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March 26, 1993

Alice C. Turnipseed

Baltimore florist

Alice C. Turnipseed, a florist who was active in community and church affairs, died Saturday of cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Mrs. Turnipseed, 81, was a self-taught florist who opened Biddle Florist on East Biddle Street in 1949 and later moved it to Darley Avenue, where she lived. She was a member of the Monumental Florist Association.

She had served on the usher board of the Fountain Baptist Church and was a founder of the Darley Park Improvement Association. In 1967, the Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at Morgan State University named her mother of the year.

Born in Norfolk, Va., she moved to Baltimore before her marriage in 1934 to Willis Turnipseed. He died in October.

Services were to be conducted at noon today at the Fountain Baptist Church, 1215 E. Monument St., Baltimore.

Mrs. Turnipseed's survivors include three sons, Norris Turnipseed and Willis Turnipseed Jr. of Baltimore and Carl Turnipseed of Baldwin, N.Y.; a daughter, Denise Moss of Baltimore; two sisters, Edith Collick and Ola Armstrong of Baltimore; a stepsister, Dorothy Pitts of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Robert F. Gritzan

Furniture salesman

Robert F. Gritzan, who sold furniture in the Baltimore area and overseas, died Monday of cancer at a hospice in Hollywood, Fla.

He was 72 and had lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., since 1980.

He had been active since 1952 in his family's business as a manufacturer's representative in Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and the islands of Bermuda and Puerto Rico for the Hickory Chair Co. of Hickory, N.C.

After moving to Florida from the Baltimore area, he worked for Hickory, covering the islands until 1990.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College and the University of Maryland, where he also earned a master's degree. He was a pharmacist's mate in the Navy during World War II.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was an agricultural economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington and then in Boston, and a sales official for a company in Pittsburgh.

While living in Baltimore, he was a member of the Society of the Ark and the Dove, the Talbot County Historical Society, the Engineers Club and the Maryland State Sheriff's Association.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Gritzan was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale.

2& He is survived by several cousins.

Rose G. Blum

Executive secretary

Rose G. Blum, who operated a grocery store with her husband before she went to work as an executive secretary, died yesterday at her home on Fallstaff Road of multiple myeloma.

She was 83 and had retired three years ago as an executive secretary in the St. Paul Street counseling office of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland. She had joined the agency in 1978 after working for several firms.

From 1948 until 1968, she and her husband, Hyman Blum, owned Blum's Grocery on West Lafayette Avenue. Mr. Blum died in 1971.

The former Rose Greenberg was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Eastern High School.

She was a member of the Ner Tamid Congregation and its Sisterhood.

Services were to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road in Baltimore.

Mrs. Blum is survived by a daughter, Sandra Gilmor of Baltimore; a son, Dr. Barry Blum of Cincinnati; a sister, Sylvia Cooper of Baltimore; five grandsons; and two great-grandsons.

Louise N. Porter

Stoneleigh resident

Louise N. Porter, who lived in Stoneleigh for many years, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Holly Hill Nursing Home. She was 92.

The former Louise Nelson was a native of My Lady's Manor and a graduate of Towson High School.

She was a member of the Woman's Club of Towson and enjoyed gardening and playing bridge.

Her husband, Robert Franklin Porter, a retired vice president of the Harry T. Campbell Sons' Co., died in 1978.

A graveside service for Mrs. Porter was to be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery, 3100 Monkton Road in Monkton.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Virginia Porter Siems of Baltimore; a sister, Lovisah Nelson Bumgarner of Brooklandville; and two grandsons.

Barbara Lowry

Social worker

Barbara Lowry, a supervisor of children's protective services in the Baltimore Department of Social Services, died Saturday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of a brain infection.

She was 37 and lived on North Collington Avenue.

She had worked for the city agency for 14 years and had also been a consultant to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Social Work.

Born in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Northern High School and of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She earned a master's degree in social work at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Ms. Lowry sang in the choir and was active in the drama and nursery ministries of the Genesis Bible Fellowship at 531 Walker Ave. at the northern city line, where services were to be conducted at 7:30 p.m. today.

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