David E. Clement, 75, hardware store ownerDavid E...

June 13, 1997

David E. Clement, 75, hardware store owner

David E. Clement, the owner of a hardware store, died of heart failure Monday at his Severna Park home. He was 75.

The native of Sunbury, Pa., had owned and operated Clement Hardware Inc. at Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road in Severna Park since 1969.

Mr. Clement graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1944 and worked as an electrical engineer for the Sylvania Electric Co. in Seneca Falls, N.Y. In 1966, he moved to the Eastern Shore and worked in the hardware business before relocating to Severna Park and opening his store.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway.

Survivors include his wife, the former Edith Fuller, whom he married in 1944; four sons, Jeffrey Lawrence Clement of Severna Park, Charles Edward Clement of Takoma Park, Gordon Dean Clement of Annapolis and Mathew Wade Clement of Boulder, Colo.; a daughter, Helen Eileen Clement of New York; and five grandchildren.

Roberta C. Burns, 66, nurse, teacher

Roberta C. Burns, a nurse and former nursing teacher, died of cancer June 6 at home in Glyndon. She was 66.

Since 1986, she had worked in the operating room at Sinai Hospital. Before that, she taught operating-room skills at the old St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Towson for 14 years and worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1969 to 1972.

She was born Roberta Catt in Petersburg, Ind., and graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in 1951.

She enjoyed collecting antiques, knitting, quilting and re-upholstering furniture.

Services were Monday.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Barry Burns, whom she married in 1966; three sons, Jon Marshall Purcell of Gainesville, Fla., Clifford Andrew Purcell of Hays, Kan., and Paul Barry Burns of Reisterstown; a daughter, Angela Purcell-Patti of Owings Mills; a brother, Daniel Catt of Danville, Ill.; four sisters, Rosemary Abbott and Lois Hill, both of Petersburg, Sarah Sanders of

Rockport, Ind., and Ruth Sheldon of San Diego; and three grandchildren.

Samuel J. Avara, 57, transportation consultant

Samuel J. Avara, a transportation consultant and Baltimore native, died of pancreatic cancer June 4 at a hospital in Mayfield, Ohio. He was 57 and resided in Novelty, Ohio.

Mr. Avara formed a consulting firm in 1995 after serving in various transportation posts since the 1960s, including president Lend-Lease Trucking from 1988 to 1993.

Mr. Avara earned a bachelor's degree in transportation from the University of Baltimore and was an Air Force veteran.

Services were Tuesday.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Vicki Mulikin; a son, Glenn Avara of Altamonte, Fla.; a daughter, Kimberli Evans of Cleveland; his mother, Mary Avara, and a brother, Simon Avara, both of Baltimore; a sister, Carmelita Silanskas of Mont Verde, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Edith A. Lightner, 93, Baltimore homemaker

Edith A. Lightner, a homemaker, died of breast cancer June 5 at Manor Care Ruxton. The longtime Baltimore resident was 93.

The Pittsburgh native moved to Baltimore in 1907. She worked as a secretary at the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. from 1920 to 1923 before marrying a fellow worker, James P. Lightner, who died in 1972.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered June 9.

She is survived by two sons; James K. Lightner of Cockeysville and Ralph G. Lightner of Ellicott City; a brother, Howard J. Kapfer of Westminster; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/13/97

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