Lillian Shapiro, 76, commercial artistLillian Shapiro, who...

March 10, 1997

Lillian Shapiro, 76, commercial artist

Lillian Shapiro, who worked as a commercial artist for Hutzler Bros. department stores and taught fashion illustration, died of cancer yesterday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 76 and had lived for decades in Mount Washington.

Miss Shapiro was born in Baltimore and graduated in 1938 from Forest Park High School. She attended the Maryland Institute of Art, where she later returned to teach fashion illustration for many years.

She soon began a 30-year career as a commercial artist for Hutzler Bros., once one of Baltimore's leading department stores. She left in 1980 to join The Sun's art department, where she worked for four years.

Miss Shapiro had continued to paint throughout her career, but after retiring she was able to devote time to watercolor, her preferred medium, said a niece, Ruth Lenrow of Lutherville. "She exhibited widely and won many awards for her work."

Miss Shapiro was a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Artists Equity and the Fells Point galleries.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

She is survived by a sister, Shirley Snyder; and three brothers, Sidney Shapiro, Frank Shapiro and Jerry Shapiro, all of the Baltimore area; and many nieces and nephews.

William Noellert Jr., 64, city teacher, principal

William Noellert Jr., a retired Baltimore elementary schoolteacher and principal, died of cancer Friday at Franklin Square Hospital. He was 64 and lived in Cub Hill.

Mr. Noellert was principal of James Monroe and Northwood elementary schools before retiring in 1985 after a 30-year career.

After he retired, he worked for eight years as a merchandiser for the Procter & Gamble Co., then for the last 10 years he managed his wife's musical career.

He was married for 33 years to the former Audrey Lane, a pianist and keyboard player, who survives him.

The Baltimore native graduated from Patterson High School in 1950 and Towson State University in 1954, then served two years in the Army, after which he started teaching in city elementary schools.

Mr. Noellert was a history buff and he used this knowledge and his store of trivia to write scripts for musical shows that he and his wife performed at nursing homes, senior citizen centers and other venues.

He was a member of the First United Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ and served on the church council.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at First United Church, 1728 Eastern Ave.

Other survivors include a son, William Lane Noellert of Cub Hill; a sister, Helen Silk of Overlea; and several nieces and nephews.

Anna E. Shire, 63, artist

Anna E. Shire, an artist, died of a stroke March 3 at Howard County General Hospital. She was 63 and lived in Catonsville.

Born in Baltimore, the former Anna Becker was a graduate of Clara Barton High School and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She worked in oils, acrylics, watercolor and pastels and was active in the local art community.

She was a member of Bishop Cummins Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church in Catonsville, where a memorial service was held Saturday.

She is survived by two sons, Gregory Shire of Gibsonia, Pa., and Andrew Shire of Columbia; and her father, John Becker of Cockeysville.

Inza Margaret Braxton, 76, bookkeeper

Inza Margaret Braxton, a retired bookkeeper, died of cancer Feb. 26 at home in Baltimore. She was 76 and until recently had lived in Randallstown.

Born in Harrisburg, Pa., the former Inza Taylor worked in the accounting department of a Philadelphia bank before retiring in 1980 and moving to Virginia.

She was married for 58 years to Richard B. Braxton, who died in 1995. The couple moved to Randallstown in the mid-1980s.

She was a member of Lochearn Presbyterian Church, where a memorial service was held Saturday.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce E. Coley and Juanona I. Martinez, both of Baltimore; two sons, Richard B. Braxton Jr. of Reston, Va., and Barraud I. Braxton of West Springfield, Mass.; a brother, Charles Henry Taylor Jr. of Philadelphia; seven grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a niece.

Pub Date: 3/10/97

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