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September 16, 1994

James Spitznas Jr.

Ran surfacing firms

James E. Spitznas Jr., who started athletic surfaces companies in New Jersey and in the Baltimore area, died Sept. 9 of brain cancer at his home in Delran, N.J. He was 60.

In 1970, he started a New Jersey company, Surfacing Systems Inc., that built running tracks and similar facilities. Four years later, he became a partner in a Baltimore area branch of the business, Martin Surfacing Inc. Later, the two companies were combined, and he sold his interest, becoming a vice president of Martin in New Jersey.

Born in Cumberland but reared in Reisterstown, he was a graduate of Franklin High School and attended Towson State University before he graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1957. He served in the Army in the late 1950s.

He had been a teacher at Pimlico Junior High School in Baltimore and in the school systems in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties before moving to New Jersey in 1966 to become a salesman for Power-Lock Floors, a gymnasium flooring firm.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Lee Isaac; two sons, James Christopher Spitznas and Scott Kipling Spitznas, both of Delran; and a sister, Elizabeth Wise of Towson.

Louis P. Piersant

News American retiree

Louis P. Piersant, retired production manager for the Baltimore News American, died Tuesday at the Memorial Hospital in Easton after a stroke. He was 74.

He moved to Easton from Timonium after his retirement in 1982 from the newspaper where he started as a photo engraver after World War II.

The Baltimore native was a 1937 graduate of City College and served an apprenticeship at a photo engraving firm before World War II. During the war, he was a Navy medical corpsman in the European theater.

He was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton. Services were set for 2 p.m. today at the Newnam Funeral Home in Easton.

Mr. Piersant is survived by his wife, the former Ida Eccles; two sons, Doug Piersant of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Rodger Piersant of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a daughter, Cheryl Dempsey of New Freedom, Pa.; a sister, Shirley Lomax of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

Violet N. Maltbie

Switchboard operator

Violet N. Maltbie, retired switchboard operator for the Contee Sand and Gravel Co. in Laurel, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at the Meridian Nursing Center-Spa Creek in Annapolis. She was 74. Mrs. Maltbie, who had lived in Millersville for more than 20 years, retired in 1986.

The former Violet N. McKinney was a native of Indiana who was reared in Akron, Ohio, where she graduated from high school.

Her husband, Henry Maltbie Jr., 72, a retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant who retired as office manager of Contee, died Aug. 27.

A memorial service for the Maltbies will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at their home, 8222 N. Bernard Drive, Millersville.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonna D. Bell of Shady Side; a son, Terry L. Maltbie of Huntingtown; a sister, Fran Comonio of Strongville, Ohio; a brother, William McKinney of Newport News, Va.; and a granddaughter.

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