Norman VanBruntMethodist pastorThe Rev. F. Norman...


March 14, 1993

Norman VanBrunt

Methodist pastor

The Rev. F. Norman VanBrunt, retired pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore, died March 6 of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Salem, N.J.

Mr. VanBrunt, 76, had lived in Pennsville, N.J., since his retirement in 1981 from the North Baltimore church he had served since 1969.

He came to Baltimore in the mid-1950s to be pastor of St. Mark's United Methodist Church for about 10 years. He then was pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Hagerstown.

A native of Adelphia, N.J., he was a graduate of Drew University and the School of Theology at Temple University in Philadelphia. also attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Western Maryland College in Westminster.

Ordained in 1936, he served churches in New Jersey until 1950, when he became associate minister of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington. He was president of the Washington Council of Churches and as associate chaplain of the U.S. Senate before moving to Baltimore.

In Hagerstown, he was active in several community programs -- housing for low income families, a tutoring program for children and working with the courts to help children in trouble.

He was a member of many church bodies at the conference and jurisdiction levels, including serving as head trustee of the Board of Child Care of the Baltimore Conference. He also was president of the board of the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.

A member of several service clubs and the Benjamin French Lodge of the Masons in Washington, he also had been chairman of a bicentennial celebration committee in Baltimore. In 1977, he was given an award for civic work in Maryland by the Sons of the American Revolution.

Interested in music, he had been a choir director and had helped to edit a book of folk songs used by New Jersey youth groups. He was a consultant on revision of the Methodist hymnal.

A memorial service, originally planned for Saturday, was

postponed until 4 p.m. April 4 at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

Mr. VanBrunt is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Martha Biddle Fogg; a daughter, Carol Cathcart of Columbia, and two granddaughters.

Jack H. Levinson

Ran funeral business

Jack H. Levinson, president for 33 years of Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment, died of lung cancer and emphysema Thursday athis home in the Village of Cross Keys. He was 69.

Mr. Levinson worked in the family business at 6010 Reisterstown Road for 45 years. The funeral home was founded by his grandfather, Max Levinson, in 1892 and named for his father, Sol.

His son, Irvin B. Levinson, and three of his cousins also work in the business.

Mr. Levinson graduated from City College in 1942 and served in the European theater as a sergeant in the Army during World War II.

He was a member of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association, a former member of the Maryland State Board of Funeral Directors and a former board member of the Jewish Funeral Directors of America.

The Baltimore native had lived in the Village of Cross Keys for 15 years.

He was a lifetime member of the Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation in Baltimore; the Center Lodge No. 108, Yedz Grotto and Golden Eagle Square and Compass Club -- all Masonic organizations; the Save-A-Heart Foundation and the Woodholme Country Club.

Services will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson funeral establishment.

Mr. Levinson is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Lottie Carnell; his son, Irvin B. Levinson of Baltimore; three daughters, Bonnie Sussman of Tucson, Ariz., Terry Moller of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and Linda Smith of Seattle; and five grandchildren.

Louis J. Brodowski

Armco Steel foreman

Louis J. Brodowski, retired foreman at Armco Stainless Steel Division, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 24 at Fallston General Hospital.

The 65-year-old Baldwin-area resident began working at Armco in 1944 but soon joined the Army. After serving in Yokohama, Japan, he returned in 1946 to Armco, where he remained until his retirement in 1982. After his retirement, he worked part-time as a guard on trucks of Loomis Armored Inc.

Services were conducted Dec. 28 at Christ Lutheran Church in Dundalk.

Mr. Brodowski is survived by his wife, Lois Dorbit Brodowski; a daughter, LuAnn Hall Hurwitz of Joppatown; six sisters, Helen XTC Snider of Dundalk, Minnie Ketchum of Edgemere, Ruth Mekolon of Dundalk, Amelia Radakovic of Edgemere, Dolores Rose of Hanover, Pa., and Noami Stevens of Baltimore; a brother, John Brodowski of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Samuel P. Sisler, a retired department supervisor at the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay, died Feb. 5 of pneumonia at the Old Court Nursing Center in Pikesville.

The 90-year-old Randallstown resident retired in 1968 after 29 years at the Coast Guard Yard.

He had come to Baltimore in the early 1930s and operated his own painting contracting company for a time. The Connellsville, Pa., native graduated from Fair Chance (Pa.) High School.

Services were conducted March 9 in Randallstown.

His wife, the former Gladys Edith Shriver, died in 1969.

He is survived by three daughters, Gloria Rector of Chesterton, Ind., Shirley Ann Reigner of Ellicott City and Dianna Lee Rinker of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sons, Samuel Sisler Jr. and William Lee Sisler of Eldersburg and Wendall Miles Sisler of Pikesville; a sister, Sylvia Ann Coffman of Camp Hill, Pa.; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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