Rev. John HickeySt. Margaret deaconThe Rev. John William...


November 15, 1993

Rev. John Hickey

St. Margaret deacon

The Rev. John William Joseph "Jack" Hickey, deacon at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Bel Air, died Thursday at Fallston Hospital of complications related to heart surgery. He was 68.

Ordained into the Holy Orders of the Deaconate in July 1973, Mr. Hickey was a member of one of the first classes of married deacons in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

His service to his church and community ranged from aiding Bel Air senior citizens to playing St. Nicholas for the children in his parish. He was active throughout the Archdiocese in his ministry.

Mr. Hickey had said he wanted to be remembered for his ministry and devotion to family, said his son, John Bernard Hickey of Jarrettsville.

A New York City native who came to Maryland in the 1950s when he joined the Army, Mr. Hickey was educated at Good Sheppard Parochial School and Power Memorial Academy in New York.

He studied at the Paulist Juniorate at St. Charles College Seminary in Catonsville and at the Oblate Mary Immaculate Seminary in Ipswich, Mass. He earned a bachelor's degree in English and Greek from Loyola College.

Mr. Hickey served St. Margaret Church and the Harford County community in several roles, including chaplain to the Legion of Mary, the Knights of Columbus Council 4714 and the Catholic Chapel at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 39, and a former member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the Christian Family Conference Movements.

Mr. Hickey was especially active serving the Senior Housing Center in Bel Air and the Bel Air Nursing Home.

Though most people knew him as a deacon, he had made his living as an educational specialist for the Army Ordnance School in the Aberdeen Proving Ground Test and Evaluation Command. He entered the Army in 1950 and served on active duty and in the reserves during the Korean and Vietnam wars through 1965. He continued to work as an education specialist at Aberdeen as a civilian until he retired in 1982.

He also enjoyed traveling across the country and in Canada, visiting friends.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Anne Corinne Regan; six children, Anne H. Ober of Madonna, John Bernard Hickey of Jarrettsville, Robert Francis Xavier Hickey of Edgewood, and Patricia H. Ford, Kathleen H. Crisco and Joan H. Kelly, all of Bel Air; and 14 grandchildren. Earl H. Smith Jr., a college administrator in Illinois and California, died Friday at Stella Maris Hospice after a long illness. The Towson native was 54.

From 1974 to 1985, Mr. Smith was an associate director of financial aid at the University of Illinois.

In 1985, he became director of student affairs at the Stanford University School of Medicine and worked there four years. He lived in San Francisco during his tenure there and returned to Towson in 1989.

He attended Lida Lee Tall School at Towson State University and was a 1957 graduate of Towson High School. In 1961, he earned a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Mr. Smith enjoyed the opera and art and did some painting. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Towson.

Services are to be held at 10 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church of Towson, 40 E. Burke Ave.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Helen Smith of Towson; a brother, Ralph W. Smith of Millers; a sister, Bonnell S. Chambers of Trappe; and two nieces and a nephew.

Betty Gordon Asher

Paint store owner

Betty Gordon Asher, whose two Havre de Grace stores helped customers decorate homes both full size and miniature, died of heart disease Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 71.

Mrs. Asher, who had enjoyed good health most of her life, developed heart problems in July.

She and her husband, A. Donald Asher, opened Greenleaf Supply Co. paint store in 1949 and worked together there until she retired in 1989. She and a daughter operated The Doll House next door.

Mr. and Mrs. Asher had been sweethearts since they were at Havre de Grace High School, where they were in the class of 1939. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in June.

They shared many outdoor hobbies. They loved fishing, boating, trap shooting and other outdoor activities.

"She looked forward to warm weather in the spring, which meant spending time on the Delaware shore and its quiet tranquillity," said her daughter, Donna Mae Asher of Havre de Grace. "She loved nature and all God's creatures. She adored her pet dogs, Corky and Lady."

When Mr. Asher presented his wife with a Victorian dollhouse kit one year for Christmas, she fell in love with the hobby and wanted to share it with others, Ms. Asher said.

Ms. Asher and her mother opened The Doll House, a store that sells miniatures, in a building adjoining Greenleaf Supply in 1978. Mrs. Asher divided her time between the two stores. She would help customers choose paint and wallpaper in Greenleaf for their homes and decorate on a smaller scale in The Doll House.

She was a charter member of the Soroptimist International Club of Harford and Cecil counties.

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