Robert Gordon Stewart, 81, Western Electric employeeRobert...

March 19, 1996

Robert Gordon Stewart, 81, Western Electric employee

Robert Gordon "Corky" Stewart, a native of South Baltimore and retired Western Electric Co. employee, died Friday of myleodysplasia, a form of leukemia, at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Del. He was 81 and lived in South Bethany, Del.

He graduated from Southern High School, where he played soccer and was named to an All-Maryland team. After graduation, he joined Western Electric at its Point Breeze plant on Broening Highway and retired as a claims adjuster in 1976 after 39 years.

In 1940, he married the former Rose C. Adams, who survives him. Before moving to Delaware after Mr. Stewart retired, the couple lived in Baltimore and Catonsville.

An avid sports fan, he played soccer into his 50s and was the last surviving member of the Wing Foot Amateur Soccer Club of Baltimore, said his daughter, Susan C. Stewart of Catonsville.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Other survivors include a son, Timothy S. Stewart, and a sister, Dolly Tracey, both of Catonsville; two granddaughters; and several nephews and nieces.

Klare L. Hamburger, 89, teacher, social worker

Klare L. Hamburger, a former teacher and social worker, died March 8 of congestive heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 89.

She graduated from Goucher College in 1928 and worked as a social worker for the old Baltimore Emergency Relief Commission during the Great Depression. She later taught history at the Park School from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s.

She was a Pikesville resident for 47 years before moving to Broadmead, a retirement community, 12 years ago.

The former Klare Lobe was a native Baltimorean who married Dr. Louis P. Hamburger Jr. in 1928.

A memorial service will be held at 2: 30 p.m. April 13 at Broadmead, 13801 York Road, Cockeysville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Frederica Gries of Washington; and three grandchildren.

William John Kowalski, 81, Baltimore police officer

William John Kowalski, a Baltimore police officer for 20 years, died Friday at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown of congestive heart failure. He was 81.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, he was a police officer from 1951 until 1971. After retiring from the police force, he was a courthouse bailiff for several years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

He and the former Madeline Rutkowski were married for 61 years.

About six years ago, the couple moved to Hagerstown to live with their daughter, Marlene McVeagh, and her husband, Hugh McVeagh.

He also is survived by a sister, Virginia Janowiak of Dundalk.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

George F. Krepp, 72, Western Electric engineer

George F. Krepp, an engineer at Western Electric Co. for 40 years, died Saturday at his Timonium home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 72.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1942 and joined Western Electric, where he remained except for service in the Army during World War II until his retirement in 1982.

During the first years of his retirement, he and his wife of 46 years, the former Theresa Satti of Baltimore, traveled frequently. He also enjoyed cultivating roses.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. today at St. Joseph's of Texas Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville.

Survivors include his wife; and two daughters, Christine Krepp Rykojc of Parkton and Debra Ann Calvert of Hamilton.

Gwendolyn Atkinson, 64, Baltimore schools teacher

Gwendolyn Atkinson, a teacher in Baltimore public schools for 20 years, died of bone cancer March 3 in Atlanta. She was 64.

She was a 1960 graduate of what now is Morgan State University and earned her master's degree in special education from Coppin State College, specializing in work with emotionally disturbed children.

In 1980, she left Baltimore to accept an administrative position with the federal Department of Education in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She retired in 1986 and returned to her native Atlanta.

A memorial service was held Sunday. Her husband of 38 years, Eugene Atkinson, died in 1992. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Mitchell Moss of Atlanta.

Mary W. Corby, 85, special education teacher

Mary W. Corby, a special education teacher and counselor in Baltimore City for 35 years, died March 2 of heart failure at Charlestown Retirement Community, where she had lived since 1990. She was 85.

The former Mary Washburn was a native of Middlesex, N.Y. She graduated in 1929 from the old Towson State Normal School and later earned a bachelor's degree from what now is Towson State University in 1936; and master's degrees in 1956 and 1966 from Loyola College.

Services for the former Dickeyville resident were private.

Her husband of four years, Salvatore Corby, died in 1945. Survivors include a brother, Carlton A. "Rusty" Washburn Sr. of Baltimore; a sister, Dorothy W. Dubinskas of Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville; two nephews, Carlton A. Washburn Jr. of Worton and Brian J. Washburn of Monkton; and a niece, Sally Ann Mickel of Monkton.

Pub Date: 3/19/96

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