Thomas B. MickleInsurance agentThomas B. Mickle, who had...

January 31, 1995

Thomas B. Mickle

Insurance agent

Thomas B. Mickle, who had been an insurance agent and manager of a shoe store, died Friday of cancer at his West Baltimore home. He was 79.

He retired about 12 years ago after 15 years with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Earlier, he had worked for 25 years as manager of a Thom McAn shoe store at Pennsylvania Avenue and Laurens Street.

Born in Camden, S.C., but reared in Baltimore, he was a 1935 graduate of Douglass High School and attended what are now Morgan State and Hampton (Va.) universities.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a member of the Republican State Central Committee for Baltimore City.

He was a trustee and choir member of Mount Pisgah Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at Fulton and Riggs avenues, where services were set for 10:30 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gwendolyn Weaver; a son, Peter B. Mickle, and a daughter, Tomasine Kirkland-Quamina, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Lewis and Edward Mickle, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Della Baylor of Baltimore and Josephine Boyle of Morristown, N.J.; and a granddaughter.

Francis E. Gardiner


Francis E. Gardiner, a contractor, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at the Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 85 and lived in Davidsonville.

He was chairman of the board of Gardiner and Gardiner in Crofton, which he started with a son in 1969. He had also been a founder, in 1935, of Bowling and Gardiner in Bethesda. He had worked for the M. A. Long Construction Co. in Baltimore before starting the Bethesda firm.

His firms completed many projects in Washington and its suburbs, and also in Annapolis and Southern Maryland.

Born in Washington but reared in Bryantown, he was a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Bryantown and the old Maryland Institute on Market Place.

During World War II, he moved to Wellaway Farm in Davidsonville, where he raised Ayrshire dairy cattle and tobacco. In 1967, he moved to his final Davidsonville home.

He was a member of Associated Builders and Contractors, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Lions Club, the Davidsonville Ruritan Club, the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Three Rivers Sporting Club in Owensville.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, Owensville.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Burch; two daughters, Ethel Stehle of Annapolis and Cecilia Orme of Preston; two sons, Francis E. Gardiner Jr. of Lothian and J. Noel Gardiner of Davidsonville; a brother, William Paul Gardiner of La Plata; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

William H. Siemon Sr., 88, a retired maintenance man at the Middle River plant of the Glenn L. Martin Co., died Saturday at a hospital in York, Pa., after a heart attack. He had moved from Parkville to York about two months ago.

The Baltimore native and graduate of the Polytechnic Institute retired nearly 25 years ago after 35 years at Martin.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road. He is survived by his wife, the former Nellie Reinhard; a daughter, Diane L. Shupe of Riverside; a son, William H. Siemon Jr. of Glen Rock, Pa.; and five granddaughters.

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