Kenneth L. UppercueAdvertising executiveKenneth L...


May 22, 1993

Kenneth L. Uppercue

Advertising executive

Kenneth L. Uppercue, retired president of a direct mail advertising company, died May 5 of cancer at the home of his son in Hagerstown. He was 77.

Mr. Uppercue had moved to Hanover, Pa., from Lochearn after his retirement in 1985.

He started working for the D. Stuart Webb Advertising Co. before World War II and retired as its president.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of City College, he served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II as a master ser- geant.

He was a member of the Washington Lodge of the Masons in Baltimore and the Elks Lodge in Hanover.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home in Hagerstown.

He is survived by his son, Kenneth L. Uppercue Jr. of Hagerstown; a sister, Miriam Culbertson of Catonsville; and many nieces and nephews.

Edna R. Shropshire

Purchasing director

Edna R. Shropshire, retired director of purchasing for the Maryland Casualty Co., died Monday at Church Hospital after a heart attack. She was 63.

Miss Shropshire, who lived on East Avenue, retired a year ago after a decade as a purchasing director at the insurance company. Earlier, she had been vice president of Ginn's Office Supplies.

The native of Leaksville, N.C., was a former president of the local chapter of Executive Women International and a member of its board. She was also a member of the executive committee of the Baltimore Symphony Decorators Show House.

A memorial service was conducted Thursday at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran United Church of Christ in Rosedale.

She is survived by two sisters, Anne King of Baltimore and Bessie Neason of Pasadena, Texas; and a brother, B. F. Shropshire of Pittsboro, N.C.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Maryland Food Bank.

Miriam P. Whitten


Miriam P. Whitten, who had been a librarian and substitute teacher in Baltimore County, died Thursday of heart failure at a hospital in Wilmington, Del. She was 81.

Mrs. Whitten moved from Rodgers Forge to a retirement home in Wilmington after the death in 1991 of her husband, David Guy Whitten, retired regional manager for the Washington National Insurance Company.

She had worked at the Cockeysville Library in the 1970s and as a substitute teacher in Baltimore County after moving to Rodgers Forge in 1951.

She had taught in Washington in the 1930s and in Montgomery County in the 1940s.

The former Miriam Price was a native of Washington and a graduate in 1932 of the Wilson Teachers College there.

She did graduate work at the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University.

She had enjoyed travel in Europe and was an avid reader of biographies. She was a member of the Rodgers Forge Book Review Group and the Woman's Club of Rodgers Forge.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue in Baltimore.

She is survived by two sons, David G. Whitten of Rochester, N.Y., and Richard G. Whitten of Wilmington; a daughter, Rilla M.

Whitten of Rising Sun; and five grandchildren.

Walter G. Gabler

Harford restaurateur

Walter G. Gabler, whose family has operated a crab house and seafood restaurant in Harford County for many years, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Perry- man.

He was 79 and had retired last fall. He operated Gabler's Shore Restaurant on the Bush River near Aberdeen for about 20 years. The restaurant, open from April until September, was started by his parents in 1936 and is now run by his wife and children.

Known as Bud, he was a native of Joppa, and served in Europe with the Army during World War II.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Mr. Gabler is survived by his wife, the former Irene Parris; a son, George Gabler II of Newark, Ohio; two daughters, Jean Marie Harkins of Perryman and Natalie E. Kelbaugh of Harrington, Del.; a brother, Mickey Gabler of Monkton; three sisters, Helen E. Simms of Glen Arm, Thelma Doran of Annapolis and Edith Coppersmith of Aberdeen; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Dr. Melvin F. Polek

Mercy Hospital physician

Dr. Melvin F. Polek, a retired physician who had been on the staff of Mercy Hospital and had maintained a general practice on Belair Road in Northeast Baltimore for 35 years, died Thursday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was 79.

Dr. Polek lived on Purlington Way in Homeland. He was injured in an automobile accident Tuesday at Northern Parkway and St. Albans Way near his home.

He retired in 1983. He was a member of the Baltimore City Medical Society, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the American Medical Association.

During World War II, he served in the Army Medical Corps in Europe and performed an emergency appendectomy with makeshift equipment aboard a troopship.

Early in his career, he had been been a staff doctor at the House of Correction.

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