Nina Grai ThomasMagazine researcherNina Grai Thomas, a...


April 22, 1993

Nina Grai Thomas

Magazine researcher

Nina Grai Thomas, a retired researcher for House & Garden magazine, died April 11 at Sinai Hospital of congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Thomas, 83, lived in Hanover Square Apartments since 1980, the year after her retirement from the New York-based magazine.

The former Nina Grai was a native of New Martinsville, W.Va., who lived in Scarsdale, N.Y., before the death of her husband of 22 years, Berkley Allen Thomas, in 1952.

She had been a Red Cross volunteer and headed the Woman's Club of Scarsdale while living in that city. After her husband's death, she moved to New York City, where she began working for the magazine.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Sokka Gakai International, 2031 Maryland Ave., Baltimore, a Nicheren Shoshu Buddhist community center.

She is survived by a son, Berkley Allen Thomas Jr. of Baltimore.

Donald F. Hampton

Machine operator

Donald F. Hampton, a retired machine operator for a manufacturer of gift boxes, died Sunday of heart failure at his home in Ferndale. He was 64.

He retired in 1991 after working for three years for J. E. Smith Inc. and for 30 years before that for Gordon Cartons Inc. The South Baltimore native was fond of flower and vegetable gardening and making models of furniture and other objects from ice cream sticks.

Services for Mr. Hampton were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W. in Glen Burnie.

He is survived by two brothers, James M. Hampton and Clarence G. Hampton, both of Ferndale; three sisters, Ruth Woody of Glen Burnie, Joyce Buttner of Riviera Beach and Charlotte Barcroft of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

John M. Swanke

Owner of welding firm

John M. Swanke, owner of the Western Welding Co., died Monday of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital.

The 67-year-old Severna Park resident had been a partner in the company for many years.

The Baltimore native attended the Polytechnic Institute and served in the Navy in World War II. He was a member of the Dewey Lowman Post of the American Legion and the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Moose.

Services were to be held at 9 a.m. today at Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 20 years, the former Patricia A. Bildstein; three sons, Timothy M. Swanke and John M. Klipsch of Pasadena, and Terry M. Swanke of Arbutus; two daughters, Michelle M. Vallow of Denver and Cynthia A. Hinnant of Atlanta; his mother, Hilda Marie Swanke of Arnold; a brother, Henry Willis Swanke Sr. of Arnold; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

William J. Murdock

Sergeant, postal worker

William J. Murdock, a retired Army master sergeant and postal service maintenance worker, died Sunday of heart failure at his home in Glen Burnie. He was 64.

He retired in 1990 after working at the Severn branch of the U.S. Postal Service for about 10 years. He retired from the Army in 1973 after 23 years that included service in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The native of Bonlee, N.C., settled in Anne Arundel County in 1967, living for several years at Fort Meade before moving to Glen Burnie.

His wife, the former Leomia Glover, died last year.

Services for Mr. Murdock were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., in Glen Burnie.

He is survived by a son, William Murdock Jr. of Pasadena; two daughters, Juanita Milani and Debra Murdock, both of Glen Burnie; his mother, Odelia Murdock of Bonlee; two brothers, Eugene Murdock of Philadelphia and Irving Murdock of Bonlee; and a granddaughter.

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