Sven Y. OlssonWestinghouse engineerSven Y. Olsson, a...


September 20, 1993

Sven Y. Olsson

Westinghouse engineer

Sven Y. Olsson, a retired Westinghouse engineer, died Sept. 10 of kidney failure at Liberty Medical Hospital. He was 84.

Mr. Olsson, who lived in West Baltimore, worked for Westinghouse for 35 years before retiring in 1974. His wife, the former Adele Donna Burton, died in 1984.

The Olssons loved to go to the racetrack and watch the horses. Mr. Olsson also was active in the Fairmount Neighborhood Association.

He was meticulous about maintaining his duplex house, where he and his wife had lived since 1952. He previously lived in Springfield, Mass.

A native of Sweden, he moved to the United States with his family when he was 12 years old.

He became a U.S. citizen in 1936.

His friend of 35 years, Jocelyn Garlington, described him as a man who voted every election year and loved to talk about politics, which he followed through the newspapers and television with zeal.

"He was very excited about the change in administration, it turning Democratic again," she said. "He was a good friend and neighbor, and he will be missed."

Mr. Olsson held an honorary lifetime membership to the International Union of Electrical Radio and Machine Workers.

Private services were held Friday in Baltimore.

He is survived by a sister, Svea Greene of Fort Collins, Colo.; a brother, Karl Olsson of California; and two nieces.

E. B. Stephens Sr.

Welder played softball

Edward B. Stephens Sr., a retired welder who had played semiprofessional softball with local teams, died of lung cancer Saturday at his home in Glen Burnie.

He was 76.

"He started playing ball as a teen-ager and kept at it for about 35 years," said Elsie M. Stephens, his wife of 54 years. "He was a real dedicated player, always played at third base."

He used to play sandlot ball until several semi-pro teams, including George's, Overnite Trucking and Trenton's, invited him to join them, she said.

"When he played for George's, the team won the 1938 state championship," she said.

Mr. Stephens retired in 1981 after 40 years with the Anchor Motor Freight Co., where he was a welder and a member of the Teamsters Union Local 557. He enjoyed bowling, bird-watching and vegetable gardening.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., S.W., Glen Burnie.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Stephens is survived by three sons, Edward B. Stephens Jr. and William S. Stephens, both of Glen Burnie, and Gary P. Stephens of Hagerstown; a daughter, Patricia G. Trenton of Pasadena; two sisters, Mildred Keil of Pasadena and Ann Birely of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth C. Hagner

Fire auxiliary president

Elizabeth C. Hagner, a longtime member of several volunteer fire companies and former president of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary, died Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage.

She was 78.

Mrs. Hagner and her first husband, Walter A. Thompson, founded the English Consul Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore Highlands. She was the first president of its Ladies Auxiliary.

"She and my father became interested in volunteering years ago," said Mrs. Hagner's daughter, Gloria Jones.

"She kept up that interest her whole life," she said.

After Mr. Thompson's death in 1966, she married Melvin J. Hagner. They started a fire company in Stevensville in Queen Anne's County. Mr. Hagner died in 1983.

Until her retirement in 1977, Mrs. Hagner worked in the cafeteria of Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis. Earlier, she had worked for the J. E. Smith Box Co. in Baltimore.

She was an avid bingo player and a member of the 50+ Club of Kent Island.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tom Helfenbein Funeral Home in Chester.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Hagner is survived by a stepson, Melvin J. Hagner Jr., an Anne Arundel County firefighter who also volunteers with Stevensville fire company; four stepdaughters, Joan Roloson, Dorothy L. Montemayor, Melva A. Rogers and Ethel A. Pardoe, all of Pasadena; two sisters, Anna Mae Kilmeyer of Baltimore and Margaret Martin of Stevensville; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family requests memorial contributions to the United Community Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary in Stevensville.

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