Henrietta Williamson, 79, farm wife, mother of...

June 01, 1996

Henrietta Williamson, 79, farm wife, mother of seven

Henrietta D.F. Williamson, 79, a Baltimore-born farm wife and mother of seven in Seven Valleys, Pa., for the last 35 years, died Wednesday of pneumonia in a York, Pa., hospital. She and her husband of 42 years, Charles E. Williamson Jr., who died in 1991, owned a 125-acre farm.

The former Henrietta Fries grew up in South Baltimore, attending Sacred Heart of Jesus parochial school. During the 1930s, she worked at McCormick & Co.'s old Light Street plant.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Robert M. Goodling Funeral Home, 62 Main St., Seven Valleys.

Survivors include three sons, Ronald P. Haase of Sun Valley, Pa., Robert Haase of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Charles Williamson of Red Lion, Pa.; four daughters, Sharon Privitera of Columbia, Charleen Williamson of Bethlehem, Pa., Cheryl Shaffer of York and Jeane Bruder of Suffern, N.Y.; four brothers, James Fries and John Fries, both of Baltimore, Harry Fries of California and Frank Fries of Virginia; three sisters, Mary Bahr, Betty Kipp and Gloria Chubb, all of Baltimore; 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Charles Protzman Jr., 68, cabinetmaker

Charles William Protzman Jr., a retired cabinetmaker who was known in the trade for superior craftsmanship and by his customers for innovative designs, died May 25 of cancer in Ocean City. He was 68.

Mr. Protzman's love of woodworking began as a child when he built model airplanes in the basement workshop of his Catonsville home.

Born in Illinois, he moved as an infant with his family to Catonsville, where he graduated in 1946 from Catonsville High School. Mr. Protzman studied education at the University of Maryland College Park.

From 1957 to 1963, he taught vocational education and industrial arts at Edmondson High School and Samuel Gompers High School.

In 1963, he established Charleon Customer Cabinet Co. on Port Street in Baltimore, where he manufactured speaker systems, consoles and commercial cabinetwork until he closed the business in 1975. He then worked for several area cabinetmaking firms until he retired in 1992.

Family members said he was known as a perfectionist who was often called upon to develop solutions to unique and difficult woodworking problems, which sometimes resulted in specialized tooling and fixtures.

Burdened for a decade with hip and knee problems and forced often to work while standing on crutches, Mr. Protzman underwent a hip and knee replacement in 1990 that allowed him to walk again without crutches.

"After the operation, we affectionately called him the $150,000 man," said a son, John W. Protzman of Severna Park.

In addition to building and flying model airplanes, collecting big-band music and woodworking, one of Mr. Protzman's accomplishments was building and operating one of Ocean City's first miniature golf courses in the early 1950s.

"It was located on 55th Street, and he had a policy that he'd return the money if a player thought the course was too easy," said another son, Charles Protzman III of Lutherville. "He never had to."

Mr. Protzman lived in Homeland for 34 years and maintained a time-share condominium in Ocean City.

He was an active member of St.Pius X Roman Catholic Church. He was involved in community affairs and was a former leader of Boy Scout Troop 1000.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today at St. Pius X, 6432 York Road.

Mr. Protzman is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Nancy Marie Wills; another son, William J. Protzman of Catonsville; three daughters, Carole J. Mistarka of Perry Hall, Cynthia A. Protzman of Homeland and Wendy P. Kohr of Glastonbury, Conn.; a sister, Suzanne P. Voelkel of Cape St. Claire; 10 grandchildren; and five nephews.

Isabella Brown Holt, who worked 25 years for Westinghouse Electric Corp. and in later years was known for the beautiful flower garden at her West Baltimore home, died May 21 of a stroke at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 87.

She was a printer-circuit processor at the Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant in Linthicum from 1959 to 1974.

The Baltimore native, who lived on Madison Avenue, graduated from the evening school at Frederick Douglass High School in 1950.

In 1930, she married John Walter Holt, who died in 1976.

She had been a member of Payne Memorial AME Church in West Baltimore since 1940.

Funeral services were held Tuesday.

She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Holt Jackson of Baltimore; a brother, Raymond D. Smith Sr. of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

John Vernon Cook, Jr. Hairstylist

John Vernon Cook Jr., a hairstylist for 30 years, died Monday at his Randallstown home of an undisclosed illness. He was 47.

A native of Middle River in Baltimore County, Mr. Cook began styling hair at age 17 and graduated from beauty school in 1965. His clientele was largely from the Pikesville and Randallstown communities.

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