Juanita BarnesBuilding managerServices for Juanita Barnes...


October 29, 1993

Juanita Barnes

Building manager

Services for Juanita Barnes, a veteran Baltimore school building manager killed in a flash fire Sunday at Westport Elementary School, are to be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Faith Baptist Church, at Bond Street and Ashland Avenue.

Mrs. Barnes, 52, was one of three workers who died as a result of the fire, which started when a solvent being used to strip a gymnasium floor burst into flames.

Born in Estill, Miss., the former Juanita Ivory moved to Baltimore with her family as a young child.

She was married in 1956 to James Barnes Jr., owner of a construction business, who died in 1978. As a widow, she reared six children, held a job and earned a college degree.

Mrs. Barnes went to work for the city in 1969 as a school custodian. In 1986, she was promoted to building operations area supervisor.

Over the years, she expanded her education and skills, earned her high school equivalency in 1969 and received an associate in arts degree from the Community College of Baltimore in building engineering.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Barnes was an education building manager, a job to which she was appointed in 1989. She was a member of the City Union of Baltimore.

She was a member of Faith Baptist Church and its Sick Committee and Flower Circle. The family suggested memorial donations to the church.

Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Gray and Michelle L. Barnes, both of Baltimore; three of her four sons, Joseph Barnes, Douglas Barnes and James F. Barnes, all of Baltimore; three sisters, Marguerite Washington of Saginaw, Mich., and Ada L. Ivory and Beatrice Summers, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Andy Ivory and Arthur Ivory, both of Baltimore; a close cousin, Sue Thomas, also of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. F. C. van Reuth, a retired supervisor at the Western Electric Co. and a longtime ham radio operator, died Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital after a stroke. He was 95.

Mr. van Reuth, who lived on Echodale Avenue in Hamilton, retired about 30 years ago from the telephone equipment manufacturing company where he began working in the 1930s. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Before and during World War I, he was a radio operator aboard merchant ships. After the war, he worked as a radio operator in Puerto Rico.

He continued his interest in radio as a ham operator with the call letters W3CBP. He was a member for 50 years of the American Radio Relay League and was cited in 1990 for having been active for 75 years in the Quarter Century Wireless Association.

A descendant of Edward Felix van Reuth, a painter, Floris Charles van Reuth was born in Baltimore, where his family owned property in the Hamilton area for many years.

Educated at the Garrett Heights Elementary School, he went to sea at the age of 16.

He was a member of the Union Lodge of the Masons.

His wife, the former Muriel Booth, died in 1978.

A memorial service for Mr. van Reuth will be held at noon today at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 5801 Harford Road.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia van R. Gemmell of Towson and Margy van R. Goode of Timonium; a sister, Katherine Stoler of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; two brothers, Edward F. van Reuth of Baltimore and Arthur G. van Reuth of Ruxton; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Charles C. Schreiber, a retired firefighter of many years' service who had been chief of the Marley Volunteer Fire Department before joining the Anne Arundel County department, died Tuesday of cancer at the North Arundel Hospital. He was 85.

The Glen Burnie resident retired nearly 25 years ago as a full-time county firefighter. Earlier, he had been a longshoreman and served as a Marley volunteer firefighter for 27 years.

In addition to being the Marley volunteers' chief, he had been an ambulance driver for the organization.

He received several commendations and was named Fireman of the Year more than once during his long fire service in the county.

Known as Buck, the Baltimore native was educated at the Francis Scott Key Elementary School.

He was a member of the Marley United Methodist Church, the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Masons and the Arundel Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Crossword puzzles replaced camping and woodworking among his hobbies as he got older, but he remained interested in firefighting until his death, listening regularly to the Fire Department radio.

Services for Mr. Schreiber will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave., S.W., in Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Hertha E. Schmidt, who is known as Ethel; a daughter, Alberta Pumphrey of Glen Burnie; a brother, Harry Schreiber, also of Glen Burnie; a sister, Amelia Kalle of Gretna, La.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Michael J. Volk

Government worker

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