Jan TwarowskiEstimator, orchard ownerJan Twarowski, a...

May 18, 1994

Jan Twarowski

Estimator, orchard owner

Jan Twarowski, a retired estimator who achieved his lifelong dream of owning an orchard, died Monday of heart failure at his farm in Reisterstown. He was 75.

Born and reared in Tuczna, Poland, he attended schools there.

During World War II, he enlisted in 1942 in the Polish Army which was under the direction of British forces. He fought in Italy and was decorated with the Cross of Valor.

He was discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant and in 1953 emigrated to Baltimore with his wife, the former Magdalena Krzyszczuk, a nurse in the Polish Army whom he married in 1945. They settled in Highlandtown.

He joined Baltimore Contractors as an estimator and worked on such construction projects as Memorial Stadium, the Harbor Tunnel, the Edward A. Garmatz Federal Courthouse and Office Building and the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.

He also taught estimating for many years at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

He retired from Baltimore Contractors in 1979.

"His dream was to have an orchard and be a farmer. He had apple, plum and peach trees on his 26-acre farm which he purchased in 1979" in Reisterstown, said a son, Andrew A. Twarowski of Marlton, N.J.

The son described his father as a family man who "liked the noise in the house from his grandchildren.

"He collected U.S stamps and coins and was always giving the children a stamp or a coin for a good report card or some other achievement," the son said. "He was trying to figure out what coin to give a child that was soon to be christened when he died."

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 400 S. Chester St., Highlandtown.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include another son, Mark G. Twarowski of Reisterstown; two daughters, Barbara E. Rybak of Highlandtown and Christine I. Aiello of Severna Park; and 12 grandchildren.

R. H. Simmons Sr.

Education official

Raymond H. Simmons Sr., a retired State Department of Education official, died Sunday of cancer at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge. He was 82 and lived on Hooper Island where he was born.

He retired in 1971 after nine years as assistant state director for field services in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Maryland Department of Education. During those years, he lived in Rodgers Forge.

From 1945 until 1962, he was the division's Eastern Shore director in Salisbury.

He began his career in 1935 as a history teacher at Cambridge High School and two years later became principal of the Hooper Island school, an elementary and high school of which he was a graduate.

He attended Washington College in Chestertown before he graduated in 1932 from Alfred University in New York. He later earned a master's degree at Western Maryland College.

He was a former president of the Salisbury Rotary Club and of the National Rehabilitation Association and a member of gubernatorial and presidential commissions on promoting the employment of the handicapped.

While residing elsewhere, he kept his membership in Hosier Memorial United Methodist Church on Upper Hooper Island, where he taught an adult Sunday school class and was a lay leader and member of the board. Services were set for 1 p.m. today at the church.

He was also a member of the Hooper Island Volunteer Fire Company.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Frances Parker; two daughters, Jacqueline Hedberg of Baltimore and Judith Solomon of Manassas, Va.; a son, Raymond H. Simmons Jr. of Cambridge; a brother, James M. Simmons of Cambridge; and two grandsons.

Georgette Hershey


Production planner

Georgette Hershey, who had worked in the production planning department of the Glenn L. Martin Co., now Martin Marietta, and later did similar work for a motorcycle manufacturer, died Sunday at her home in White Marsh of complications of a stroke. She was 78.

She had worked for Martin's in the 1950s and early 1960s, determining the need for parts and materials from blueprints, and later did similar work for the Triumph Motorcycle Corp. in Timonium. She retired about 20 years ago.

She had also been a librarian for the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

The former Georgette Taylor was a native of New York City who came to Baltimore as a child with her family and was reared in Waverly. She graduated from Eastern High School.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Evans Funeral Chapel, 8800 Harford Road, Parkville.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Clinton L. Hershey; and a sister, Vivian E. Smith of Baltimore.

Charlotte W. Irwin

Composer, collector

Charlotte West Irwin, who composed music and collected books, died Saturday of heart failure at her Roland Park residence. She was 93.

"She loved music and played the piano and composed piano compositions. Some of her friends wanted to perform them, but she didn't care about that," said Charlotte Bloom, a daughter who lives in Roland Park.

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