LeRoy E. Gerding Jr.Lawyer, church trusteeLeRoy E. Gerding...

January 03, 1994

LeRoy E. Gerding Jr.

Lawyer, church trustee

LeRoy E. Gerding Jr., a lawyer and church trustee who was a volunteer for the Baltimore Street Car Museum, died Wednesday of a cerebral hemorrhage at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 70.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Gerding was a 1940 graduate of City College. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Western Maryland College in 1947 and a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1954.

He practiced law with his father, LeRoy E. Gerding Sr., in the family's former home on Highland Avenue until the elder Mr. Gerding died in 1965. The younger Mr. Gerding continued the practice, most recently in Dundalk, with friend and associate J. Kenneth Ehlers.

Mr. Gerding served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 as a Lieutenant j.g., attached to the USS Mendocino as a group commander for personal invasion barges, participating in the invasion of Okinawa and the occupation of Japan.

He was a member of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church for more than 40 years, and the church "was his alter ego," said his brother, John Gerding.

Mr. Gerding was a member of the church board of trustees, as well as past chairman of its administrative board and past chairman of the Council of Ministries. He served on the committee on stewardship and finance and was a former lay member of the Baltimore Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Mr. Gerding did volunteer and archival work for the Street Car Museum, where he was a member.

His other interests included model railroading, photography and classical music.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Elise Dawson; his mother, Virginia Gerding Kentner; and his brother, John J. Gerding, all are of Baltimore.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Mount Vernon church, 10 E. Mount Vernon Place, with interment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

The family suggested donations to the Mount Vernon Church Radio Ministry.

John Christian Shaab

Avid outdoorsman

John Christian Shaab, a resident of Woodbine and an avid outdoorsman, died in a head-on collision Dec. 21 on Route 32 in Sykesville. He was 23.

He was a 1988 graduate of South Carroll High School and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1992.

Mr. Shaab, who was known to friends by his middle name, worked in the property title section of Household Bank in Hanover in the summer of 1991 and was offered a job with the bank when he graduated.

But as an avid outdoorsman, he wanted to work outdoors, so he chose to work as project manager for Altieri Homes, an Elkridge contractor, supervising construction crews.

He enjoyed surf fishing, fishing in area lakes and streams and hunting waterfowl. He also loved to surf on trips to Florida with friends, rode dirt bikes, and played softball, basketball and football on intramural teams at St. Mary's College.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered on Dec. 24 at the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, where Mr. Shaab was a member.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Jean McCulley of Woodbine; a sister, Katelyn McCulley also of Woodbine; his grandparents, Irvin and Mary Goshell of Ellicott City; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family suggested donations to the scholarship fund at St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City 20686. Carol Mae Fleece, a saleswoman at Sears in The Mall in Columbia, died of complications from leukemia Tuesday at Georgetown University Hospital. She was 47.

She was born Carol Mae Adey in Philadelphia and graduated from Yeadon High School in Yeadon, Pa. She married Richard J. Fleece Sr. in 1966 and moved to Columbia six years ago.

Mrs. Fleece participated in many activities involving her four children. She was a den mother for Cub Scout troops and worked with other youth clubs.

A funeral was to be held at 11 a.m. today at Witzke Funeral Home at 5555 Twin Knolls Road in Columbia.

Mrs. Fleece is survived by her husband; two sons, Richard J. Fleece Jr. and Randall Fleece; two daughters, Kimberly A. Fleece and Kelly Lynn Fleece, all of Columbia; her parents, John W. Adey Sr. and Eleanor Adey of Haverford, Pa.; two brothers, John W. Adey Jr. and Gregory G. Adey; and a sister, Barbara A. Adey.

The family asks that memorial contributions be sent to The Leukemia Society of America, 200 E. Joppa Road, Towson 21286.

Fentress Clay Ayres

USF&G executive

Fentress Clay Ayres, a retired assistant vice president of the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co., died of pneumonia Dec. 22 at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Mr. Ayres, who was 96, went to work for USF&G in 1914 as an office clerk and retired in 1963 as assistant vice president of the FTC fidelity and surety department.

He held many other positions over the years, including fidelity manager and assistant secretary, and traveled frequently, visiting the firm's branch offices where he addressed agents, employees and students of the insurance industry.

In 1954, he led a seminar at the University of Florida at Jacksonville on fidelity insurance.

During World War II he served in the Army as a private.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Ayres attended Baltimore City College, graduating in 1914. He was a longtime resident of Roland Park.

Mr. Ayres enjoyed golfing and thoroughbred horse racing.

In the 1960s, he was listed in "Who's Who in Insurance."

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Sophie Schwartz.

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