John Paul Pons Sr., 80, thoroughbred horse breederJohn...

January 25, 1996

John Paul Pons Sr., 80, thoroughbred horse breeder

John Paul Pons Sr., a thoroughbred horse breeder whose family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air was the birthplace of Cigar, racing's Horse of the Year last year, died of prostate cancer Thursday at his home. He was 80.

The horse-breeding operation was started in 1933 by his father, Adolphe A. Pons, a noted expert on thoroughbred bloodlines.

Born and raised in Garden City, N.Y., he was a 1933 graduate of La Salle Military Academy. He served in the Army during World War II and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of major.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Garesche Archer; a son, John P. Pons Jr. of New London, N.H.; three daughters, Carol G. Pons Hopkins, Deborah Poullain Pons Owaroff and Louise Bauduy Pons, all of Bel Air; a brother, Joseph P. Pons of Bel Air; a sister, Marie Pons Eddy of Darien, Conn.; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday . Charles E. Ritterhoff, co-owner of a Baltimore hardware and plumbing supply store, died Jan. 17 at Bel Forest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Forest Hill of prostate cancer. He was 76 and lived in Bel Air.

He retired in 1993 from Ernest Ritterhoff & Sons Hardware at Baltimore Street and Central Avenue, which he ran with his brother, Paul Ritterhoff of Towson. The business was founded by their grandfather in 1873.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Rebecca Krausse; another brother, John W. Ritterhoff of Timonium; a sister, Ruth Sangston of Timonium; four nephews; and eight nieces.

Services for the Baltimore native were held Saturday.

Sister Mary Maris Stella, 89 taught at St. James school

Sister Mary Maris Stella Schneider, S.S.N.D., 89, who taught at St. James parochial school in Baltimore, died Thursday of respiratory failure at St. Joseph Medical Center.

The former Johanna Schneider, who was born in Camden, N.J., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore in 1924 and retired in 1987.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, at 6401 N. Charles St., where she resided. She is survived by a niece, Josephine Al-Greene of Baltimore; and several great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Sister Catherine Mary Manley, , 60, IHM, died Friday of complications after surgery at University of Maryland Medical Center. She lived at St. Agnes Convent in Baltimore.

Sister Catherine Mary entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1953. She taught at St. Agnes School in Baltimore, was coordinator of hospitality and travel at the Immaculate Conception Shrine in Washington, D.C., and was a pastoral minister at the Nativity Parish in Washington.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday in her native Scranton, Pa. She is survived by a sister, Jean Westbrooks of Darnestown.

Shirley Madow, 90, a volunteer with youth groups at Temple Oheb Shalom, died Saturday of pulmonary failure at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. She lived at the North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville.

The former Shirley Hurwitz of Roxbury, Mass., moved to Baltimore in 1941 with her late husband, Simon Madow. Services were held Sunday.

She is survived by a son, Selvin Madow of Pikesville; a sister, Jerri Levitt of Boston; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

Evelyn Wilford Mann, 83, who operated a service station in Severna Park with her late husband, John E. Mann, died Friday of cancer at her home at Heritage Harbor in Annapolis.

Services for the native of Featherstone, England, were held Monday. She is survived by a son, M. Gordon Mann of Crownsville; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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