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March 20, 1993

R. F. Schumacher,

Plumbing executive

Russell F. Schumacher, retired president and chairman of the board of the Schumacher & Seiler wholesale plumbing and heating supply company, died at Los Angeles Airport of a heart attack Monday while returning from a trip to Vietnam.

The 69-year-old Broadmead resident retired in 1978 after selling the company to the employees. His father was one of the founders of the firm when it was started in 1932, and Mr. Schumacher began working there after World War II.

A former president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, he was a member of the Master Plumbers Association of Maryland, the Middle Atlantic Wholesalers Association and many other business groups.

After his retirement, he created a family real estate management company. He became active in the Service Corps of Retired Executives and served as chairman of the Baltimore chapter of the group, which helps small businesses. He also helped to start Genesis Jobs, a counseling organization for the unemployed.

His trip to Vietnam and earlier trips to Russia and China were made under the auspices of People to People International, a group that encourages international understanding through travel.

A former senior warden of Epiphany Episcopal Church, he also headed committees that oversaw installations of stained-glass windows and a pipe organ at the church.

Mr. Schumacher was a former president of the Optimist Club of Timonium, to which he belonged for 35 years, and a supporter, both individually and through the club, of the programs of the Timonium-Lutherville Recreation Council. He also was active in Republican political campaigns in the county and in the state.

Born in Baltimore and reared in Perry Hall, he was a graduate of Towson High School and the University of Maryland at College Park, where he was editor of the student newspaper.

He served in the Army during World War II and then worked for a short time for Dun & Bradstreet before starting with Schumacher & Seiler.

A memorial service was to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2216 Pot Spring Road, Timonium.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Irene Catherine Fredrickson; three daughters, Judith Gemmill of Sparks, Susan Batlas of Parkton and Catherine Siperk of the Worthington Valley; a son, Lawrence Schumacher of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions be made to the Timonium Optimist Foundation or Genesis Jobs.

Elaine V. Stokes

Retired teacher

Elaine Vandenberg Stokes, a retired physical education teacher, died Tuesday of cancer at her home in Cockeysville. She was 68.

Known as "Punky," she attended Oldfields School in Glencoe and was a 1942 graduate of the Greenwood School in Ruxton.

After Greenwood, she entered the Bouve School of Physical Education in Boston, which merged with Tufts College in the mid-1940s. She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from Tufts in 1946.

In the late 1940s, she joined the faculty of Towson Junior High School. She also taught at Dundalk High School, Goucher College, St. Timothy's School in Catonsville and St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, where she retired 10 years ago.

She was a member of the Herring Run Hockey Club and was named to an all-star lacrosse team while in high school. She also played on the St. James of My Lady's Manor basketball team.

Ms. Stokes had many close friends on the U.S. International Hockey Team, often traveling to Scotland with them.

She spent many summers camping at Camp Asquam on Squam Lake in New Hampshire and later worked there as a counselor and head counselor.

An active member of Immanuel Episcopal Church in Glencoe, she joined St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Hampden after moving to Cockeysville eight years ago.

She also was active in the Episcopal Church Cursillo program. Services for Ms. Stokes were to be held at 2 p.m. today at Immanuel Episcopal Church on Glencoe Road.

She is survived by a sister, Harriet Stokes Iglehart of Monkton; a brother, John Austen Stokes of Nyack, N.Y.; and eight nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial donations to the Campus Crusade for Life Inc., Arrowhead Springs, San Bernardino, Calif. 42424; or to the Greater Baltimore Crisis Pregnancy Center, 12 E. 21st St., Baltimore 21218.

Marion P. Bartlett

Lifelong Baltimorean

Services were scheduled for today for Marion P. Bartlett, a homemaker and lifelong Baltimore resident who died of congestive heart failure Wednesday. She was 91.

A 1919 graduate of Roland Park Country School, the former Marion Dushane Penniman was one of the school's oldest living alumnae.

In 1923, she married Francis M. Barker, an investment banker who died in 1944. Ten years later, she married J. Kemp Bartlett Jr., a Baltimore lawyer, and moved to Tanglewood, his home in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. Mr. Bartlett died in 1961.

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