James Edward Roper, 69, grocery store ownerJames Edward...

February 13, 1996

James Edward Roper, 69, grocery store owner

James Edward Roper, retired owner of a Northwest Baltimore grocery store, died Feb. 6 at Liberty Medical Center after suffering a heart attack at his Pimlico home. He was 69.

Born in Evergreen, Ala., and raised there and in Cincinnati, he came to Baltimore in 1950. Here he met his wife, Doris L. Thomas of North Carolina, whom he married in 1951.

After working for a time for a railroad and then as a stock clerk, in 1963 he opened a small grocery store, Roper's on Edmondson Avenue. The store burned down in the early 1970s, but he reopened at a new location at Pimlico Road and Quantico Avenue. He retired in 1992.

Services were to be held at noon today at Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church, 4016 Park Heights Ave., where he was a longtime member.

Other survivors include three children, Deborah L. Roper Clay of Randallstown, Sandra Roper Carroll of Towson and James Roper Jr. of Baltimore; a brother, Jimmy Lee Roper of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Theresa G. Freilich, 85, co-owned Pa. dress company

Theresa Ginzburg Freilich, who was co-owner of a dress company in Hanover, Pa., and a founder of the Hanover Hebrew Congregation, died Sunday of heart failure at her home on Park Heights Avenue. She was 85.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native worked in the clothing industry in New York during the Depression and afterward.

At the outbreak of World War II, she and her husband, Harry, whom she married in 1933, moved to Littlestown, Pa., where they operated a firm that helped make backpacks and parachutes for the military. Later, the firm moved to Hanover and continued with its military contracts until the war ended in 1945.

After the war, the company made dresses until 1974, when the Freilichs retired and moved to Baltimore. He died in 1976.

Mrs. Freilich chaired the Hanover Region of the Girl Scouts of America for eight years and held many other civic posts. In Baltimore, she continued such efforts.

Services were to be held at 9 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

She is survived by a son, Michael Lewis Freilich of Baltimore County; a daughter, Marilyn Breitman of Livingston, N.J.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bertha T. Keller, 73, administrative assistant

Bertha T. Keller, a retired bank administrative assistant, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The longtime Overlea resident was 73.

In 1973, she joined the Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. and retired in 1984. She was PHOTOrehired on a part-time basis and retired again in October. Earlier, she had been employed by Glenn L. Martin Co. from 1956 to 1971.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Carroll No. 376 and the Cardinal Gibbons Knights of Columbus mixed bowling league. She also volunteered at Stella Maris and had been active in Girl Scouting.

The former Bertha Truss was born and raised in Northeast Baltimore and was a graduate of Patterson Park High School.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, Belair Road and Willow Avenue, where she was a communicant.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Leonard M. Keller; a daughter, Nancy K. Stewart of Towson; two sisters, Nettie Recktenwald of Parkville and Trudy Hynes of Ocean City; and two granddaughters.

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