Ernest W. BoisvertCartographerErnest Willard Boisvert, a...

January 17, 1995

Ernest W. Boisvert


Ernest Willard Boisvert, a retired U.S. Forest Service cartographer, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Pasadena. He was 75.

He began working for the agency in 1945 and retired in 1975.

Known as "Pinky," he was born and educated in Bridgeport, Conn., and after working as a timekeeper in a local plant, enlisted in the Army in 1942.

He was a member of the 1st Special Service Force, a joint U.S./Canadian reconnaissance unit that was the only Allied unit to serve in both the Pacific and Europe during World War II.

He participated in the Aleutian Islands campaign and the amphibious assault of Anzio, Italy, in 1944. He was wounded during a mortar attack at the Battle of Mount la Difensa, which resulted in the amputation of his leg. Discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1944, his military decorations included the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

It was while he was recuperating at Walter Reed Army Hospital that he met his future wife, the former Fannie Nahmod. They married in 1945 and lived for many years in Silver Spring.

He was a member of the Disabled Veterans Association and the First Special Force Association.

"Even though he was an amputee, he loved playing golf and had a nine handicap," said his son, the Rev. Ernest R. Boisvert of Gaithersburg. "He played with several guys from the office at East Potomac Park and always walked the course."

Services were set for 10:30 a.m. today at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his wife and son, other survivors include two daughters, Suzie Johns and Joyce Cowfer, both of Pasadena; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville, Md. 21108.

Stanley Francis Matejski, 86, who had been a barber in Baltimore and Havre de Grace and a baritone soloist with many choral societies and church choirs in the Baltimore and Washington areas, died Jan. 10 of complications from a stroke in Newark, Del.

Graveside services were held Saturday. His first wife, the former Mary M. Hill, died in 1967. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, the former Myrtle Polley; a daughter, Constance M. Rector of Washington; a stepson, Keith E. Smith of Westminster, Colo.; three grandchildren, two great-granddaughters; and a step-granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to the Julliard School, Development Office, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10023.

Robert Rulon-Miller, 76, a businessman who was born in Baltimore, died Thursday at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, Fla., after a brief illness. The cause of death was undetermined.

A memorial service for Mr. Rulon-Miller, who had lived in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, was held yesterday. He is survived by his wife, the former Ann Dixon Leahy; two sons, Edward L. Rulon-Miller of Bristol, R.I., and Robert Rulon-Miller Jr. of St. Paul, Minn.; and a sister, Amey Rulon-Miller of Baltimore.

Memorial donations may be made to the Save the Bay Foundation, 434 Smith St., Providence, R.I. 02908.

Louis Eiford, a retired engineer and volunteer firefighter, died Jan. 9 from complications of pneumonia at Meridian Nursing Center-Long Green. The Gardenville resident was 83.

He was reared on Streeper Street in East Baltimore and was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, where services were held Sunday.

His wife, the former Ruth Bonitt, died in 1992. He is survived by a son, Robert J. Eiford of Gardenville.

Richard M. Baier, 60, a retired Baltimore firefighter, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Dundalk. He went to work for the Fire Department in 1957 and was assigned to truck No. 17. He later worked at Engine 41 in East Baltimore and Engine 33 near Clifton Park. He retired in 1989.

Services were held yesterday. Survivors include his wife, the former Helen M. Kriss, whom he married in 1959; a son, Ernest C. Baier of Dundalk; three daughters, Mary Richardson of Severn, Michelle Baier and Melissa Leisher, both of Dundalk; and four grandchildren.

John M. Bierman, 81, former owner of a Baltimore lumber company, died Friday at his Loch Hill home near Towson from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"He was in great pain from osteoporosis," said his wife of 60 years, the former Charlotte E. Kruger.

A memorial service was held yesterday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home. Other survivors include a daughter, C. Linda Migliore of Columbia; a sister, Virginia Bauer of Timonium; and two grandchildren.

Sister Mary Adlaide Schmidt, S.S.N.D., 97, who taught in parochial schools for many years, died Thursday at Villa Assumpta in Towson, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, of complications from pneumonia. A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

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