Leo M. Welsh, 85, City Council clerkLeo M. Welsh, a former...

February 15, 1996

Leo M. Welsh, 85, City Council clerk

Leo M. Welsh, a former chief clerk of the Baltimore City Council and a retired storm window salesman, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at a Harford County assisted care residence. The longtime East Preston Street resident was 85.

Described in newspaper accounts as a "longtime political lieutenant in the organization of Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr.," he was appointed chairman of the Baltimore City Board of Election Supervisors in 1949. He was chief clerk of the City Council from 1954 to 1970.

In 1985, he retired as a storm window salesman for the Birch Co.

Born in East Baltimore and orphaned at 18, he helped raise his six siblings while attending Calvert Hall College, from which he graduated in 1929.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road at Pelham Avenue, where he was a communicant and usher.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Ann Vernarelli; three sons, David Welsh of Parkville, Daniel Welsh of Kingsville and Donald Welsh of Seattle; a brother, John Welsh of New Jersey; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. Oswald Edward Chisholm II, a social worker with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, died Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital from complications of liver failure. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 39.

He had been employed by Housing Authority for 12 years and before that worked in the office of the registrar of wills.

The West Baltimore native was a 1974 graduate of Walbrook High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Towson State University in 1978.

Private services will be held today.

Survivors include a son, Damien Niles Chisholm; his mother and stepfather, Gordine and Sen. Clarence W. Blount; and a brother, Mark G. Chisholm. All are of Baltimore.

James J. Stricker, 58, retired produce clerk

James J. Stricker, a retired Giant Food produce clerk, died Feb. 4 of cancer at Hospice House in Naples, Fla. He was 58.

He retired from Giant's Cockeysville store in 1991 and moved from Parkville to Naples. He joined the grocery chain in 1965.

The East Baltimore native served in the Maryland National Guard.

Services are set for 8:30 p.m. today at the Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Eastern Ave., Essex.

Survivors include his wife, the former Elaine Ladic; a son, Francis R. Stricker of Anderson, Ind.; a daughter, Kimberly Rogers of Calvert County; a sister, Shirley Jachemski of Chase; and a grandchild.

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