William F. Swift Jr.Tool company managerWilliam F. Swift...

January 18, 1995

William F. Swift Jr.

Tool company manager

William F. Swift Jr., a retired executive of Black & Decker US Inc., died Sunday of cancer at his home in Jarrettsville. He was 68.

He retired in 1981 as eastern regional customer service and distribution manager for the power tool company, where he had worked for 27 years.

After his retirement, he became active in the Disabled American Veterans and at his death was treasurer of both the Towson chapter and the state organization.

Born in Red Lion, Pa., but reared in Jarrettsville, he played the outfield for the Jarrettsville High School baseball team and was offered a baseball scholarship at the University of Maryland and a professional contract by the Washington Senators, but it was 1945, and he went into the Army instead. While in the Army, he contracted tuberculosis and was treated in a series of military and veterans hospitals before his release in 1951.

That year, he married Betty Hill, who had been his nurse at his last hospital and began working toward the accounting degree he earned at the University of Baltimore.

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

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Joan Ohler, Debra Stover and Barbara Lee Swift, all of Jarrettsville; a son, William F. Swift III of Hampstead; two sisters, Irene Bucklin of Jarrettsville and Myrtle Shifflett of Lutherville; a brother, Paul Swift of Spring Hill, Fla.; and two grandchildren. F. Blakiston Gambrill Jr., a retired project engineer for the State Highway Administration, died Sunday of lung cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice. He was 69 and lived in Glyndon.

He retired in 1992 after 44 years with the SHA, formerly the State Roads Commission, where he started as a surveyor. As a project engineer, he supervised the construction of many bridges in Carroll, Frederick and Howard counties.

Known as "Blake," the Glyndon native attended the Franklin High School before joining the Navy at the age of 17 during World War II. He was an electrician aboard landing ships in the Mediterranean.

After the war, he completed his high school education at the Veterans Institute in Baltimore.

Services were set for 8 p.m. today at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Margaret Dent Humphries; a son, F. Blakiston Gambrill III of Reisterstown; a daughter, Margaret A. MacKay of Shawnee, Kan.; a sister, Mary Catherine Kistler of Glyndon; and five grandchildren. Dorothy Jane Sprankle, who had been a nursery school teacher for nearly 25 years, died Saturday of cancer at her home in Perryville. She was 74.

She retired about 20 years ago from the Perry Point Nursery School.

The former Dorothy Jane Jackson was a native of Perryville and a graduate of Perryville High School. She also attended the Tome Business School in Port Deposit.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Perryville.

Her husband, Hebert L. Sprankle, died in 1986.

She is survived by a son, Howard L. Sprankle of York Haven, Pa.; a daughter, Janet Elizabeth Carter of Vinton, Va.; a brother, Willard S. Jackson Sr. of Newark, Del.; two sisters, Ella Elizabeth Jackson and Edith Parker, both of Perryville; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark's Church or to the American Cancer Society.

Una C. Lippy

Ridgeleigh resident, 99

Una C. Lippy, a longtime Hampden resident, died Saturday of complications from a stroke at her home in the Ridgeleigh community east of Towson. She was 99.

She was born in West Virginia and moved to the Baltimore area when she was child. She worked as a spinner and weaver at area cotton mills and later was a retail clerk.

She and her husband, Joseph G. Lippy, who died in 1955, lived in Hampden many years. She moved to the Ridgeleigh home of her daughter, Hilda V. Terzano, about six years ago.

A memorial service was set for 1 p.m. today at the Roland Avenue Evergreen United Methodist Church, 4001 Roland Ave.

Other survivors include three grandchildren, six great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several cousins. Her son, William Lippy, died in 1962.

M. Jerome Sadler


M. Jerome Sadler, a retired upholsterer, died Sunday of heart failure at the Fort Howard Veterans Hospital. He was 79 and lived in Dundalk.

He worked as a guard for Burns International Security Services for about six years after retiring 10 years ago from the upholstering business he operated in Hamilton.

A native of Concord, N.C., who served in the Army during World War II, he came to Baltimore as a young man.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at the Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road, Perry Hall.

He is survived by four sons, M. Jerome Sadler Jr. of Fallston, Albert Gil Sadler of Parkville, Leslie Sadler of Essex and Jeffrey Sadler of Baltimore; a daughter, Norma Violet Antonelli of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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