Helen Roberta Cox: The funeral service for Helen Roberta...

October 06, 1997

Helen Roberta Cox: The funeral service for Helen Roberta Cox, 61, of Arnold, who died of cancer Friday, was reported incorrectly in yesterday's editions of The Sun. The service will be at 10: 30 a.m. today at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. The Sun regrets the error.

Helen Roberta Cox, 61, loan company manager

Helen Roberta Cox, a commercial loan company manager, died of cancer Friday at the Hospice of the Chesapeake Residence in Linthicum. She was 61 and lived in Arnold.

Mrs. Cox was a finance manager for Fleet Financial Group for many years, and most recently worked for Rose Shanis Financial in Annapolis.


She was born Helen Roberta Josephson in Pennsylvania and attended Cooper Township High School. She moved to Anne Arundel County in 1958 after marrying Carroll Cox, who died last year.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and bowling with friends.

Services will be at 10: 30 a.m. today at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie V. Klapaska of Arnold; two brothers, Richard Josephson of Fort Myers, Fla., and Bud Annis of Tionesta, Pa.; two sisters, Lois Johnson of Herndon, Va., and Jacqueline Smith of Glen Burnie; and two grandchildren.

Charles F. Hurley Sr., 87, Dorchester County educator

Charles F. Hurley Sr., a retired Dorchester County educator, died of unknown causes Friday at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 87 and resided in East New Market.

He began teaching at East New Market High School in 1937. He became principal there and at Hurlock and North Dorchester high schools from 1954 through 1963, when he was named county supervisor of social studies. He retired in 1976.

Mr. Hurley had served on the East New Market Town Council and had been mayor of the Eastern Shore town.

Born in Secretary, he received a bachelor's degree from Northwest Missouri State University and a master's degree from Columbia University.

He was a founding member of the East New Market Volunteer Fire Company, and volunteered at Dorchester General Hospital.

He was a 32nd-degree Mason and longtime member of the Hurlock Lions Club and Trinity United Methodist Church, where services were held yesterday.

He married Mildred Hallsa in 1935. She died in 1991.

Survivors include two sons, Charles F. Hurley Jr. of Cambridge and Kirk L. Hurley of Reisterstown; a daughter, Hyla Hurley of Washington; a sister, Daphne Blades of Smyrna, Del.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

M. Fred Cooper, 91, salesman, activist

M. Fred Cooper, a former salesman and community activist, died of heart failure Thursday at a convalescent center in Catonsville. He was 91 and lived in Reisterstown.

Born on a farm in Hampstead, he graduated from Franklin High School in 1925 and attended the now defunct Bluebakers Business College in Baltimore.

He joined National Cash Register Co., now NCR Corp., as a salesman during the Depression and retired in 1952. He also was involved in real estate ventures, farming and investments.

Drafted at age 38, Mr. Cooper served in Europe and saw combat in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

He was known in Reisterstown for his contributions to churches and community projects.

He was a longtime member of the Reisterstown Lions Club, where he was recognized as the single largest solicitor of funds for scholarships for needy and exceptional students. He also belonged to the Reisterstown Businessmen's Association; the Reisterstown, Glyndon, Owings Mills Chamber of Commerce; and American Legion Post 200 in Hampstead.

He was a longtime fan of the Baltimore Orioles.

In 1937, he married Ruth Keir, who died in 1979.

Services will be at 1 p.m. todayat Glyndon United Methodist Church, 4713 Butler Road.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Griffin Cooper, whom he married in 1987; a son, Henry Keir Cooper of Sykesville; two stepsons, Ragan Griffin of Reisterstown and Steve Griffin of Catonsville; a stepdaughter, Veronica Ann Eichelberger of White Hall; two grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 10/06/97

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