John C. McPherson III, 74, ice company ownerJohn C...

October 15, 1997

John C. McPherson III, 74, ice company owner

John C. McPherson III, a retired insurance agent and owner of a Northeast Baltimore ice company, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Glen Arm resident was 74.

At the time of his death, Mr. McPherson was owner and president of Community Ice Co. on Belair Road, which was founded in 1921. It is said to be the oldest family-owned ice company in Baltimore.

He began working part time at Community in 1946 and became owner in 1972.

He was a Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. agent for 32 years and retired in 1982.

Born in Letohatchie, Ala., Mr. McPherson was a 1941 graduate of Baltimore City College. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945 during World War II.

He was a grandmaster of the Boumi Temple and was active in the Lions Club of Overlea and the Belair Road Business Association. He was a member of the Parkville Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

He enjoyed golfing and bowling.

Services are set for noon todayat Lassahan Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road in Overlea.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Shirley Jane Huber; two sons, Dr. Scott James McPherson of Baltimore and John C. McPherson IV of Rosedale; two daughters, Shirley Jane Bridgeland of Ellicott City and Janet Lee McPherson of Hanover, Pa.; a sister, Edith Cadden of Timonium; and 11 grandchildren.

Gladys S. Fischer, 97, telephone operator

Gladys S. Fischer, a retired telephone operator who crocheted afghans and footwear for nursing home residents in Carroll County, died of heart failure Sunday at home in Westminster. She was 97.

Mrs. Fischer left school in the eighth grade to help support her family. She worked briefly in a Baltimore department store before going to work as an operator for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland.

She later worked as a clerk for Western Maryland Railway and, at the beginning of World War II, joined the Glenn L. Martin plant in Middle River, where she wired airplanes.

After the war, she was a Southern Hotel telephone operator until she joined The Baltimore Sun Co. as assistant chief operator in 1947. She retired in 1964.

Known as Aggie, the former Gladys Schultheis was born and raised in West Baltimore.

She was married for many years to the late Clarence A. Fischer, a former accountant.

She was a communicant of St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St. in Westminster, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

She is survived by three daughters, Annabelle F. "Sue" Fischer of Westminster and Julia Nawrot and Mary A. Peeling, both of Owings Mills; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. Bernard Leo "Mike" Kayes, a retired Army captain and veteran of two wars, died of Alzheimer's disease Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla., where he resided. He was 80.

Born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in Geneva, N.Y., Mr. Kayes joined the Army in 1942 and served in World War II and the Korean War. In 1965, nearing the end of his military career, he was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground as an instructor.

After he retired in 1968, he lived in Joppatowne, where he worked in the air quality unit for Baltimore County. He moved to Florida in 1980.

A memorial service is set for today in Boca Raton.

Survivors include his wife, the former Evelyn Irey, whom he married in 1945; four sons, Patrick Kayes of Raleigh, N.C., Bernard L. Kayes Jr. of Baltimore, Robert Kayes of Miami and Sean Kayes of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four daughters, Lynda Kayes of Boca Raton, Michelle Kayes of Bel Air, Marilyn Alexy of Fort Myers, Fla., and Katherine Dominic of Havre de Grace; a brother, Michael Kayes of Hollywood, Fla.; three sisters, Patricia Brennan and Betty Carty, both of Geneva, and Connie Banta of Oswego, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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