Jerry Johnson, 82, Bethlehem Steel workerJerry Johnson, a...

November 23, 1995

Jerry Johnson, 82, Bethlehem Steel worker

Jerry Johnson, a West Baltimore resident who retired in 1978 after missing only one day of work in 33 years as a steel worker at Bethlehem Steel Corp.' Sparrows Point plant, died of cancer Sunday at his residence. He was 82.

He was born and raised in Darlington, S.C., where he attended school. In 1938, he and the former Rovena Couser were married. She died in 1984. The couple moved to Baltimore in 1940.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Zion Methodist Church, 3050 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, the former Marie Anne Boone; three daughters, Linda Brown and Phillena Moss of Baltimore and Pearl Johnson of Timmonsville, S.C.; four brothers, Moscoe Johnson, McKinnely Johnson, Louis Johnson and Jim Johnson of Baltimore; six stepchildren; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Joseph Ferdinand Passano, who was retired from the National Glass Co. and was a former Bolton Hill resident, died of emphysema Nov. 16 at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. He was 77.

Mr. Passano, who retired in 1990 as purchasing manager for National Glass, worked for Southern Plate Glass Co. during the 1960s and 1970s and for Art Plate Glass and Pittsburgh Paint and Glass Co. After retiring, Mr. Passano moved to Hedgesville, W.Va.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1936 graduate of Boys' Latin School and earned his bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1940. During World War II, he served with the quartermaster corps and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of major.

A memorial service for Mr. Passano is planned for 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Grace Lipham; a son, Louis Passano of Hampstead; a daughter, Paige Eddy of St. John, Virgin Islands.; two brothers, Baldwin Passano of Snow Hill and James Passano of Kingston, R.I.; and two stepdaughters, Mary Jo Bertolino of New Milford, N.J., and Kathleen Kadel of Camp Hill, Pa.

Albert Lancaster, 102 warehouseman, veteran

Albert Lancaster, a retired warehouseman who was a World War I veteran, died Nov. 11 of an undetermined cause at a niece's West Baltimore home. He was 102.

Mr. Lancaster, who was honored in 1993 at the first Maryland Centenarians Recognition Luncheon, lived more than 60 years on Carroll Street in Pigtown, before he moved to his niece's home.

Born and raised in Richmond, Va., Mr. Lancaster served with an infantry unit during World War I and participated in the Alsace-Lorraine campaign. After being discharged, he moved to Baltimore and went to work for the Joseph M. Diggins Transfer Co., as a warehouseman. He retired in the late 1960s, a niece recalled.

Services were held yesterday at Wayman African Methodist Church, which Mr. Lancaster attended for more than 60 years and served as a steward.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews. He and the former Gladys Rawlings were married 60 years. She died in 1991.

Joseph Lederman, 83, a retired Webster Men's Wear clothing salesman died of a heart attack Nov. 15 at St. Agnes Hospital. Services were held Nov. 17. Mr. Lederman retired in 1989 from the Westview Mall store, where he had worked 20 years. He had worked in New York before moving to Baltimore in 1966.

The native of Poland, who came to this country with his family in 1920, is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Nancy Cogliano; three stepsons, Douglas Strouse of Cockeysville, James Strouse of Columbia and Charles Strouse of Catonsville; and two stepdaughters, Rosalie Veliuona of Columbia and Gale Rhodes of Prospect, Ky.

Col. Joseph F. Dougherty, 72, retired Army officer and former Baltimorean who participated in the Battle of the Bulge, the Korean and Vietnam wars, died Nov. 9 of diabetes in Honolulu, where he had lived since retiring in 1975 after a 31-year Army career.

Born and raised on North Broadway, he was a 1940 graduate of Loyola High School and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1944.

Services were private. He is survived by his wife, the former Ingaberg Frank; two sons, Thomas F. Dougherty of San Francisco and Michael P. Dougherty of Kailua, Hawaii; a daughter, Tina Shaffer of Kailua; a brother, J. Robert Dougherty of Baltimore; a sister, Margaret E. Dougherty of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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