Joseph M. ButcherWarehousemanJoseph M. Butcher, a...


March 01, 1993

Joseph M. Butcher


Joseph M. Butcher, a warehouseman and former Army medic, died Wednesday of heart failure at his home in Severn. He was 61.

Mr. Butcher worked for the last 11 years at Key Way Transport Services Inc. in White Marsh.

Born and reared in Pennsylvania, Mr. Butcher was an Army medic from 1949 to 1955.

He was a former member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Odenton, and his hobbies included camping, fishing, hunting, bowling and football.

Services were to be held at 11:30 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

Mr. Butcher is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former Blanche L. Bishop; three daughters, Susan L. Dresher of Lexington Park, Michelle R. Williams of Lusby and Patricia Shroy of Steelton, Pa.; and two sons, Joseph M. Butcher of Severn and Brian Butcher of Oberlin, Pa.

He is also survived by a step-daughter, Connie Greene of Severn; two stepsons, Dean Hampton of Hanover and Mark Hampton of Severn; a brother, Fred Butcher, and a sister, Dorothy Butcher, both of Oberlin; seven grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Frances M. Mister


Frances M. Mister, a Timonium homemaker for 34 years, died Thursday at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville at age 86.

A native of Wilmington, Del., Frances Marion Jones was married in 1931 to A. Donald Mister. They moved to Baltimore in 1950 because of Mr. Mister's employment as a steel salesman, and then to Timonium in 1956.

After her husband died in 1976, Mrs. Mister was a volunteer tutor for students at Hampton Elementary School in Lutherville. Her favorite pastime was reading.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Towson Presbyterian Church, at Chesapeake and Highland avenues.

Survivors include a sister, Virginia McKinley of Newport, Del.; three daughters, Jane V. Novicki and Virginia A. Dorfler, both of Towson, and Kathryn E. Harrell of Springfield, Va.; two sons, Richard W. Mister of Virginia Beach, Va., and David F. Mister of Timonium; and 10 grandchildren.

Leslie J. Bates

Architect, designer

Leslie J. Bates, 43, an architect and interior designer, died Dec. 20 of respiratory failure from disseminated mycobacterial disease at his home in San Francisco.

Mr. Bates worked for nine years during the 1980s for RTKL Associates Inc. in Baltimore, doing design work throughout the Baltimore-Washington area.

His local projects included the Center Club and renovation of the Bank of Baltimore's headquarters branch, which won an American Institute of Architects design award.

Mr. Bates also did award-winning work on the Washington office of the Porter/Novelli public relations firm, several projects for the Marriott Corp. and the design of numerous local offices and law firms. His work also took him to RTKL's Dallas offices, where he did work on hotels and stores.

Mr. Bates was born in Lima, Ohio, and received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati in 1971.

He began his career with a Chicago firm before moving to Baltimore in 1981 to be senior designer for the interior design group of RTKL. He was named associate principal of RTKL in 1986.

In 1990, Mr. Bates moved to San Francisco, where he became vice president and director of design for interiors with Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum. He designed corporate headquarters and related facilities, airport executive clubs for a national airline and numerous other projects for the firm.

Mr. Bates was an accomplished musician, playing french horn and piano. He was a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Homer and Wilma Bates of Clearwater, Fla.; a sister, Barbara Wollmershauser of Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Robert Bates of Tullahoma, Tenn., and David Bates of Atlanta, Ga.

Services were held Jan. 16 in San Francisco.

The family suggested contributions to the Les Bates Memorial Fund, Metropolitan Community Church, 150 Eureka St., San Francisco, Calif. 94110.

Virginia Poland

Severn resident

Virginia "Ginny" Poland, a homemaker who had lived in Severn for the past 23 years, died at her home Wednesday of cancer. She was 67.

Born and educated in Bradley, Maine, she moved to Silver Spring in 1951 and took a job as a recording secretary with an insurance company in Washington.

Mrs. Poland quit that job in 1952, the year she and William C. Poland Jr., an electrician for the Navy, were married.

From 1964 to 1965, while stationed with her husband in Newport, R.I., she was a part-time key punch operator for Standwick Corp., a computer information service for the Navy.

Affectionately describing Mrs. Poland as "a Navy wife," her husband explained that the couple moved 32 times in 14 years.

Mr. Poland's career took them to many other cities, including Norfolk, Va., Charleston S.C., Key West, Fla., and New Orleans, where Mrs. Poland was an insurance company secretary.

From 1966 to 1972, she ran a poodle-grooming business out of her home.

The former Virginia Latno was active in the Ladies of the Elks, Glen Burnie Lodge No. 2266. Her hobbies included woodworking, masonry and carpentry.

She was a member of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, at Prudence and Church streets in Curtis Bay, where a Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 40 years, are a son and daughter-in-law, William J. and Denise Poland of Brooklyn Park; a brother, Robert Latno of Fort Pierce, Fla.; four sisters, Lucille Anderson of Boston, Mass., Dorothy Walton of Barefoot Bay, Fla., Joan Doll of Denver, Colo., and Freda Nye of Fort Pierce; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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