Joseph J. SerovichK. of C. officialJoseph J. Serovich, an...


February 13, 1993

Joseph J. Serovich

K. of C. official

Joseph J. Serovich, an accountant for the Social Security Administration and the head of the Maryland District of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus, died Wednesday of cancer at his home on Old Pasture Lane in Severna Park.

He was 62 and had worked for the SSA for much of the time since moving to the Baltimore area in the early 1970s. He also had worked briefly in a Navy contract office at the Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

He became master of the state organization of the Fourth Degree in 1990 and had presided over the induction of Archbishop William H. Keeler into that organization.

In 1974, he became a member of the Holy Trinity Council of the Knights, a Roman Catholic fraternal group, where he held every office, including that of grand knight.

Later joining the Charles Carroll of Carrollton Assembly of the Fourth Degree, he held every office in that group, including faithful navigator.

Born in Atlas, Pa., he was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and held a master's degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

He served in the Army in the Korean War and was a member of an American Legion post in Harrisburg, Pa. He also was a member of the Severna Park Lodge of the Elks.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Serovich was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Ritchie Highway and Cypress Creek Road.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Janice E. Pennebaker; a son, Joseph J. Serovich Jr. of Baltimore; three daughters, Julianne M. Serovich of Lubbock, Texas, Jennifer L. Serovich of Catonsville and Joanne E. Serovich of Severna Park; his mother, Mary Serovich of Atlas; and two sisters, Mary Ann Serovich of Burke, Va., and Jeanette DiSciullo of Coatesville, Pa.

Gerhard C. Senula

Brewery worker

Gerhard C. Senula, who had been a brewery worker and a guitarist and tenor in German bands, died Wednesday of pneumonia at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center. He was 90.

Mr. Senula, who lived on Newkirk Street for many years, retired 25 years ago from the bottling department of the F. & M. Schaefer Brewing Co. plant, which was then in Highlandtown.

He started working at the brewery in the 1930s, when it was owned by the Gunther company. It was sold to the Theo. Hamm Brewing Co. and finally to Schaefer.

After Mr. Senula's retirement from brewing, he continued to sing and play with bands. A member of Haussner's Bavarian Band in the 1930s, he later played with bands at the Eichenkranz Restaurant and the Deutsches Haus. He was a member of the Eichenkranz men's singing society.

When he retired from music 10 years ago, he was playing with a group called the Happy Wanderers.

Born and reared in Herten, Germany, he moved to Baltimore in 1928. His wife, the former Elisabeth Thoben, died in 1964.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Senula will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, South Conkling Street and Foster Avenue.

He is survived by a daughter, Catherine E. Pascoe of Hunlock Creek, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Beverly A. Walters

Formerly of Baltimore

Beverly Ann Walters, a former Baltimore resident, died Jan. 21 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at a hospital in Nassawadox, Va. She was 57.

The former Beverly Ann Johnson was a native of Providence, R.I. She moved to Baltimore from Virginia 35 years ago after her marriage to George E. Walters, and she worked for the Maryland Casualty Co. here for several years before they moved back to Virginia.

A resident of Onancock, Va., she retired about five years ago as a pharmacy technician at the Peoples Drug Store in Onley, Va. She also was a former volunteer worker at the Northampton Accomack Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service was to be held at 1 p.m. today at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Onancock.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include a daughter, Kimberly Garton of Richmond, Va.; a son, Joseph Walters of Salisbury; a brother, Alfred Johnson Jr. of Providence; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Neuromuscular Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

John R. Marshall

Retired plumber

John Richard Marshall, retired owner of a plumbing and heating firm in Annapolis, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Anne Arundel County Medical Center.

He was 78 and lived in Annapolis.

He was a registered master plumber who retired in 1988 as owner of John R. Marshall Inc., which he had started in 1952. Earlier, he did similar work at the Naval Experimental Station near Annapolis.

A former president of the Anne Arundel County Plumbing Association, he also was a member of Associated Builders and Contractors.

Born and educated in Annapolis, he served in the Navy Seabees in the Pacific during World War II.

In his youth, he played baseball and football on local teams and was a catcher on a Philadelphia Athletics farm team on the Eastern Shore.

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