Loch Raven Boulevard. For many years, Mrs. Forthuber volunteered as a Republican election judge at the First Christian Church polling place on Roland Avenue, and was active in the Lions Club of Hamilton.

An avid reader, Mrs. Forthuber particularly enjoyed biographies. She also liked cooking and entertaining for friends.

Mrs. Forthuber willed her body to science to further cancer research, and the family suggested memorial contributions to the Radiation Oncology Unit at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Francis M. Forthuber of Baltimore; three daughters, Mary Mintz, Ann Frances von Forthuber and Deborah Ketcham, all of Baltimore; a brother, Percival Bailey in California; and three grandchildren.

Grace M. Tierney

Social worker

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