Ruth D. HeidelbachAccountantRuth D. Heidelbach, an...

February 19, 1994

Ruth D. Heidelbach


Ruth D. Heidelbach, an accountant for the John Heidelbach Co. before the grocery chain closed in 1978, died Tuesday of heart failure at Bon Secours Hospital.

The Caton Manor Nursing Home resident was 91.

Born Ruth Deibel in Elkridge, she moved as a girl with her family to West Lanvale Street and attended city schools.

She worked in the early 1920s for Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland.

In 1925, she married B. Sidney Heidelbach Jr., the son of the founder of the John Heidelbach Co., which had stores in Catonsville and Roland Park. Her husband died in 1982.

During World War II, she was a civil defense airplane spotter and helped organize a swap shop at the Women's Club of Catonsville.

Mrs. Heidelbach enjoyed entertaining and cooking, was an avid bowler and enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay as a member of the West River Yacht Club.

She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, the Soroptimists of Catonsville and Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include a son, B. Sidney Heidelbach Jr. of Catonsville; a daughter, Ruth Ann Heidelbach of Laurel; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to Salem Lutheran Church, 905 Frederick Road, Catonsville 21228.

Services were held yesterday.

Helen F. Thompson


Helen F. Thompson, a Baltimore native who was active in church and volunteer work here and in Stamford, Conn., died Wednesday at Broadmead, the Cockeysville retirement community, after a stroke. She was 89.

Born Helen French, she attended Bryn Mawr School and Western High School in Baltimore before graduating with honors from Hollins College.

She moved to Broadmead 12 years ago from Stamford, where she had lived for 35 years. Her husband, Robert Bruce Thompson, a retired vice president of American Can Co. and a former manager of the Baltimore plant, died in 1970.

During World War II, Mrs. Thompson was a librarian at the Bendix Communication Division plant on Joppa Road in Towson and volunteered as a nurse's aide at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also volunteered with Planned Parenthood.

A former member of Govans Presbyterian Church, she became a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Stamford. She was a member of Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson after moving to Broadmead.

A memorial service was held yesterday in the auditorium at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet French Cramer of Marlboro, Vt.; and three granddaughters.

Bernard M. Matter

Machine tool executive

Bernard M. Matter, president of a company that sells machine tools and other equipment to the federal government, died Feb. 12 of cancer at his home in Columbia. He was 64.

Mr. Matter, who was born in Racine, Wis., had been associated with the Viereck Co. since moving to the Baltimore area in 1980. He was also a vice president for sales of its parent company, the Phillips Corp.

Earlier, he was a salesman for the Superior Die Set Co. of Oak Creek, Wis.

NB He attended the University of Wisconsin and served in the Army

Corps of Engineers at Fort Belvoir, Va., during the Korean War.

He was a member of the American Machine Tool Distributors Association, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Ventnor Yacht Club in Pasadena.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia.

He is survived by his wife, the former Diane M. Kaszolka; two sons, Randall Matter of Medford, Ore., and Gregg Matter of Olney; five daughters, Sandra Kinard of Antioch, Calif., Pamela Casciato of Portland, Ore., Julie Bannock of Escondido, Calif., Connie Matter of Temecula, Calif., and Diana Schaefer of Columbia; two brothers, Tom Matter of Racine and Dennis Matter of Longwood, Fla.; two sisters, Barbara Christoff of Racine and Marilyn Loomis of Green Bay, Wis., and nine grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Rosemarie Stonestreet


Rosemarie Stonestreet, who was a fencing champion as a young woman and continued to ride and play golf and tennis into her 70s, died Feb. 12 of Alzheimer's disease at the Bon Secours Extended Care Facility in Ellicott City. She was 85.

A longtime resident of Ellicott City and later Woodlawn, the former Rosemarie DiPaula graduated from Strayer Business College. She had worked in insurance company offices.

She fenced with the foil with a YWCA team and won the state women's championship from 1946 to 1949.

Also a horsewoman, she was president of the League of Maryland Horsemen in the early 1960s. She had been a member of the Ladies Golf Association and the Ladies Golf Club at the Pine Ridge Golf Course. She played tennis on public courts.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville.

She is survived by a son, Frank P. Nasco of Parkville; a daughter, Paula S. Bruncsak of Allentown, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

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