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March 07, 1994

Albert J. Juskus

Founded radio show

Albert J. Juskus, retired chief of maintenance of the Baltimore City Fire Department and co-founder of the weekly "Lithuanian Melody Time" radio show, died Friday of complications from diabetes at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 73 and lived on Wilmslow Road.

Mr. Juskus retired in 1979 after 30 years with the fire department. Earlier, he worked for two years as a machinist for Maryland Drydock Co.

His great love and avocation was his Lithuanian heritage and the local festivals and church activities that celebrated it. Most prominent among them was the "Melody Time" radio show, which he helped start in 1948, and which airs at 10:30 a.m. Sundays on WBMD.

Although the show has been broadcast on six local radio stations over the years, its content has remained focused on the Lithuanian culture, community and local activities. Mr. Juskus retired from broadcasting in 1991.

"He was a keystone in the Lithuanian community," said his son Robert W. Juskus. "He was devoted to gathering support of those interested in freeing Lithuania from the Iron Curtain."

Relatives also remembered Mr. Juskus as having a strong sense of humor with a fondness for practical jokes and as a handyman who could fix anything in his home.

"He wouldn't go out and buy anything," said his son Edward J. Juskus. "If something was broken he would take it apart and fix it, even though he had never fixed it before. He remodeled his whole house by himself and built the garage."

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Juskus was raised in Roland Park and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1938.

While in school, he participated in football, track and boxing. During his senior year, he won the championship boxing in the 158-pound weight class at Poly.

After graduation, he joined the Navy, serving on a minesweeper in the Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Juskus left the Navy after the war with the rank of motor machinist mate second-class. He married the former Elizabeth C. Prebis upon his discharge. She died in 1973.

Mr. Juskus began his city fire department career as a machinist in 1949. The weekly Lithuanian radio show began Jan. 11, 1948, with Mr. Juskus and Juozas Ruzga as announcers.

A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, 114 W. Saratoga St.

In addition to his sons, both of Baltimore, Mr. Juskus is survived by his wife of nearly 19 years, the former Angela C. Tarauskas; two daughters, Nancy L. Godwin of Baltimore and Mary Jean Topping of Snow Hill; a sister, Helen Navickas of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the Lithuanian Foundation Inc., 14911 127th St., Lemont, Ill. Earlie M. Hall, a retired maintenance supervisor for an electronics manufacturer, died Feb. 27 at the Northwest Hospital Center of complications after surgery. He was 71.

The Westminster resident retired in 1988 from National Circuits Inc., where he had worked for 16 years. For 15 years before that, he had worked at the Bendix Communications Division in Towson.

A native of Comers Rock, Va., he came to the Baltimore area as a young man and worked at a distillery before and after serving in the Army during World War II.

He was a member of the Westminster Moose Lodge and the Antique Motor Car Club of Greater Baltimore. He had restored four Corvettes from the 1960s and 1970s and kept two of them.

Services were held Wednesday at the Eline Funeral Home in Reisterstown.

Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, the former Naomi S. Daniels; a son, James E. Hall of Reisterstown; two stepsons, Larry Small of Melfa, Va., and James Small of Gettysburg, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Moreland of Finksburg; two sisters, Ruby Bourne of Galax, Va., and Edna Sheska of Harrisonburg, Va.; and nine grandchildren.

Robert B. Bell

Carpenter

Robert B. Bell, a carpenter, died Feb. 27 of respiratory failure at a motel in Westminster where he had spent the night after visiting friends. The Glen Burnie resident was 31.

He had worked three years for Sovereign Contracting Inc., and earlier worked for several companies as a cabinet installer.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Glen Burnie High School.

Services were held Thursday at the Singleton Funeral Home in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Bell is survived by his parents, Rosalie J. and Everett W. Bell Sr. of Glen Burnie; two brothers, E. Walter Bell of Essex and William S. Bell of Linthicum; two sisters, Elizabeth B. McGregor of Orrs Island, Maine, and Bonnie B. Palmer of Millersville; seven nephews and two nieces.

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