Joseph Francis Neilson, 70, wine and spirits...

March 30, 1997

Joseph Francis Neilson, 70, wine and spirits salesman

Joseph Francis Neilson, a wine and spirits salesman, died of a heart attack Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. He was 70.

The Towson resident had planned to retire tomorrow from Reliable Liquors Inc. after 11 years with the distribution company. Mr. Neilson had worked 18 years for McCarthy-Hicks, a liquor distributor bought by Reliable in 1986.

Earlier he sold cars and electric shavers, and managed the downtown Remington Rand Inc. office equipment store for about 20 years.

Born and raised in Highlandtown, he graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1945 and joined the Army, helping to process troops at Fort Meade. He was discharged in 1946 as a sergeant.

A fan of "whatever sport of the season," Mr. Neilson was a fixture at Saturday games at Loyola College, Towson State University, Calvert Hall College and Mount St. Joseph High, said his wife of 33 years, the former Karen McCann.

He is also survived by two sons, Joseph C. Neilson of Towson and Timothy C. Neilson of New York; two sisters, Elisabeth Lackner and Dorothy Neilson, both of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 600 S. Conkling St. in Highlandtown.

William D. Chandler IV, 47, led home for the retarded

William Dwight Chandler IV, a group home leader in a Baltimore home for the mentally retarded, died of bacterial pneumonia Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 47.

The Northeast Baltimore resident was a paralegal in a Washington law firm before moving to Baltimore in about 1993.

He was born in Pensacola, Fla., and raised in Rockville, where he graduated from Winston Churchill Senior High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Tufts University in 1974, then served in the Army. He completed the University of Baltimore's paralegal course.

His marriage ended in divorce.

Survivors include his parents, Barbara and William Chandler III of McLean, Va.; two brothers, Christopher Chandler of Kirkland, Wash., and Scott Chandler of Placitas, N.M.; two sisters, Lynn Harrison of Rockville and Kathy Chandler of Alexandria, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Thursday.

Melvin W. Luette Sr., 87, Bethlehem Steel accountant

Melvin W. Luette Sr., who retired in 1975 after 40 years as a payroll accountant for Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Friday of lung cancer at ManorCare Health Services in Ruxton. He was 87 and a resident of the Perring Loch community in Northeast Baltimore.

Mr. Luette grew up in Baltimore, and was nearly killed as a 9-year-old when he was run over by a 10-ton coal truck. Dr. Walter Dandy Sr., a Johns Hopkins Hospital neurosurgeon, "put him back together," said a son, Melvin Luette Jr. of Pennsauken, N.J.

The boy spent six months in the hospital in a full-body cast.

"They didn't expect him to live, and they didn't expect him to walk, but he lived and he walked and he was a very good athlete," the son said.

A graduate of Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Luette completed a two-year accounting program in night school with the YMCA.

While working in the office of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Camden Yards in the 1920s, Mr. Luette met the woman he would marry, Catherine Rennie. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in February and lived in their home on Winford Road for nearly 40 years.

Mr. Luette was a member of Corinthian Lodge of the Masons for more than 60 years.

Services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday at Leonard J. Ruck funeral home, 5309 Harford Road.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Luette is survived by two other sons, Ronald C. Luette of Baltimore and Donald J. Luette of Boise, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Sister Mary Ann, 66, elementary teacher, dean

Sister Mary Ann Joseph Maddox, O.S.P., a parochial school elementary teacher and dean, died of heart failure Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Providence Health Care Center in Catonsville. She was 66.

Sister Mary Ann, a member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, was dean of students at Chicago's Holy Name of Mary Parochial School when she became ill two weeks ago and was moved to the order's motherhouse in Catonsville. She joined the school as a teacher in 1976. Beginning in 1958, she had taught at schools in Kansas, Alabama, the Carolinas and Michigan.

She was born Jane Romana Maddox in West Baltimore and graduated from St. Francis Academy in 1949 and Towson State University in 1982.

She joined the Oblate Sisters of Providence at the order's East Chase Street motherhouse in 1951.

A wake will be held at 7 p.m. and a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Mount Providence Chapel, 701 Gun Road, Catonsville.

She is survived by two brothers, George Maddox Jr. and Calvin Maddox, both of Baltimore; and five sisters, Mary G. Jenkins, Marva Neale, Patricia Marlowe, Barbara West and Sister Mary Ricardo Maddox, O.S.P., all of Baltimore.

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