Clarence J. Mason, 65, plastics company employeeClarence...

June 04, 1996

Clarence J. Mason, 65, plastics company employee

Clarence J. Mason, a retired plastics company worker who liked collecting antiques, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at his Woodlawn home. He was 65.

Mr. Mason retired in 1984 on a medical disability from VECTRO Plastics Co. in Odenton, where he worked 15 years. He was a nurse's aide at the state's Crownsville Hospital Center from 1955 until 1969. Born and raised in Fauquier County, Va., Mr. Mason moved to Severn in 1955.

He collected antique clocks, furniture and baseball memorabilia, and enjoyed reading.

Services will be at 11 a.m. todayat Mount Olivet African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2 Hicks Ave., Annapolis.

He is survived by three sons, Andre Mason of Hyattsville, Delbert Howard of Glen Burnie and Terrence Wright of Annapolis; a daughter, Yolanda Clarke of Severn; and four grandchildren.

Wendy B. Hill, 33, computer system manager

Wendy B. Hill, a computer system and programming manager for a Baltimore pharmaceutical company, died Thursday in a motorcycle accident while vacationing in Key West, Fla. The Westminster resident was 33.

Mrs. Hill had worked since 1990 for Barre-National Inc.

Born and raised in West Friendship, the former Wendy Benhoff graduated from Glenelg High School in 1981 and attended Howard Community College. She formerly was computer system manager for Chaselle Art Supplies in Columbia.

Mrs. Hill was an avid equestrienne and had been a member of the Howard County Pony Club and the Howard County Hunt.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Haight Funeral Home, 6332 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg.

She is survived by her husband of four years, Steven W. Hill, and a stepson, Todd Hill, both of Westminster; her father, Robert A. Benhoff of Little Orleans; a brother, Mark L. Benhoff of Luray, Va.; and her paternal grandmother, Ruth C. Benhoff of Ellicott City.

Frank E. Lemmon, a retired wholesale liquor salesman, World War II veteran and avid square dancer, died of cancer May 28 at his home in Loch Raven Village. He was 75.

He retired in 1983 from H. W. Wright & Co., wholesale liquor distributors, where he was employed since 1951.

Born in Baltimore and raised on East 21st Street, Mr. Lemmon attended St. Bernard's School and Baltimore City College.

1986 PHOTO He enlisted in 1942 and during World War II was a medic in the Army's 3rd Armored Division in Germany. He was discharged in 1946 as a staff sergeant.

He continued an avid interest in World War II throughout his life and collected books and documentaries on the subject.

From 1950 to 1977, he was active at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church at Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue. He was a cantor, lector, president of the parish council and a member of many parish societies.

He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Baynesville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday.

Mr. Lemmon was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Parkville American Legion Post 183 and Parkville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9003.

He and his wife of 47 years, the former Sally Hammett, were members of the Gold Diggers, Jack of Diamonds and Ferree Wheelers square dancing clubs.

Other survivors include a son, Joseph S. Lemmon of Columbia; two daughters, Katherine A. Lemmon of Towson and Patricia A. Lauer of Hunt Valley; a sister, Constance Scott of Bel Air; and three grandchildren.

Henry Owen Simmons Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customer service representative and decorated soldier in World War II, died Saturday of liver failure at his home in Arnold. He was 82.

Mr. Simmons, an Anne Arundel County native, began as a lineman for BGE after graduation from Glen Burnie High School in 1932. He retired from BGE's Glen Burnie office in 1976.

Enlisting in the Army in 1942, Mr. Simmons saw action in Europe with the 84th Infantry Division at the Battle of the Bulge and later made the historic crossing of the Rhine River into Germany.

On Valentine's Day 1945, Corporal Simmons volunteered to rescue a wounded battalion surgeon who had crawled onto a minefield to attend two wounded soldiers. His action resulted in saving all three of their lives and earned him the Bronze Star for "heroic service in the face of enemy fire." He was discharged at war's end with the rank of sergeant.

He was a member of American Legion Post 40 in Glen Burnie and Broadneck Elks Lodge 2608 in Arnold. He was an avid vegetable gardener "who always grew more than he could possibly use," said a son, Henry O. Simmons III of Arnold. "He supplied the whole neighborhood with fresh vegetables all summer."

Mr. Simmons was married in 1940 to the former Doris DeAlba, who died in 1992.

He is survived by another son, Louis Simmons of Arnold; a sister, Margaret Heaphy of Pasadena; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home on Ritchie Highway. Memorial donations may be made to Anne Arundel County Meals on Wheels.

Pub Date: 6/04/96

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