Elwood C. Pearman, 82, war veteran, machinistElwood C...

February 05, 1997

Elwood C. Pearman, 82, war veteran, machinist

Elwood C. Pearman, a Baltimore native and World War II veteran, died of pneumonia and heart failure Saturday at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. He was 82.

He worked for Potomac Dye and Finishing Co. from 1967 until it closed in 1974, and as a machine operator for 33 years at Hagerstown Rubber Co., which shut down in 1967.

Mr. Pearman's family left the Baltimore area when he was 3 and settled in the Williamsport area, near Hagerstown. He left school at age 16 to help support his family, working on the construction of Skyline Drive as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression.

Drafted into the Army in 1941, he served as a military policeman during World War II, rising to the rank of sergeant.

On Christmas Day 1941, he married D. Annabelle Ditto of Williamsport, who died in 1990.

He was a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie K. Woodard and Virginia L. Needy; a brother, Edward J. Pearman Jr.; and a sister, Evelyn M. Kline, all of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

William B. Wilson Sr., 65, technician with SSA

William B. Wilson Sr., a retired Social Security Administration typewriter technician, died of respiratory failure Friday at his West Baltimore residence. He was 65.

He retired in 1992 after 24 years at SSA's Woodlawn headquarters. Earlier, he had been employed for 15 years as a carburetor technician at Baltimore Rebuilders.

Known as "Sonny," he was born in Elkton and was raised in Kirkwood, Del. He graduated from Howard High School in Wilmington, Del., in 1949 and the next year enlisted in the Army. He was an infantryman in Korea and was discharged as a corporal in 1953.

He was a member of Shiloh Christian Community Church, 2500 W. Lombard St., where services will be held at 7 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Lottie Ponzo; three sons, William B. Wilson Jr., Willard Wilson and Alando Wilson; and three daughters, Charmaine Benjamin, Carmaine McRimmon and Pamela Brown, all of Baltimore; three brothers, Oliver Wilson, Ernest Wilson and Herman Wilson, all of Kirkwood; two sisters, Eleanor Williams and Alice Murphy, both of Wilmington; an aunt, Sarah Wilson of Wilmington; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Milton H. Van Newkirk, 90, owned printing business

Milton H. Van Newkirk, who owned a downtown printing company for more than 25 years, died of cancer Jan. 27 at the Masonic Home of Maryland retirement facility in Cockeysville. He was 90.

A lifelong East Baltimore resident, he opened Van Press Printing on Redwood Street in 1942 and soon after, moved to a larger location on Charles Street.

He retired in the early 1970s, after the city acquired his property for the Baltimore Convention Center.

Mr. Van Newkirk had been an active member of the Masons since 1928.

He married Helen M. Miller in 1934; she died in 1986.

A memorial service was held Saturday.

He is survived by a son, Carl D. Van Newkirk of Ellicott City; two daughters, D. Lynn Keil of Parkville and Leslie H. Sarantinos of Monkton; a brother, William C. Van Newkirk of Frostburg; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Lois A. Ankewitz, 83, chief financial officer

Lois A. Ankewitz, retired chief financial officer for Terminal Corp. in Baltimore, died Jan. 16 from complications after surgery in Upland, Calif. She was 83.

Born in Baltimore and a resident of the area until 1995, she was a graduate of Eastern High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in English literature from the Johns Hopkins University.

She was a historian for many years at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Brooklyn.

Services were Saturday. Survivors include a brother, George Ankewitz of Riviera Beach; and a sister, Muriel Ankewitz of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Katherine Larue Downs, 61, telephone operator, waitress

Katherine Larue Downs, a telephone operator, former waitress and longtime Hampden resident, died of cancer Jan. 29 at Mercy Medical Center. She was 61.

Mrs. Downs was a telephone operator at Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Co. from 1986 to 1995. Earlier, she worked at Ye-Eat Shoppe on 36th Street in Hampden for many years.

The former Katherine Grothe married Clarence Downs Jr. in 1950.

No service was planned.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Clarence Downs III of Baltimore and Timothy Downs of Fullerton; three daughters, Dorothy Greeley of Jessup, Grace Bopst of Finksburg and Mary Javed of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Myrtle L. Marcum, 72, who taught in Maryland public schools for 30 years, died Jan. 21 of complications of heart disease at her Baltimore home.

After graduating from Hood College in 1945, she began her teaching career in Frederick County. She later taught in Baltimore.

Services were held Jan. 25. Survivors include a brother, Thomas M. Marcum Sr. of Ijamsville; a nephew, Milton Marcum of Baltimore; and two nieces, Beverly A. Marcum of Chico, Calif., and Joyce D. Westen of Ijamsville.

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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