The date of a funeral for George Creamer Wilcox Jr., who...

March 23, 1996

The date of a funeral for George Creamer Wilcox Jr., who died a week ago, was incorrect in yesterday's editions. The services are today at 1 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church at Garrison Boulevard and Liberty Heights Avenue.

The Sun regrets the error.

George Creamer Wilcox Jr., technical illustrator, 81

George Creamer Wilcox Jr., a technical illustrator who was active in Scouting for 50 years, died Sunday of Parkinson's Disease at Overlea Manor Nursing Home. He was 81.

Mr. Wilcox retired in 1987 from Mitsubishi in Hunt Valley, where he worked 10 years as an illustrator of machinery used in cardboard box manufacturing. He also had taught drafting at Dulaney High School and had been a technical artist for NASA.


The Baltimore native was a 1933 graduate of Park School who graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1937 and was a draftsman until being called into the Army in 1942.

His Scouting association was with Troop 21, sponsored by St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Northwest Baltimore.

He also was a co-founder in the 1930s of the Archaeological Society of Maryland, now the Maryland Archaeological Society.

Mr. Wilcox liked camping with his family in the Adirondacks, and model railroading, taking delight in setting up his family Christmas garden with many pieces that dated to childhood.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Garrison Boulevard and Liberty Heights Avenue.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Eleanor Reindollar; two sons, George R. Wilcox of Baltimore and David W. Wilcox of Overlea; and two grandchildren.

Bessie N. M. Silverwood, 86, church volunteer

Bessie N. M. Silverwood, a Guilford homemaker long active in church affairs and other volunteer work, died Wednesday in her sleep at Keswick Home. She was 86.

Mrs. Silverwood was a member of the Women's Association of Second Presbyterian Church, where she also was supervisor of Cradle Roll, an organization that helped new mothers and their babies. She also was a well-known member of the kitchen crew that prepared church dinners.

She volunteered for many years with Meals on Wheels and, when her sons were growing up, was involved with Boy Scouting. She also participated in many fund-raising drives by nonprofit organizations.

She was born Bessie N. Mitchell in Relay and was a 1928 graduate of Western High School. She was a switchboard operator at the Baltimore and Ohio railroad's Central Building at Baltimore and Charles streets until she and Harry E. Silverwood Sr. were married in 1931. Mr. Silverwood, an attorney, died in 1975.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Street and Stratford Road.

She is survived by two sons, Harry E. Silverwood Jr. of Timonium and Robert M. Silverwood of Columbia; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

E. John Schmitz Jr., 77, printing firm president

E. John Schmitz Jr., retired president of Schmitz Press who also was active in his church, died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in LaPlata. He was 77.

The Timonium resident father of 10 joined in 1940 the business his father established three years earlier. He was succeeded as president by his son, E. John Schmitz III. The Hunt Valley commercial printing firm specializes in full-color printing.

He served during World War II PHOTO with the 48th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Division, receiving a Bronze Star. He was long active at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, which he served as a lector, cantor and Eucharistic minister, as well as parish council president and Holy Name Society president.

The East Baltimore native was a graduate of Loyola High School and the University of Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue, Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Carmela DiMaggio; three sons, E. John Schmitz III and Paul B. Schmitz, both of New Freedom, Pa., and Joseph F. Schmitz of Phoenix; seven daughters, Mary E. Middleton of Waldorf, Beth Anne Fimowicz of Forest Hill, Mary J. Hucik of Parkville; Rose M. Marcin of Lutherville, Joan B. Campbell of Bel Air, Mary C. Malstrom of Phoenix and Patricia A. Hippleheuser of Allen, Texas.; two sisters, Mary J. Lurz of Baltimore and Barbara Winfrey of Middleburg; 26 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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