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November 28, 1996

Edgar F. Lassahn Sr., 82, owned funeral home

Edgar F. Lassahn Sr., the third-generation owner of a Northeast Baltimore funeral home, died Nov. 16 of cancer at his Bowleys Quarters home. He was 82.

He was a teen-ager when he joined Lassahn Funeral Homes, which was established by his grandfather, Frederick Lassahn, in the 7400 block of Belair Road in 1864. A second establishment was opened in Kingsville in 1969.

Edgar Lassahn took over the business in 1946 after the death of his father, Henry C. Lassahn, and retired in 1976.

"He still came in everyday because he loved the business and he liked people," said a son, Edgar F. Lassahn Jr., who now operates the funeral establishment.

Mr. Lassahn was a Baltimore native who graduated from Towson High School in 1932 and the Renourd Embalming School in New York City in 1933. That year he joined the family business.

He was a member of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association.

Services were held Nov. 19.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former M. Eleonora Albrecht; another son, Ronald C. Lassahn of Overlea; a daughter, Janet E. Hess of Overlea; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bessie M. Deck Mitchell, 80, who had been a piano teacher, church organist and choir director in Baltimore, died Nov. 15 of heart failure at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

The Baltimore native was married for 20 years to Phillip F. Mitchell, who died in 1991. Her first husband, John B. Deck, died in 1965.

Funeral services were held Nov. 18 in Newark.

She is survived by two sons, the Rev. Charles F. Deck of Newark and Keith P. Mitchell of Westminster; three daughters, Carole A. Miles of Newark, Estelle Paxton of Glen Burnie and Charlotte Babicky of Florida; four sisters, Thelma Grant of Baltimore, Doris Gove of Buffalo, Wyo., Marion Scherer of Glen Burnie and Mildred Bangs of Grasonville; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Anita Wall Kearney, 65, a lifelong Baltimore resident, died of a heart attack Nov. 14 at home in Ednor Gardens.

The former Anita Wall worked as a medical secretary at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and for private physicians.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Nov. 18.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, William G. Kearney; and two sons, Mark J. Kearney and William G. Kearney, both of Baltimore.

John G. Mohler Sr., 85, a lifelong Catonsville resident and founder of an insurance agency, died Nov. 11 of pneumonia at home.

The World War II Army veteran founded the Mohler Insurance Agency in 1950 and sold it in the early 1980s.

Services were held Nov. 13.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Leila Matthews; a son, John G. Mohler Jr. of Catonsville; four daughters, Anne Brooke Walker of Waldorf, Elizabeth Mohler Bradley of Timonium, Mary Brent Van Wyngaarden of Catonsville and Frances Neal Schroeter of Mount Airy; a sister, Gladys Mohler Johnson of Chestertown; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Pub Date: 11/28/96

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