Howard Ray Leicht, 74, installed Venetian blindsHoward Ray...

January 01, 1996

Howard Ray Leicht, 74, installed Venetian blinds

Howard Ray Leicht, a retired Venetian blind installer, died of brain cancer Thursday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. He was 74.

Born in Berkley Springs, W.Va., Mr. Leicht lived in Glen Burnie since the late 1940s before moving to Rowlesburg, W.Va. in 1983.

He worked at a Baltimore-based manufacturer of Venetian blinds for most of his adult life after serving in France with the Army during World War II. After his first wife, Michele, died, Mr. Leicht married Dessie Phillips in 1971. The couple divorced in 1988.

Services will be held tomorrow at Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd. in Towson.

Mr. Leicht is survived by a daughter, Marie Theresa Leicht of Glen Burnie; a brother, George Alvin Leicht of Baltimore; a sister, Anna M. Krasnesky of Baltimore; a sister-in-law, Olive Sorenson of Rowlesburg; and 19 nieces and nephews.

Evalyn Shavitz, 79, owned clothing boutique

Evalyn Shavitz, who owned a clothing boutique and whose first job was packaging Good Humor ice cream, died of cancer Thursday at Sinai Hospital. She was 79.

She was born Evalyn Goldberg in Baltimore in 1916. At 14, she left school to help support her family by wrapping and packaging ice cream for Good Humor Ice Cream Co.

In 1937, she married Harry Shavitz and left Good Humor shortly thereafter. In the early 1940s, she worked at a millinery shop on Charles Street. Later, she became a bridal consultant and assistant to the manager of Schleisner's in downtown Baltimore. In 1960, she retired from Schleisner's and opened a clothing store, Boutique by Evalyn.

Mrs. Shavitz retired from her store in 1975. She went to work as a salesperson at her daughter and son-in-law's business, Kid's World in Perry Hall, in 1979 and remained there until retiring in 1989.

She volunteered at Health Education and Resources Organization and was a founding member of the Dorothy Friedman Caplan Guild.

A service was held yesterday at Levinson Funeral Home on Reisterstown Road. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Shavitz is survived by a daughter, Shirley Grodnitzky; a son, Steven Shavitz; two sisters, Helen Roskopf and Zelda Friedman; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren, all of Baltimore.

Basil Phillip Rogers, 74, Bethlehem Steel worker

Basil Phillip Rogers, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker, died of a heart attack at his Baltimore home Friday. He was 74.

Born in Webster Springs, W.Va., Mr. Rogers attended school until the eighth grade. When he was 18, he joined the Army and was stationed in Florida.

He moved to Baltimore in 1942 and a decade later began working in Bethlehem Steel's Key Highway repair yard. At Beth Steel, Mr. Rogers was a carpenter, then foreman of a crew of painters. He retired in 1983 after 30 years.

During his retirement, Mr. Rogers repaired cars and built birdhouses.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Alline Jane Brown; a son, Larry David Rogers of Baltimore; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Gonce Funeral Home, 4001 Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn.

Cynthia Wales Taylor, 65, magazine editor

Cynthia Wales Taylor, the former managing editor of a yachting magazine, died of cancer at a Baltimore nursing home Friday. She was 65.

She was born Cynthia Wales in Swampscott, Mass., and moved to Marblehead, Mass., where she attended high school. She studied English at Radcliffe College on a four-year scholarship.

In 1952, one year after graduating from college, she married Oliver B. Taylor. In 1971, the couple and their four children moved to Annapolis. Mrs. Taylor became an editorial assistant at Waterway Guide magazine and was promoted to an editor in 1982.

In 1983, she moved to Connecticut to become managing editor of Yachting magazine. In 1991, she moved to Baltimore and continued as a part-time copy editor for the magazine.

A private service will be held tomorrow. Donations may be sent to The Joseph Richey Hospice, 820 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, 21202.

Mrs. Taylor, who was divorced, is survived by three daughters, Alison Mullins of Annapolis, Mary McCoy of Baltimore and Caroline Taylor of London; a son, Charles Taylor of Baltimore; two brothers, James Wales of Massachusetts and Walter Wales of Maine; and four grandchildren.

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