William Kwedar Sr.Retired from SSAWilliam J. Kwedar Sr., a...

August 17, 1994

William Kwedar Sr.

Retired from SSA

William J. Kwedar Sr., a retired electrical maintenance supervisor at Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn, died Saturday of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 70.

The Baltimore native was reared in Irvington and educated in public schools. During World War II, he served on Guadalcanal with the 1st Marine Division and was awarded a Purple Heart.

He did woodworking, making furniture and toys for his grandchildren. He was a former scoutmaster of Troop 456 at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville and a member of the Dewey Lowman Post of the American Legion.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mark Church, 30 Melvin Ave.

Mr. Kwedar is survived by his wife, the former Doris Elizabeth Codd; three sons, William J. Kwedar Jr. of Lusby, Richard D. Kwedar of Catonsville and Michael T. Kwedar of Manchester; a )) sister, Bernice Steiner of Woodlawn; and five grandchildren.

Ruth Simpkins

Domestic worker

Ruth Simpkins, a domestic worker who retired about 25 years ago, died Friday of heart failure at the Liberty Medical Center. She was 90 and had lived in Baltimore since childhood.

The former Ruth Dean was a native of Cumberland, Va., and a graduate of Douglass High School in Baltimore. She was a member of Fulton Baptist Church.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Unity Funeral Home, 108 W. North Ave., Baltimore.

She is survived by a son, David Branch of Baltimore; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

James McCann Jr.

Retired letter carrier

James J. McCann Jr., who delivered mail in downtown Baltimore for nearly 29 years, died Monday of cancer at his home in Stevensville. He was 71.

He moved to Stevensville from the Cape Arthur area after he retired nearly 10 years ago from the U.S. Postal Service, which gave him a special achievement award in 1974.

The Lansdowne native was a graduate of St. Clement's School there and of Catonsville High School.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Fourth Street and Washburn Avenue, Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Janice Marie Linsenmeyer; two brothers, John McCann of Catonsville and Robert McCann of Lansdowne; a sister, Helen Gresham of Ellicott City; and many nieces and nephews.

Rachel Thompson

Baltimore teacher

Rachel S. Thompson, a retired Baltimore elementary schoolteacher, died Saturday of cancer at Liberty Medical Center. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 72.

She retired 12 years ago as a teacher at Gilmor Elementary School. She had taught there and at John M. Murphy Elementary School for 27 years. She had taught at schools in Worcester County for 10 years before moving to Baltimore.

The former Rachel S. Ennels was a native of California, St. Mary's County, who was educated in public schools there. She earned a bachelor's degree at what is now Bowie State University in 1943 and a master's degree at Morgan State University.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church, 3300 Clifton Ave., Baltimore.

She is survived by her husband, Charles H. Thompson; a daughter, Karen Davis of Woodlawn; a brother, Frank Ennels of Leonardtown; two sisters, Margaret Dorsey and Elizabeth Ennels, both of Leonardtown; and two grandchildren.

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