Eileen Johnson Bowser, 76, longtime SSA employeeEileen...

November 29, 1996

Eileen Johnson Bowser, 76, longtime SSA employee

Eileen Johnson Bowser, a Jehovah's Witness who worked at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn for 25 years, died Saturday of apparent kidney failure in York, Pa. She was 76.

Born in Washington, the former Eileen Johnson was a domestic worker until 1955, when she took a clerical position with the SSA. She retired in 1980.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Red Lion, Pa.

Survivors include a son, Clifford W. Bowser Sr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Eileen B. Hawkins of Felton, Pa,; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 150 W. High St., Red Lion, Pa. 17356.

Thomas G. Nicholson III, 78, stationery account executive

Thomas George Nicholson III, a Baltimore native and account executive with several area stationery companies, died Nov. 12 of a heart ailment in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 78.

Raised in the Waverly community of Northeast Baltimore, Mr. Nicholson graduated from McDonogh School in 1937 and in 1941 from the Johns Hopkins University, where he lettered in four sports.

He served in the Navy during World War II and achieved the rank of lieutenant commander while stationed in the South Pacific. Upon his discharge, Mr. Nicholson was an account executive with several Baltimore-area bank stationery companies, most recently with American Bank Stationery Co., from which he retired in the mid-1970s.

Mr. Nicholson was a member of the Baltimore Country Club for more than 40 years and Kenwood Country Club in Washington.

Mr. Nicholson married Ann Davies in 1956, and the couple lived in Vero Beach, Fla., since his retirement.

A graveside service is planned for March.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Elizabeth N. Engel of Baltimore.

Stella Mae Schmidt, 89, homemaker, grill cook

Stella Mae Schmidt, a homemaker known for her crab cakes, died Nov. 20 of respiratory failure at Meridian Franklin Woods Care Center. She was 89.

The Middle River resident moved in the 1960s from Josehans Corner to an apartment above Midway Bar & Grill, then owned by a son.

Called "Mom" by the bar's customers, Mrs. Schmidt was acclaimed by them for her country-style cooking and crab cakes.

The former Stella M. Simmons was born and raised in Sugar Grove, W.Va. She later attended schools in Deerfield, Va., and as a teen-ager moved to Baltimore, where she met and married Herman C. Schmidt Sr., a streetcar motorman, in 1923.

The couple lived in Waverly before moving to eastern Baltimore County, where Mr. Schmidt built houses. He died in 1993.

Services for Mrs. Schmidt were held Saturday at Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Wilson Point.

She is survived by three sons, Robert E. Schmidt of Middle River, Herman C. Schmidt Jr. of Edgewood and Odis K. Schmidt of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a brother, Lelon Simmons of Churchville, Va.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Else G. Frank, 77, homemaker, hobbyist

Else G. Frank, a homemaker who enjoyed costume design, bird-watching and sailing, died Nov. 17 of an embolism at Anne Arundel General Hospital. She was 77.

A Severna Park resident since 1965, she was active in the Annapolis Opera Company, Panhellenic Club of Annapolis, Severna Park Republican Women's Club and Chartwell Garden Club.

Born in Staten Island, N.Y., the former Else Gabrielsen was the daughter of a United Fruit Co. steamship captain and as a child traveled with him through the Caribbean.

She studied at schools in Norway, New Orleans and Philadelphia and attended Pennsylvania State University. In the early 1940s, she married Frank E. Whitman Jr., who died in 1975.

She was a communicant of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, where a memorial service was held Saturday.

She is survived by her husband of 13 years, Louis Frank III; two sons, Greg Whitman of Elkridge and Steven Whitman of Arnold; three daughters, Susan Henderson of Arlington, Va., Leslie Whitman of Richmond, Va., and Janice Christiansen of Yorktown, Va.; and two stepchildren, Louis Frank IV of San Diego and Selby F. Bourke of Albuquerque, N.M.

Pub Date: 11/29/96

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