Richard D. Niehaus Sr., whose obituary was published on...

October 20, 1994

Richard D. Niehaus Sr., whose obituary was published on Oct. 20, was incorrectly named in The Sun and in some editions of The Evening Sun.

The Sun regrets the error.

Ralph D. Niehaus

Executive with florist

Ralph D. Niehaus, who had been vice president of a wholesale florist, died Sunday of cancer at his Guilford home. He was 66.


He retired in 1993 after a 40-year career with Calvert Wholesale Florists on West Cold Spring Lane. He started his career as a salesman for the S. S. Pennock Co., another florist. He was born in Cleveland, where his mother and sister operated a florist business and where he attended school.

He had been a resident of Lutherville for many years and had lived for 16 years at the Winthrop House.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Florus Walker; three sons, Richard D. Niehaus Jr. of Baltimore, Robert S. Niehaus of Stewartstown, Pa., and Stephen M. Niehaus of Forest Hill; a brother, William S. Niehaus of Evans, Ga.; a sister, Loulla S. Turner of Bay Village, Ohio; and six grandchildren.

Stephen F. Brunek

Drove milk wagon

Stephen F. Brunek, who delivered milk by horse-drawn wagon, died Sunday of a heart attack at his daughter's home in Overlea. He was 85.

He began his career as a milkman in the early 1930s for Kress Dairy, which was later taken over by the H. E. Koontz Creamery. He retired in 1975 as a sales representative for Koontz, whose slogan, "First With the Carriage Trade," was known to generations of Baltimoreans. The venerable Reisterstown Road dairy closed in 1977.

"He had a double team that pulled his milk wagon, and the two horses were named Mike and Mae West," recalled his daughter, Lois R. Leicht. "He used to say that the horses had so much horse sense that they could walk the route themselves because they knew which houses were customers and which weren't." Mr. Brunek was the first child of Austrian immigrants who settled in East Baltimore and opened a confectionery. He attended parochial schools and the Polytechnic Institute. He lived for many years on Beryl Avenue in East Baltimore before moving to Hamilton in 1955 with his wife, the former Rosalie Jenkins, whom he married in 1934. She died in 1989.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, 5310 Harford Road.

Other survivors include two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer

Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Rev. N. L. Hamby

Minister of evangelism

The Rev. Norman L. Hamby, associate pastor and minister of evangelism at the Heritage Church of God in Severn, died Monday of cancer at North Arundel Hospital. He was 68.

Mr. Hamby, who lived in Glen Burnie, had served the Severn church for six years. Earlier, he was pastor of the Elkton Church of God in 1987 and 1988; the Essex Church of God from 1967 to 1979; the Dual Highway Church of God in Hagerstown in 1966 and 1967 and the Silver Spring Church of God in 1965 and 1966.

He had also been assigned to churches in North Dakota, Missouri, Michigan and North Carolina.

Mr. Hamby, who was ordained in 1960, was born in Pelzer, S.C. He was a graduate of the Holmes Bible College in Greenville, S.C., and held a master's certificate from the Christian Training Courses of the Church of God.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

Services were set for 10:30 a.m. today at the Heritage Church of God, 8146 Quarterfield Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Clara F. Williams; a son, the Rev. Jim L. Hamby of Hagerstown; a daughter, Rebecca Metzgar of Baltimore; his mother, Lillian Hamby of Piedmont, S.C.; a brother, Bill Hamby, and a sister, Ruth Dickerson, both of

Greenville; and four grandchildren.

Margaret B. Swift

Nurse at Sinai

Margaret B. Swift, a retired nurse, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at a Lansdowne, Pa., nursing home. She was 81.

She had lived in the Overlea area of Baltimore County for many years and retired 11 years ago as a private duty nurse at Sinai Hospital.

The former Margaret Brown was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Elkridge High School and the Sinai Hospital Nursing School in 1935.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road.

Her survivors include a daughter, Lynn C. Jules of Gwynedd Valley, Pa.; a brother, John F. Brown of Overlea; and two grandchildren.

Victoria Ciemny

Operated bakery

Victoria Ciemny, who operated a bakery in Southeast Baltimore, died Sunday of heart failure at the Citizens Nursing Home in Havre de Grace. She was 91.

In the 1930s, she and her husband, Leopold A. Ciemny, who died in 1991, operated a neighborhood bakery on South Luzerne Avenue. She later worked for an embroidery firm and retired in 1964.

The former Victoria Cymbor was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Holy Rosary School.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church, Bel Air.

She is survived by a daughter, Rita C. Handy of Bel Air; a son, Daniel W. Ciemny of Kannapolis, N.C.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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