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July 08, 1996

Sadie Fern Phillips, 93, played piano at theaters

Sadie Fern Crowe Phillips, who loved music and played piano for silent movies, died of respiratory failure Thursday at North Arundel Convalescent Center after a brief illness. She was 93.

Mrs. Phillips enjoyed playing piano at nursing homes and in talent shows at Lake Shore Baptist Church, where she was a member. In her youth, she provided piano accompaniment for silent movies.

"Music was her heart," said her daughter, Gloria A. Kraus of Pasadena. "She lived to play the piano."

Mrs. Phillips also played other instruments, including the ukulele and violin.

Born Sadie Fern Crowe in Newport News, Va., she moved as a child with her family to the Baltimore area.

Her first marriage to Earl McManus Sr. ended in divorce, and in 1950, she married James A. Phillips. He died in 1988.

Services are at 1: 30 p.m. today at Barranco and Sons funeral home at Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road in Severna Park. She will be buried at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Phillips is survived by two sons, Earl McManus Jr. of Long Beach, Calif., and Frank McManus of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Lake Shore Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1038, Pasadena 21122.

Edward L. Klarman, 74, Baltimore Sun printer

Edward L. Klarman, who retired from the composing room of The Sun after nearly 50 years, died Thursday of kidney failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 74.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Klarman attended parochial schools through the eighth grade and began working in the composing room of The Sun at age 15.

During World War II, he served in the Army for three years and was awarded the Bronze Star for campaigns in Normandy, northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He also received two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal.

He married Jean Waters in 1945, just before leaving the Army, then returned to The Sun as a printer's apprentice.

He became a composing room foreman, a post he held for many years before retiring in 1984 after 47 years.

Last year, Mr. Klarman and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Hawaiian cruise.

Mr. Klarman enjoyed fishing, crabbing and camping.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road.

Other survivors include two sons, Edward L. Klarman Jr. of Lovettsville, Va., and Jamie Klarman of Fallston; a daughter, Patricia Kellner of Glyndon; two brothers, Charles Klarman and William Klarman of Baltimore; a sister, Mary V. Klarman of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/08/96

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