John F. A. FischerOwned printing firmJohn Frederick Albert...

January 09, 1995

John F. A. Fischer

Owned printing firm

John Frederick Albert Fischer Jr., whose life was spelled out in the metal block letters of the printer's trade, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 86.

Mr. Fischer retired in 1965 as owner and president of Milton Art Press. But every working day still found him in the office of the Baltimore family commercial printing business that he had begun learning at age 10 from his grandfather.

"He's been retired for 30 years, but because he loved me, loved the employees of the company, he's come in every day," said his son, William C. Fischer, who became president and owner of the company when his father retired.

William Fischer said his father became an informal public relations representative after his retirement. "He wasn't a salesman, but he just went out and talked to people," he said.

John Fischer tried to help his former customers and business associates, his son said. For example, if a banker mentioned having difficulty trying to interpret a new regulation, Mr. Fischer would research it and come back with the answer, the son said.

Three weeks ago, Milton Art Press moved from its original location at 2222 Jefferson St. to a Glen Burnie industrial park. Mr. Fischer's family arranged to have him brought in a wheelchair to visit the new plant. "So he got to see it one time before he died," the son said.

Mr. Fischer quit school at age 14 to work in the printing business after a recession forced his grandfather to lay off workers. During World War II, he took a full-time job at Bendix to help in the war effort while keeping up his printing business in the evenings and on weekends.

A resident of Baltimore, Mr. Fischer was a member of the Concordia Lodge of the Masons and two Masonic social and service clubs, the Rosedale Square Club, of which he was a former president, and Ashlar Club No. 169.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Hartley Miller Funeral Home, 7527 Harford Road.

Mr. Fischer is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Catherine M. Rehberger; another son, John F. A. Fischer III of Lutherville; a sister, Helen Gregloit of Towson; and a granddaughter.

The family suggested donations to the Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church, 403 N. Patterson Park Ave., Baltimore 21231, where Mr. Fischer was a lifelong member. Olivia Louise Barnhill, a retired waitress who swam for 14 years in the Maryland Senior Olympics and danced in area musicals, died of respiratory complications Thursday at the Northwest Medical Center in Randallstown. She was 82.

Mrs. Barnhill retired in 1971 as a waitress at Price's Dairy on Liberty Road, where she had worked for 23 years. Earlier, she was a baker for Capital Cake Co. in Baltimore.

In retirement, she won about 30 medals in Senior Olympics swimming events. In October, she won a silver medal for the backstroke, family members said.

Her daughter Nancy Trott of Eldersburg said Mrs. Barnhill maintained her winning form by swimming three days a week at Catonsville Community College.

"She used to go swimming at 7:15 in the morning," Mrs. Trott said.

Mrs. Barnhill taught Sunday school at Calvary Lutheran Church, and tap-danced and sang in musicals for the Lochearn Kiwanis Club.

"She had such a youthful attitude," said her other daughter, Joan Shea of Chase.

She was born Olivia Godman in Northwest Baltimore and moved to Lochearn in 1946 with her husband, John Barnhill, whom she married in 1936. He died three years ago.

Besides her two daughters, she is survived by six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7902 Liberty Road.

Sheldon E. Wilt

Master electrician

Sheldon E. Wilt, a master electrician who retired in 1982 as supervisor of maintenance for the Lever Bros. Co. plant in Dundalk, died of cancer Thursday at Sinai Hospital. He was 77.

Born and reared in Altoona, Pa., Mr. Wilt came to Baltimore in 1940 after his discharge from the Navy.

He worked for the Glenn L. Martin Co., then for Kaiser Aluminum, but spent most of his career with Lever Bros.

He was a charter member of the Santa Maria Chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Wilt is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Beulah C. Persons; two daughters, Lorna A. Walter of Rosedale and Cynthia A. Jakum of Perry Hall; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Cvach-Rosedale Funeral Home, 1211 Chesaco Ave.

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