Paul 'Weenie' Wheaton, 41, played bass in bandPaul...

October 08, 1997

Paul 'Weenie' Wheaton, 41, played bass in band

Paul "Weenie" Wheaton, a musician who played bass in clubs and at events throughout the Baltimore area, died of liver failure Monday while visiting relatives in Denver. He lived in Northeast Baltimore and was 41.

Since 1976, Mr. Wheaton played the upright double bass with Swing Central, a local five-piece band.

A native of Detroit, Mr. Wheaton came to Baltimore to attend Peabody Institute and graduated in the early 1980s.

A memorial service is being planned.

Survivors include his wife, the former Diane Warner, whom he married in 1986; his parents, Robert J. Wheaton and Stephanie Wheaton of Littleton, Colo.; three brothers, Mark Wheaton of Anaheim, Calif., Gregory Wheaton of Woodbridge, Va., and Robert Wheaton of Fairfax, Va.; and three sisters, Katherine Mussi of Annapolis, Stephanie Perlowski of Evergreen, Colo., and Jeanmarie Baker of Daytona Beach, Fla.

Helen R. Keimig, a homemaker and accomplished seamstress, died of dementia Sunday at home in Northeast Baltimore. She was 90.

Mrs. Keimig, who lived in Hamilton for 69 years, enjoyed embroidery, crochet and needlepoint. She also sewed her children's clothes when they were young.

The former Helen R. Hinkle was born and raised on Darley Avenue in East Baltimore and was a graduate of St. James parochial school's commercial course.

She worked as a bookkeeper for a West Baltimore packing house from 1921 until 1926, when she married Edward J. Keimig, a United Railways streetcar motorman. He died in 1974.

Mrs. Keimig served as a Civil Defense air raid warden during World War II.

She was an active communicant and member of the Sodality at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. today.

She also is survived by two daughters, Mary R. Keimig of Hamilton and Margaret K. Crostic of Parkville; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Rufus Edward Hackett, 87, insurance agent

Rufus Edward Hackett, a Baltimore native and longtime insurance agent, died of heart failure Aug. 13 in Durham, N.C., where he lived. He was 87.

Mr. Hackett joined North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. as an agent in Baltimore in 1944. He moved to the firm's Durham offices in 1966 and retired in 1975.

He graduated from Douglass High School and, in 1934, from Morgan State College.

While at Morgan, he played basketball and later was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame. In 1958, he was named Morgan's Alumnus of the Year.

Mr. Hackett was a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, Dolphin and Etting streets.

He married Charlotte Parrott in 1935. She died in 1992. Survivors include a son, Rufus Edward Hackett of Marlboro, N.C.; a daughter, Veronica H. Fullwood of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

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