Deloris S. Wheeler, 60, antique collectorDeloris S...

April 21, 1997

Deloris S. Wheeler, 60, antique collector

Deloris S. Wheeler, a homemaker and antique collector, died April 14 of cardiac complications at her retirement home in Weslaco, Texas. She was 60. She lived part of the year in Crofton, where she moved 19 years ago. She was a sales associate and receptionist at the Robert Andrews Hair Salon in Crofton from 1979 until 1987.

She was born Deloris Sherwood in Shelbina, Mo., and was a member of Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton and the Christian Women's Club.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie.

Survivors include her husband, John R. Wheeler, whom she married in 1958; a son, Jeffrey R. Wheeler of Centreville; a daughter, Tammy E. Brasseaux of Hampstead; her mother, Dorothy M. Mayes of Mexico, Mo.; a brother, Rodean H. Sherwood of Mexico, Mo.; and three grandchildren.

Viola G. Gerstmyer, 92, Methodist churchwoman

Viola G. Gerstmyer, a Baltimore native and active church member, died in her sleep April 11at Forwood Manor Health Care Center in Wilmington, Del. She was 92.

Mrs. Gerstmyer, who was a member of Eutaw Methodist Church for 70 years, moved to the nursing home in 1994 from her Harford Road home, where she had lived since 1912.

Born Viola Norris, she graduated from Eastern High School in 1922 and was a stenographer. She married William August Gerstmyer in 1931. He died in 1976.

Services were held April 14. She is survived by a daughter, Betty G. Allen of Wilmington; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Samuel E. Conklin, 66, insurance executive

Samuel Edwin Egerton Conklin, an insurance executive who grew up and began his career in Baltimore, died of cancer April 11 at a hospice in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 66.

A 1948 Gilman School graduate, he attended Washington and Lee and Johns Hopkins universities before joining the Maryland Casualty Co. in 1954. He left in 1970 to work for several independent agencies.

Services for Mr. Conklin -- a descendant of Leonard Calvert, a founder and first Colonial governor of Maryland in 1634, according to his family -- were held Wednesday.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Gray; a daughter, Gray Conklin Pettinger; a son, Bennett Egerton Conklin; and a grandson. All are of Phoenix.

Mary Kolb Brown, 84, Girl Scouts employee

Mary Kolb Brown, a volunteer and a retired staff member of the Girl Scout Council of Central Maryland, died of cancer April 14 at Broadmead. She was 84.

She retired in 1974 after 23 years as an employee of the Girl Scouts. But she remained active as a volunteer for the organization and for Meals on Wheels, the Towson public library and the Maryland Science Center.

The native Baltimorean, who graduated from Eastern High School, moved to the Broadmead retirement community from Northeast Baltimore in 1992.

A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. April 28 at Broadmead.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph D. Brown, whom she married in 1936; a brother, Matthew L. Kolb Jr. of Baltimore; two nephews; and two nieces.

Edna A. Sparks, 84, attorney

Edna A. Sparks, a retired attorney with the Social Security Administration, died Tuesday of a cerebral hemorrhage at the University of Colorado Hospital. She was 84.

She was traveling to the West Coast when she was stricken at the Denver Airport.

The former Towson resident, who had lived at Broadmead since 1986, retired in 1981.

She was born Edna Amtos in Lansdale, Pa. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1934 from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree in 1941 from George Washington University.

Services were private. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Sparks; a son, John Sparks of Issaquah, Wash.; a daughter, Joan S. Griffin of Petaluma, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 4/21/97

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