John H. HorstLaundry executiveJohn H. Horst, who retired...


November 20, 1993

John H. Horst

Laundry executive

John H. Horst, who retired last year as chairman of the board of the Lord Baltimore Laundry Inc., died Tuesday of pneumonia at the Blakehurst Health Center in Towson. He was 86.

He and his late brother, Louis, took over the business that their father started in the early 1920s. They added dry cleaning and uniform rental subsidiaries.

He was a charter member and former president of the Baltimore Laundry Board of Trade, the first president of the Laundry-Dry Cleaning Institute of Baltimore, and a founder and former president of the Tri-State Launderers and Cleaners Association.

He joined the board of Franklin Square Hospital in 1958, before its move to Baltimore County, and was vice president and treasurer of the board before leaving it in 1985.

In 1959, he became a board member of the General German Aged Peoples Home, which now operates Edenwald. He held that post at his death.

For 39 years before the death of his brother in 1989, they owned adjacent farms on Kent Island -- Fair Prospect Farm and Bell Point Farm.

Born and reared in Highlandtown, he was a 1925 graduate of City College and a 1929 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he taught accounting for a time in the 1930s.

A memorial service was set for 10:30 a.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave. in Towson.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Evelyn White; a daughter, Jean H. Gore of Ruxton; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John H. Horst Jr. Memorial Fund at Gilman School, named for a son who died in 1981; or to the Johns Hopkins University Class of 1929 Scholarship Fund. George W. Kane, the retired owner of the Litsinger Sign Co., died Oct. 20 of complications of heart surgery at a hospital in Ormond Beach, Fla.

He was 79 and had moved to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., in 1979 after retiring as owner of the sign company that he had bought about 25 years earlier. About five years before that, he had started Modern Display Service, a window display and sign company.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Calvert Hall College and what now is Maryland Institute College of Art. He served in the Navy in Hawaii during World War II.

Before going into business for himself, he worked as a window dresser for Arundel Ice Cream Co. and Margolis Display Co.

His first wife, the former Dorothy Knoop, died in 1949. He later married the former Jeannette Smith, who survives him.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. today at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1375 Main St. in Hampstead.

Other survivors include a son, Patrick Kane of Daytona Shores, Fla.; two daughters, Julia Merriken of Baltimore and Doris Evashko of Parkton; two sisters, Thelma K. Pfeiffer of Wiltondale and Josephine K. Asendorf of Ellicott City; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Dorothy K. Perkins

Active in women's groups

Dorothy Keith Perkins, who was active in women's groups, died Thursday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Corsica Hills in Centrevile of complications after surgery. She was 86.

The former Dorothy Keith was a native of Centreville and a 1929 graduate of Centreville High School. She was the first Queen Anne's County Farm Queen in 1931.

More recently, she was active in the Churchwomen of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Centreville Woman's Club.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at St. Paul's Church, Centreville.

She is survived by her husband, Louis Hunter Perkins; a son, John L. Perkins of Centreville; two daughters, Dorothy Kay Perkins of Baltimore and Ellen Anderson of Kokomo, Ind.; two brothers, J. William Keith of Rockville and Ronald L. Keith of Severna Park; a sister, Mary Bishop Jukes of Easton; and a


Memorial contributions may be made to the Goodwill Fire Company in Centreville.

Stephen M. Schaefer

Air Force staff sergeant

Air Force Staff Sgt. Stephen M. Schaefer, a native of Baltimore and an expert on aircraft fuel, died Nov. 11 of brain cancer at his home in Durango, Colo.

Sergeant Schaefer, who was 31, had been stationed in Germany and, during the Persian Gulf war, in Turkey. He returned to this country in 1991.

He graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in 1981 and attended Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., until 1983, when he joined the Air Force.

Later, he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial technology in a Southern Illinois University program while he was stationed in Germany.

A memorial Mass was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Ascension, Potomac and Poplar avenues in Halethorpe.

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