Eugene A. CurryNLRB directorEugene A. Curry, retired...

April 24, 1994

Eugene A. Curry

NLRB director

Eugene A. Curry, retired assistant regional director in the Baltimore office of the National Labor Relations Board, died March 30 of respiratory illness at a hospital in Vero Beach, Fla.

Mr. Curry, who was 81 and had been retired since 1975, lived in Severna Park for much of the time after joining the staff of the NLRB office in Baltimore in the early 1940s.

He spent 17 winters in Stuart, Fla., before moving to Vero Beach in November.

In Severna Park, he had served as trustee, church school superintendent and elder at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Born in Weehawken, N.J., he was a graduate of Drew University in Madison, N.J., and earned a master's degree at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. He later served as president of the Drew University Alumni Association.

He served as a member of the faculty and then as dean of Morris Junior College in Morristown, N.J., before moving to Baltimore.

A memorial service for Mr. Curry was held yesterday at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Lillie Martin; two sons, Lee Martin Curry of Annapolis and Richard Stull Curry of Severna Park; a brother, Burton L. Curry of Vero Beach, and four grandchildren.

Maurice E. Emswiler

Retired accountant

Maurice E. Emswiler, a native of Baltimore and a retired partner in the Hartford, Conn., office of the Ernst & Ernst accounting firm, died March 25 of complications of Parkinson's disease at his home in North Palm Beach, Fla.

Mr. Emswiler, who was 73, moved to Florida from Hartford after his retirement 15 years ago.

The certified public accountant began working for the firm, now known as Ernst and Young, in the late 1940s. He was sent to the Washington office in the mid-1950s and a short while later to Connecticut.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College and Loyola College.

He served in the Army Air Forces in a B-29 bomber crew in the Pacific during World War II.

A memorial Mass was offered yesterday in the chapel of Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Towson.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Marie E. Semon; four sons, William F. Emswiler of Fairfield, Conn., Joseph M. Emswiler of Baton Rouge, La., James P. Emswiler of Guilford, Conn., Barry J. Emswiler of Herndon, Va.; a sister, Dorothy Hargest of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Richard E. Berwager

Livestock dealer

Richard E. Berwager, a livestock dealer in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Manchester.

Mr. Berwager, 74, had for many years operated Berwager Livestock, a business started by his father.

The Manchester native was a graduate of the high school there.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester.

Services for Mr. Berwager were held yesterday at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Geraldine Yingling; two daughters, Deborah B. Trone of Hanover and Susan B. Law of Cockeysville; two stepdaughters, Brenda R. Wulforst of Hampstead and Beverly Kleindinst of Hanover; a stepson, Michael Richards of Hanover; two sisters, Mary Lord of Severna Park and Julia Berwager of Manchester, and three grandchildren.

Kathryn O. Peterka

Clerk-typist

Kathryn O. Peterka, who lived in Baltimore for 35 years before moving to Miami, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at the Adare Medical Center in Rockledge, Fla. She was 85 and had lived in Miami for 32 years.

Born in Galax, Va., she moved to Maryland as a young child. She graduated from Salisbury High School in 1926 and moved to Baltimore in 1927.

She went to work at Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., leaving eight years later to start a family.

She returned to outside employment at 47, simultaneously working three jobs: as a real estate agent at night, an insurance agent for The Home Insurance Co. at night, and as a clerk-typist at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service office in Baltimore on weekdays.

In 1962, she transferred to the Miami bureau of the INS and retired in 1976. After a stroke in March, she moved to Rockledge, Fla., to be near her daughter.

A memorial service was to be held today in Florida.

Mrs. Peterka is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Demmer, of Merritt Island, Fla.; a son, James Peterka, and two grandchildren, all of Annapolis.

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