Bettie C. Helfrich, 69, nurse, burn unit pioneerBettie C...

January 12, 1996

Bettie C. Helfrich, 69, nurse, burn unit pioneer

Bettie C. Helfrich, a registered nurse who helped start the burn unit at the former West Baltimore General Hospital, died of renal failure Tuesday at the Lorien Nursing Center in Gardenville. The Dundalk resident was 69.

Born Bettie Roelke in Frederick, she attended public schools there and moved to Baltimore in the late 1940s to study nursing at West Baltimore General under a government program designed to train Army nurses. Upon graduation, after World War II, she began working at West Baltimore General.

As a registered nurse, she helped establish the hospital's burn unit in the early 1960s and was head nurse in the pediatric ward for years. She worked at Greater Baltimore Medical Center for several years before retiring in the late 1970s.

Among her hobbies were sewing, knitting, crocheting and other handcrafts. "She made everybody a sweater," said a daughter, Sister Joyce Ann Helfrich, O.S.F., a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial is planned for 10 a.m. today at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 335 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk.

Other survivors include her husband, John O. Helfrich, whom she married in 1947; two sons, Brian J. Helfrich and Michael J. Helfrich, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Mary Shifler of Hagerstown and Jean Notnagle of Frederick; and two grandchildren.

John T. Sterling Jr., 68, headed Carroll public works

Sterling John T. Sterling Jr., the former director of the Carroll County Department of Public Works, died of cancer Tuesday at Gettysburg (Pa.) Hospital. He was 68.

He retired in 1992 from the agency he had directed since 1978. Earlier, he was a project engineer for 24 years for Genstar Corp. and its predecessor, Harry T. Campbell & Sons.

Formerly a Finksburg resident, Mr. Sterling, who was known as Jack, had lived in Gettysburg since 1977.

He was born and raised in Brooklyn in South Baltimore and was a 1945 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. During World War II, he served in the Navy as a shipfitter and was discharged in 1948. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

Services were to be held at 3 p.m. today at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road in Westminster.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Caroline M. Leonard; four sons, Richard T. Sterling of Sterling, Va., Wayne S. Sterling of Hanover, Pa., James L. Sterling of Littlestown, Pa., and John T. "Bo" Sterling III of Hanover, Pa.; two daughters, Jill R. Sterling of Hampstead and Kay C. Murk of Orange, Calif.; two sisters, Rita Cashman of Hockessin, Del., and Isabel Craig of Elerton, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, and a step-grandchild. Josephine Bishop, a longtime resident of Pasadena, died Monday of heart failure at Ginger Cove Health Center in Annapolis. She was 75.

Born Josephine Retzler, she was raised in Catonsville, where she attended public schools.

She moved to Pasadena in the mid-1940s after marrying Harlan T. Samuels Sr.; they divorced in the early 1970s. In the late 1970s, she married Benton C. Bishop, who died in 1990.

Services were planned for 1 p.m. today at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway near Robinson Road.

Survivors include a son, H. Thomas Samuels Jr. of Millersville; a daughter, Joan M. Fitzgibbons of Davidsonville; a brother, Anton "Bud" Retzler of Bozman; two sisters, Elsie Stein of Ellicott City and Irene Lettau of Crumpton; and a grandchild.

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