Virginia L. Cilento, 62, geriatrics counselorVirginia L...

April 27, 1996

Virginia L. Cilento, 62, geriatrics counselor

Virginia L. Cilento, a city health department geriatrics counselor from 1979 to 1986, a volunteer at homeless shelters and a city school system employee from 1990 until last year, died April 19 of cancer at Medbridge Rehabilitation Center in Essex. She was 62.

She attended the Community College of Baltimore in 1986 and Coppin State College from 1993 to 1994.

She was born Virginia Williams and, in 1951, graduated from Seton High School. She and Donald Cilento were married in 1952. They were divorced in 1972.

Services were held Thursday.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Cilento-Herron of Timonium and Carole Lee Cilento of Buck's County, Pa.

Oscar F. Haupt, 98, haberdasher, dancer

Oscar F. Haupt, a retired Baltimore Street haberdasher and award-winning ballroom dancer, died Tuesday of heart failure at Augsburg Lutheran Home. The former longtime Hamilton resident was 98.

Mr. Haupt spent his working years selling straw and felt hats, and ties, shirts and other men's furnishings when Baltimore Street was the city's center for men's clothes and accessories.

He had worked through the late 1950s until his retirement in the early 1960s, for Clifton Park Clothes. Earlier, he worked for Tru-Fit Clothes. His first job was in 1930 with Sarnoff-Irving, which eventually changed its name to the Woodrow Hat Store, at E. Baltimore St.

Known as a natty dresser, Mr. Haupt was featured during the 1920s in a Baltimore newspaper photo feature as "the best dressed man on the street."

After retiring, he was a part-time manager for the old Northwood and Hillendale theaters until he retired again in 1975.

During the silent-movie days, Mr. Haupt worked in Baltimore movie houses performing sound effects and singing to give the impression that the characters in the film actually were singing.

He and his wife, the former Grace Langley, met at Carlin's Park roller rink, where the two shared an interest in dancing and skating. They married in 1927.

During the 1920s, they won awards for waltzes and fox trots at Keith's Garden Roof, the 5th Regiment Armory and at Carlin's. Mrs. Haupt died in 1979.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4815 Hamilton, where Mr. Haupt was a member.

He is survived by three sons, Edward O. Haupt of Baltimore; the Rev. James M. Haupt of Oakland, Calif., and Harry G. Roth of Lockport, Ill.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Eugene J. Schmelz, a draftsman and retired union steamfitter, died Wednesday of complications from liver cancer at his Parkville residence. He was 73.

Mr. Schmelz retired in 1985 from Steamfitters Local 486, AFL-CIO, which he had belonged to for 40 years. He was most often assigned to the industrial contracting firm of Heat & Power Corp. in Essex. He also taught trade mathematics and drafting for the union's apprenticeship program.

After retiring, he worked for three years as a draftsman for Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems in Hunt Valley until he retired a second time in 1988.

Born and raised in Northeast Baltimore, Mr. Schmelz was educated at Polytechnic Institute, attended McCoy College of the Johns Hopkins University and, during World War II, was a member of the Navy V-12 program at Cornell University. He was discharged in 1946.

He was a 50-year member and taught Sunday school at Faith Presbyterian Church, 4500 Loch Raven Blvd.

Services will be held at 12: 30 p.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Nancy Tyrie; three sons, John E. Schmelz of Baltimore, Lawrence A. Schmelz of Silver Spring and Mark A. Schmelz of West Point, N.Y.; a daughter, Nancy C. Craver of Towson; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 4/27/96

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