Pratheus C. LandBaptist ministerThe Rev. Pratheus C. Land...


April 06, 1993

Pratheus C. Land

Baptist minister

The Rev. Pratheus C. Land, a retired Baptist minister, died Saturday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of complications of a stroke.

Mr. Land, 73, lived at Rosemont Tower, an apartment building for senior citizens on Poplar Grove Street in West Baltimore.

He retired in 1985 as pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Athens, Ga. He came to the church in 1974. While there, he helped start a vocational school for adults and youths.

He began his career as a minister in 1965 in Baltimore and sold vacuum cleaners door-to-door.

He moved to Pittsburgh in 1968 as pastor of Beulah Baptist Church and continued to sell vacuum cleaners.

He sold automobiles for four years, retiring in 1989.

Mr. Land was born in Chester, S.C. In the late 1940s, he moved to Washington, where he graduated from Dunbar High School and Howard University.

He was a member of the Secret Service before he graduated from the Howard University Divinity School.

His wife, the former Friedonia Berry, died in 1978.

Services for Mr. Land are to be conducted at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Perkins Square Baptist Church, 2500 Edmondson Ave.

He is survived by six sons, Peter Land of Lochearn, Frederick Land of Diamond Bar, Calif., Reuben Land of Willingboro, N.J., Jeremiah Land of Washington, John Land of Baltimore and David Land of Camp Springs; and seven daughters, Patricia Culliver of Diamond Bar, Riefondia Morgan of Washington and Esperance Sutton, Iona Harris, Leah Land, Jacqueline Dorsey and Juanita DeBellotte, all of Baltimore; a brother, Gary Land of Chester; three sisters, Hazel Smith of Union, S.C., Portia Elder of Atlanta and Ruth Land of New York City; and 23 grandchildren.

Sgt. Maj. R.S. Ramer

Guard-Army liaison

Retired Sgt. Maj. Robert S. Ramer, a liaison between the National Guard and Army educational and training units and commands, died Sunday of cancer at a hospital in Lancaster, Pa.

Sergeant Ramer began his military career in the Army during the occupation of Japan in the 1940s.

He returned to his native Allentown, Pa., where he did factory work. He joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1954 and remained on active duty until his retirement in 1987 from the Army Ordnance Center and School at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

He moved to the Lancaster area where he was a civilian administrative supply technician for the Guard, and first sergeant in the headquarters company of a medical unit.

In 1973, he was selected to attend the Army's Sergeant Major Academy. From 1979 until 1983, he had been noncommissioned officer coordinator for the Military Education Branch of the National Guard Bureau, at the Edgewood area of Aberdeen. He had also been stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and at Fort Monroe, Va.

He was a life member and certified instructor in the National Rifle Association.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Gundel Funeral Home in Lancaster.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Janet G. Knauss; five sons, Robert S. Ramer Jr. of Lancaster, Thomas P. Ramer of Lititz, Pa., Edward A. Ramer of Dover Air Force Base, Del., David W. Ramer of Fort Hood, Texas, and Jeffrey G. Ramer of Jarrettsville; a daughter, Nancy K. Kotlowski of Bel Air; a sister, Ruth E. Shelly of Kutztown, Pa.;

a brother, Charles P. Ramer of Emmaus, Pa.; and 11 grandchildren.

Margaret McCormick

Former office worker

Margaret M. McCormick, a native of Baltimore, died Saturday at her home in Hopewell, Va., of complications of a stroke. She was 76.

She moved to Virginia in the late 1940s after doing office work in Baltimore and, during World War II, for the Army at Fort Meade.

The former Margaret M. Sheehan was a 1935 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Hopewell. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the New Cathedral Cemetery, 4300 Old Frederick Road in Baltimore.

Mrs. McCormick is survived by her husband of 52 years, Joseph F. McCormick; three sons, John F. McCormick of Charleston, W.Va., Joseph F. McCormick Jr. of Columbia and Thomas G. McCormick of Pittsburgh; a sister, Ann Sheehan of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

John J. Northrop Sr.

ADM executive

A memorial service for John J. "Jack" Northrop Sr., an executive of the Archer Daniels Midland Milling Co., is to be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Bernadette, 801 Stevenson Road in Severn.

He was 63 and lived in Laurel and Millersville before being transferred 10 years ago to the company's offices in Hudson, N.Y. He lived in West Ghent, N.Y.

He died Feb. 11 of a pulmonary embolism at a hospital in Albany, N.Y.

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