Marcia Boddie Brown, 67, owned cleaning serviceMarcia...

April 27, 1997

Marcia Boddie Brown, 67, owned cleaning service

Marcia Boddie Brown, who owned a cleaning service for homes and offices and was director of the Madison Avenue YWCA in the late 1970s, died of cancer Monday at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 67.

From 1988 until she retired in 1992, she operated Mrs. Cleaning Services. She was director of the YWCA from 1977 to 1980. She also was a longtime member of Union Baptist Church.

A Baltimore native, she was a 1947 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1951 and a master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1953. She returned to Baltimore in the early 1970s and worked at the Maryland Residential Manpower Center in Woodstock.

Two marriages ended in divorce. She was married in 1983 to the Rev. Edward A. Brown, who died in 1987.

She is survived by a son, Leroy C. Evans Jr. of Superior, Wis.; a daughter, Crystal-Cleer L. Cummings of Baltimore; two brothers, James T. Boddie Jr. of Fort Washington and William L. Boddie of Atlanta; a sister, Vashti O. Roberts of Menifee, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 12: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Frank B. Gorman, 88, headed storage firm

Frank B. Gorman, retired president of a Baltimore cold storage company, died April 20 of congestive heart failure at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm. He was 88.

The former Towson resident went to work for Consolidated Cold Storage Co. as a salesman in the early 1960s and retired as president in 1975. The business on Camden Street was demolished for construction of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Born and raised in St. Clair, Pa., Mr. Gorman earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1933 from Pennsylvania State University and moved to Baltimore in 1937.

He enlisted in the Army during World War II, served with the 84th Infantry and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

He was active in the Kiwanis Club of Baltimore for many years and was an avid golfer and card player.

He was married for 46 years to the former Betty Lenzen, who died in 1989.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph F. Gorman of Lansdowne, Pa., and Thomas J. Gorman of Downingtown, Pa., and five grandsons.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hydes.

Effie W. Thornton, 80, beautician, cafeteria worker

Effie W. Thornton, a former beautician and cafeteria worker, died of cancer April 12 at her East Baltimore home. She was 80.

She operated Thornton Beauty Salon in East Baltimore from 1955 to 1965 and was a city schools cafeteria worker during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

She was born Effie Wall in Lilesville, N.C., and moved to Baltimore in 1934. Five years later, she married Eustace Thornton Sr., who died this year.

Services were held April 18. She is survived by three sons, Eustace Thornton Jr., Dwayne Thornton and Ernest Wall, and six daughters, Kathleen Ranson, Ida Thornton, Mender Montgomery, Diana Winkler, Josephine Williams-Harris and Verona Shannon, all of Baltimore; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Manuel Jacob Schenker, 84, Annapolis businessman

Manuel Jacob Schenker, a longtime Annapolis businessman once called "the dean of Main Street," died at his home of heart failure on Friday. He was 84.

An Annapolis native, Mr. Schenker graduated from the Johns Hopkins University and took over his father's Family Shoe Store on Main Street in 1950. He retired in in 1983, and the store closed a few years later.

His daughter, Ellen S. Papetti of Onancock, Va., said her father was an original member of the Annapolis Businessmen's Association and was so well known in the shopping area that the popular Chick and Ruth's Delly once had a sandwich named for him on the menu: the "Manny Schenker," chopped liver and onions.

He was also active in Annapolis' Jewish community, as a past president and board member for 45 years at Congregation Kneseth Israel and past president of the Allen J. Reiter Lodge of B'nai B'rith.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Schenker is survived by his wife, Rita C. Schenker; two sons, Samuel S. Schenker of India and Lee Ostroff of New City, N.Y.; a brother, Samuel Schenker of Annapolis; and five grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Road, Annapolis.

Pub Date: 4/27/97

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