Clyde H. HastingsPlumber, scoutmasterClyde H. Hastings, a...

March 09, 1994

Clyde H. Hastings

Plumber, scoutmaster

Clyde H. Hastings, a plumber who was active in scouting and coached youth athletic teams, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Finksburg. He was 52.

He was active in scouting for more than 20 years and had been scoutmaster of Troop No. 315 at Reisterstown United Methodist Church.

He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for scouting and in 1993 was given the Outstanding Baltimore County Youth Award. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow and coached basketball, soccer and Little League teams in the Reisterstown area.

"He was youth-oriented and loved working with kids," said his wife, the former Gloria Sturm, whom he married in 1981.

Born and reared in Glyndon, Mr. Hastings graduated from Franklin High School in 1957 and went to work as a plumber for Wilkie & Sons. At the time of his death, he was a foreman for M. Nelson Barnes and Sons Inc., a Cockeysville plumbing firm.

He was an Army artilleryman in Germany from 1961 to 1963 and served briefly in the National Guard.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, with interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Finksburg.

Other survivors include a son, Clyde "Kit" Hastings Jr. of Timonium; two step-children, James G. Miller of Los Angeles and Julie M. Girard of Pikesville; a sister, Hazel Mays of Owings Mills; and a grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025. Helen E. Rinehart, who was a teacher in four Maryland public school systems and a devoted member of the Church of the Brethren, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at the Brethren Home in New Oxford, Pa. She was 92.

She retired in the 1960s as a teacher at West Friendship Elementary School in Howard County, where she had also taught at Savage and Scaggsville elementary schools.

She began teaching in 1922 at Randallstown Elementary School in Baltimore County and later taught at Meadow Branch Elementary School near Westminster in Carroll County, which she attended as a child, and at Foxville Elementary School in Frederick County.

The former Helen E. Roop was a native of the Meadow Branch area. She was a 1922 graduate of Western Maryland College where she majored in chemistry and later did graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Maryland, where she earned a master's degree.

She was a life member of the Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren where she taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school classes. She also participated in the home visitation program and helped to promote the church's national publication, the Messenger.

She had also been a volunteer and contributor to the Frank Laubach Literacy Council, the Flat Creek Mission in Kentucky and Camps Farthest Out.

She was a member of the Howard County Teachers Association, the Maryland State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. She had also been a member of the Carroll County Farm Bureau and its Westminster No. 1 Planning Group, and was a founder of the Westminster Consumer's Co-Op.

Her husband, Harry I. Rinehart, died in 1973.

Services were planned for 11 a.m. today at the Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren, 818 Old Taneytown Road, Westminster.

l,.5l She is survived by three daughters, Ethel R. Bohn of Arbutus, Joyce R. Fowler of Springfield, Pa., and Joan R. Metcalf of Westminster; two sons, Harry I. Rinehart Jr. of Vienna, and Robert C. Rinehart of Ellicott City; two sisters, Ethel A. Roop of Westminster and Ruth Rinehart Roth of Loysville, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to the Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren or the Brethren Home in New Oxford.

John J. Bezilla

Postal deliveryman

John J. Bezilla, a retired U.S. Postal Service special deliveryman, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Fells Point. He was 69.

He retired in 1987 after working for the Postal Service in Baltimore since the mid-1960s. Earlier, he was a deputy sheriff in Los Angeles and operated a farm in Smyrna Mills, Maine.

Born in Searight, Pa., and reared in New York City, he served in the Army during World War II in Italy, southern France and Germany. His decorations included the Combat Infantryman's Badge and a Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, 700 S. Ann St. in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rose Lewandowski; seven sons, Steven Bezilla and Christopher Bezilla, both of Baltimore, Michael Bezilla and John J. Bezilla Jr., both of Kenai, Alaska, Charles Bezilla of San Diego, Thomas Bezilla of Stamford, Conn., and Paul Bezilla of Anchorage, Alaska; five daughters, Dianne Guthridge of Parkton, Lorraine Munafo of Shawan, Rosemarie McCafferty of Baltimore, Michelle Rice of Kasilof, Alaska, and Janine Szabad of Bel Air; a brother, Andrew Bezilla of Baltimore; 20 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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