Joseph D. CedroneActor, contractorJoseph D. Cedrone, an...

April 09, 1994

Joseph D. Cedrone

Actor, contractor

Joseph D. Cedrone, an actor, contractor and former steel worker, died April 2 of a stroke at his Anneslie residence. He was 82.

He was a member of the Joventus Players, who performed at Ford's Theater, and the Vagabonds. In the latter group, he acted with Garry Moore, who became a radio and television personality, and Charles Marquis, who produced the "Gunsmoke" television series.

In 1938, he co-founded the Hilltop Summer Theater in Ellicott City.

After working briefly in New York's Cherry Lane Theater, he was inducted into the Army during World War II. He graduated from Officers Training School as a second lieutenant. After duty in the infantry, he was an instructor in camouflage for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Army Air Corps.

After being discharged in 1946, he returned to Baltimore, gave up acting and was an independent contractor until 1960, when he went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, where he was in charge of maintenance of the coke ovens. He retired in 1980.

"He was a stonemason, an extraordinary electrician and carpenter -- he really was a man of all trades," recalled his brother Louis R. Cedrone Jr. of Lutherville, retired Evening Sun film critic.

Joseph Cedrone was born in San Donato, Italy, in 1912. His family immigrated to the United States in 1914. He grew up on Granby Street in East Baltimore and attended city schools.

Other survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Louise Marziale of Baltimore; a son, Daniel Cedrone of Bel Air; a daughter, Coral C. Bell of Rockville; another brother, Henry Cedrone; four sisters, Anne Dodson, Constance Peddicord, Philomena Forgione and Lucile Cedrone, all of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday. Kathryn Hairston Bert, a Social Security Administration claims examiner, was killed March 31 in an automobile accident at Crosby and Rolling roads near her Catonsville home.

Mrs. Bert, who was 50, was also a human relations trainer at the federal agency in Woodlawn. She had been a federal employee for about 34 years, first working at the Internal Revenue Service.

She was also director of the Real Estate Academy at Century 21 Home Specialists, a Woodlawn real estate brokerage in which her sister is a partner.

Born Kathryn Hairston in Baltimore, she graduated from Douglass High School and, in 1975, from Morgan State University.

Survivors include her husband, Colbert D. Bert; a son, Kevin D. Bert of Catonsville; a daughter, Anita L. Bert of Catonsville; her mother, Augusta Hairston Talbott of Baltimore; a brother, Harold Hairston-Ridgley of Atlanta; and a sister, Nancy Hairston Ware of Baltimore.

Services were held Wednesday .

Allen R. Anderson

Army colonel

Retired Army Lt. Col. Allen R. Anderson, who had lived in Severn since 1986, died March 24 of a respiratory disease at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was 75.

Colonel Anderson retired in 1969 after serving in the Army since 1941. He saw action in North Africa, Italy and Germany during World War II, and in the Korean War. His decorations included the Bronze Star with Combat V and Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds he suffered in World War II.

During retirement, he lived at St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he was public safety commissioner for a short time and a high school teacher for about 10 years.

Born in Martinsburg, W.Va., he graduated with honors from Howard University in 1941. He later studied at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Bari in Italy.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ada Bough; a daughter, Kirsten Ursin Galiber of Severn; a son, Kaj Ursin Anderson of Beloit, Wis.; and two grandsons.

Services were held March 31.

Joseph E. Gillespie

Bakery distributor

Joseph E. Gillespie, a former distributor of bakery products who lived in Fallston for 25 years before retiring and moving to Lewes, Del., seven years ago, died at his home March 11 of emphysema. He was 79.

The Baltimore native graduated from the Polytechnic Institute.

In 1983, he won a statewide tenpin bowling tournament.

His wife, the former Sophia Diem, died in 1993.

A memorial service was planned for 3 p.m. today at the Parsell, Atkins & Lodge Funeral Home in Lewes.

Mr. Gillespie is survived by a son, William J. Gillespie of Brookfield, Conn; a sister, Anna B. Sims of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, Georgetown, Del.

Bernice A. Phillips

Retired teacher

Bernice Avalin Phillips, a retired Baltimore County teacher, died Friday of cancer at the Caton Manor Nursing Center. She was 78 and lived on Rolling Road in Relay.

She retired in 1979 after teaching in southwest county schools since 1954, first at Relay Elementary School, then at Halethorpe Elementary, then at Hillcrest Elementary.

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