George I. KellnerU.S. currency makerGeorge I. Kellner, a...

May 16, 1994

George I. Kellner

U.S. currency maker

George I. Kellner, a U.S. currency maker, died Friday of cancer at his mother's home in Mayfield, in Northeast Baltimore. He was 49.

Mr. Kellner had worked for the federal Bureau of Engraving and Printing since 1988. Earlier, he was a photo-engraver for Alco Gravure in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Kellner, a Baltimore native, attended the University of Baltimore after graduating from Calvert Hall College High School in 1964.

A waterfront resident in the Bird River area of Baltimore County for the past 20 years, Mr. Kellner enjoyed fishing and other water-related activities.

He was an avid skier and traveled to the slopes in Vermont, Colorado and Montana to pursue the hobby.

His wife, the former Jane L. Fleckenstein, died in 1988.

Mr. Kellner was a member of Local No. 582 of the Graphic Communications International Union and the Fred Ski Club.

He is survived by his mother, Josephine M. Kellner of Mayfield; a sister, Catherine B. Hedges of Middle River; two brothers, J. Gerard Kellner of Fallston and Joseph J. Kellner of Glyndon; and a friend, Georgia L. Casey.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road, in Baltimore. Interment will be at Holly Hill Memorial Gardens.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Joseph Kovner

Retired lawyer

Joseph Kovner, a retired lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice who also had been a staff lawyer for labor unions, died April 30 of congestive heart failure at the Meridian Health Care Center at Brightwood.

Mr. Kovner, who was 84 and once lived in the Guilford area, retired in 1974 as assistant chief of the Court of Claims Section of the Justice Department's Tax Division. He had worked in the division since 1958.

Born in Brockton, Mass., he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Yale and was an editor of the Law Review at Yale Law School, from which he graduated in 1934.

After two years in private practice in New York City, he moved to Washington and worked on the staff of the Senate Committee on Railroad Finance before becoming a lawyer for the Congress of Industrial Organizations and then for the United Mine Workers.

He had been in private practice, in Concord, N.H., for five years before returning to Washington and joining the Justice Department.

He was a volunteer lawyer for the National Wildlife Federation in his retirement.

His wife of 50 years, the former Mary Helen Gion, died in 1992.

Before moving to Baltimore in 1978, they had been members of the Florida Avenue Friends Meeting in Washington and of the Bethesda Friends Meeting and were active in Quaker affairs, participating in peace vigils during the Vietnam War and working for other social causes.

They settled in Guilford, and Mr. Kovner was clerk of the Homewood Friends Meeting for several years.

He is survived by two daughters, Ellen K. Silbergeld and Davida Kovner, both of Baltimore; a son, Guion M. Kovner of Occidental, Calif.; a sister, Florence Kramer of Brockton, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements for a memorial service are incomplete. The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Friends Service Committee.

A. Adeline Ludwig


A. Adeline Ludwig, a retired nurse who was active in church and community groups in Dundalk, died May 8 of heart failure at the Charlestown Care Center in Catonsville.

Mrs. Ludwig, who was 79, had lived in Dundalk until she and her husband moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community in 1991.

She retired in 1978 from the Merritt Point Elementary School, where she had been a nurse. She also had been a nurse at the Bear Creek, Charlesmont, Victory Villa and Edgemere elementary schools since 1959.

Before working at the eastern Baltimore County schools, she had been a public health nurse in East Baltimore.

She was born A. Adeline Singer in Harrisburg, Pa., and reared in nearby Dauphin, Pa.

She was a graduate of the William Penn High School in Harrisburg, where she was a debater and basketball player and studied piano. She was valedictorian of her graduating class.

After baby sitting for two years to earn the tuition and other fees, she graduated in 1937 from the Harrisburg Hospital School of nursing.

She met August Ludwig while visiting relatives in Sparrows Point during her high school years, and they were married in 1937. Mr. Ludwig is a retired stationary engineer for the Bethlehem Steel Corp.

Mrs. Ludwig was a Sunday school teacher at Dundalk United Methodist Church, a member of the United Methodist Women and den mother for the Cub Scouts.

She was a member of the Dundalk Concert Association, played pinochle in an informal club and, during the 1980s, was active in a senior citizens program at the Dundalk Community College.

She was a study group leader in the Association for Research and Enlightenment, a spiritual organization. She also enjoyed camping and travel, visiting all 50 states, England and Canada with her husband.

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