Jessie C. G. S. WellsCook and nurseJessie Calvin Grinnage...

April 28, 1994

Jessie C. G. S. Wells

Cook and nurse

Jessie Calvin Grinnage Smith Wells, who had been a cook and practical nurse and was active in church groups, died Friday of heart failure at her home on Gwynns Falls Parkway. She was 95.

She was a cook in homes in Baltimore and on Gibson Island as a young woman and later was a private-duty practical nurse. In the early 1940s, she cared for children for the Family and Children's Society.

She was born Jessie Calvin Grinnage in Baltimore and was educated in public schools, including what is now Douglass High School.

After going to work, she returned to Douglass to take a night course in practical nursing. She also studied at the old Good Shepherd Hospital on Gilmor Street and took courses sponsored by the Red Cross during World War II.

Originally a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, she joined St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1923. There, she taught Sunday school, was an adult leader of the junior choir, an officer or member of several missionary groups and secretary of the finance committee. She was also a member of the senior steward board, treasurer of the stewardess board, church clerk and president of the Pulpit Aid Club.

In 1976, she was named Church Woman of the Year.

She also was a member of several social groups, including the Sweet Beulah and Guiding Star units of the Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, the Great Southern Temple of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, the grand United Order of Odd Fellows and chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her marriage to James E. Smith ended in divorce. Her second husband, Charles E. Wells, died in 1982 after 39 years of marriage.

Services were planned for noon today at St. John AME Church, 810 N. Carrollton Ave, Baltimore.

She is survived by a stepson, Charles N. Wells of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Ella Wells of Baltimore; two nieces, Katie E. Johnson of Baltimore and Geraldine White of Philadelphia; three nephews, Paul and Nathaniel Stanley and Clarence Grinnage, all of Baltimore; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Kermit E. Berg, who as an Army musician participated in some of the storied events of World War II, died Tuesday at Franklin Square Hospital after a heart attack. He was 77 and lived in Overlea.

Mr. Berg, who played the clarinet, saxophone and oboe, joined the Army in 1941. As a member of the Second Armored Division band, he took part in the North African campaign, the D-Day BTC invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.

"His band played for Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Harry Truman and in Berlin when the American flag was raised over the city," his wife of 42 years, the former Mary Virginia Dayton, said. "He was so proud of that."

After he was discharged in 1945, he returned to Celanese Corp. in Cumberland where he had begun working in 1937. In 1953, he moved to Baltimore and worked for two years assembling airplanes at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. He then went to work in the mechanical department at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant and retired in 1980.

"He loved big-band music and, after retiring, played with the Essex Community Band and the Middle River Marching Band," his wife said.

He was a member of Kenwood Presbyterian Church.

Services were planned for 11 a.m. today at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road, Overlea.

Other survivors include a son, Dennis E. Berg; and a daughter, Lois A. Berg, both of Baltimore.

Memorial donations may be made to Kenwood Presbyterian Church, Music Department, 4601 Fullerton Ave., Baltimore 21236.

Richard C. Myers

Worked at BGE

Richard C. Myers, who worked for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for 47 years and was an amateur radio operator, died Monday of pneumonia at Carroll County General Hospital. The Wakefield Valley resident was 78.

He went to work as an office boy in the Lexington Street headquarters of BGE when he was 14 years old and retired as a principal information systems analyst in 1976.

During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps' 316th Fighter Squadron in the European Theater and was discharged as a first sergeant in 1945.

The East Baltimore native graduated in 1932 from City College and attended McCoy College at the Johns Hopkins University, earning a business degree in 1956.

In 1954, he was licensed as a certified public accountant.

For many years, he operated WA3HNI, talking with other ham radio operators worldwide.

He was a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster and Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.

Services were planned for 11 a.m. today at Pritts Funeral Home, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Elsie Anna Mae Repp; a son, Charles F. Myers of Dallas; a daughter, Melanie Olivia Moore of Baldwin; a brother, Stanley H. Myers of Pasadena; and a granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Maryland, 1840 York Road, Suite M, Timonium 21093; or the American Heart Association, Carroll County Branch, P.O. Box 550, Westminster 21158.

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