Rowland J. HoeckelSales managerRowland John Hoeckel, a...

January 02, 1995

Rowland J. Hoeckel

Sales manager

Rowland John Hoeckel, a retired sales manager for a flooring company, died Saturday of leukemia. He was 76.

Born and reared in Baltimore, Mr. Hoeckel married Elizabeth Lorraine Bowers of Baltimore in 1939. They settled in Linthicum, where he was an assistant stationmaster for the Baltimore and Ohio Railway Co.

In 1943, he joined the Army and served as a meteorologist during World War II.

After leaving the military in 1946, Mr. Hoeckel was a flooring salesman for Joseph M. Zamoiski Co., J. J. Haines Co. and Landis and Co.

He was promoted in 1977 to sales manager at Landis and Co. He managed the firm's Glen Burnie warehouse and office.

By 1952, he and his wife had moved to Salisbury, where Mr. Hoeckel was a choir member at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

The family also lived in Richmond, Va., Norfolk, Va., and Annapolis, where Mr. Hoeckel lived when he retired from Landis and Co. in 1980.

The couple then moved to Ocean City, where Mr. Hoeckel enjoyed boating and activities with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234.

Mrs. Hoeckel died in November.

Mr. Hoeckel was a member of the local U.S. Power Squadron and St. Luke's Catholic Church in Ocean City.

He is survived by six sons, John L. of Hopewell, Va.; Stuart F. of Grove City, Fla.; Murray C. of Virginia Beach, Va.; Wayne J. of Grove City, Fla.; Christopher T. of Hancock; and Bruce B. Hoeckel of Annapolis; two daughters, Barbara L. Lewis of Sterling, Va., and Alison E. Regan of Annapolis; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 208 S. Baltimore St., Ocean City.

Deva Maria Powder

Medical secretary

Deva Maria Powder, a medical secretary in Baltimore, died of cancer Friday at Dulaney Towson Health Care Center. She was 90.

Born Deva Bossi in Philadelphia, she moved to the Baltimore area with her family as a child.

She attended Strayer Business College and was a secretary for several local businesses, including Belt Seed Co. It was there that she met her future husband, John William Powder Sr. They had been married 45 years when he died in 1969.

Mrs. Powder reared her twin sons in Lutherville, where the family lived for 37 years.

From 1960 to 1973, she was a medical secretary for her son Dr. James Richard Powder, who had a private urology practice in Baltimore. He died in 1987.

Mrs. Powder, who was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in the Texas section of Baltimore County, had lived in Timonium for the past 24 years.

She is survived by her other son, John William Powder Jr. of Phoenix; a sister, Eugenia Gamble of Cockeysville; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

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