February 05, 1993

Edna Jontiff

Retired nurse

Edna Jontiff, a private duty nurse in Baltimore for many years, died yesterday at her home in the Ingram Manor Apartments in Northwest Baltimore.

Miss Jontiff, who was 82, retired about 20 years ago as a private-duty nurse who worked much of the time at Sinai Hospital but also at other hospitals and at people's homes.

During World War II, she served in the Army Nurse Corps aboard the hospital ships Acadia and Larkspur in the Mediterranean and during Atlantic crossings.

In a recent reminiscence of her Army days, she wrote of the soldier from home who asked her to bring him a bologna sausage and of the duffel bags of clothing from America she took to people she met in North Africa.

She also wrote of her hunger aboard ship because of the lack of kosher food, and of a Jewish man in Gibraltar who wanted to marry her.

She reached the rank of first lieutenant before her discharge in 1945.

Born in Baltimore, she was a 1932 graduate of the Sinai Hospital Nursing School. She was a member of the National Organization of World War Nurses.

She is survived by a brother, Julius Jontiff of Pikesville; five nephews; and seven nieces.

Services were scheduled for noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Frank H. Simpson Sr.

Retired railroad worker

Frank H. Simpson Sr., retired yardmaster for the Patapsco and Back Rivers Railroad, died Monday evening of heart and kidney failure at Franklin Square Hospital.

The 79-year-old Perry Hall resident retired in 1969 after 33 years with the railroad that serves the Bethlehem Steel Corp.

A native of Sparrows Point who attended high school there, he was a former grand of the Fort Carroll Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was a member for more than 50 years.

He was also a former president of the Gunpowder Lions Club and, for the past two years, a member of the board of Perry Hall United Methodist Church. Also, he was a member of a group that cut and sold firewood for the benefit of the church, where services were conducted yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Virginia Ruth; three daughters, Rae Myrl Nicholson of White Hall, Frances K. Taylor of Joppa and Sally Ann Clemons of Sykesville; a son, Frank H. Simpson Jr. of Perry Hall; a brother, William Simpson of Baltimore; a sister, Lillian Simpson of Dundalk; 23 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

E. Herbert Newcomb

Man for all seasons

E. Herbert Newcomb, who had been a farmer, produce merchant, restaurant worker, hotel clerk and a tenor who sang in choirs and opera productions, died Tuesday of heart failure at his home Hazelhurst Farm in Trappe.

Mr. Newcomb, 92, retired in 1965 as desk clerk at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, a job he held for 15 years to augment the income from the feed grains that he grew at his farm.

Born on James Island on the Eastern Shore, he moved to Baltimore in 1912. For many years, he was a commission merchant for himself and for other businesses in the old produce market area in Baltimore. He was a resident of the Bowleys Quarters area for many years.

He studied voice at the Peabody Institute and was paid to sing with several choirs. In addition, he sang leading roles in Baltimore Civic Opera Company productions and Gilbert and Sullivan productions.

He left the produce business and worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corp., building components for ships. Later, he helped a brother operate a restaurant in Smyrna, Del.

His wife, the former Margaret Schmick, died in 1979.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Trappe.

Mr. Newcomb is survived by a son, Charles J. Newcomb of Trappe; a daughter, Dorothy Clark of Fort Pierce, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Larry F. Harcum


Larry F. Harcum, a retired elementary school teacher, died Monday of complications of AIDS at the Stella Maris Hospice.

Mr. Harcum, who was 38 and lived on Rolling Bend Road in Woodlawn, retired about a year ago because of ill health after 12 years as a teacher at St. Alphonsus-Basilica School on Saratoga Street.

Earlier, he taught in schools in Chicago and as a volunteer in summer religious schools, many of them at Corpus Christi Church in West Baltimore, where he had been an altar boy in his youth.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Corpus Christi School, Cardinal Gibbons High School and the University of Maryland at College Park.

He was a volunteer with the Health Education Resources Organization, an AIDS education group.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Bernadine's Church, 3812 Edmondson Ave.

Mr. Harcum is survived by his parents, Dorothy Hackett and Ellis Harcum Sr.; four sisters, Leslie Wheat, Desiree Hackett, Angela Harcum and LaGracia Harcum; three brothers, Darrin Hackett, Carlton Clark and Ellis Harcum Jr.; and his grandparents, Mary and Leroy Harcum Sr. All are of Baltimore.

Irene Kirby

Active in civic groups

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