November 12, 1997

Gertrude L. Plumhoff, 88, college bookstore manager

Gertrude L. Plumhoff, a homemaker and retired college bookstore manager, died Oct. 23 of complications of a fall at Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 88.

Mrs. Plumhoff lived in Stoneleigh for 47 years and moved to Edenwald in 1985. She managed the bookstore at Baltimore Junior College, now Baltimore City Community College, from 1954 to 1972.

She was a member of Govans Methodist Church, where she had served as treasurer and circle chairman of the Women's Society. She also belonged to the Homemaker's and Travel clubs.

She enjoyed bridge, sewing and baking cakes that were sold at the Woman's Industrial Exchange.

The former Addie Gertrude Leight was born in Waverly and was a 1927 graduate of Eastern High School. She worked at Western Union until she married James E. Plumhoff Sr. in 1933.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at Edenwald, 800 Southerly Road.

A son, J. Earle Plumhoff Jr., a Towson attorney, died in 1988. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Mary Ellen Menzel of Timonium; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Charles H. Harper Jr., 68, towing company president

Charles H. Harper Jr., retired president of a Baltimore towing and lighterage business, died of complications from surgery Thursday at Church Hospital. He was 68 and a Guilford resident.

He retired in 1986 after 30 years as president of Charles H. Harper and Associates. The Canton company operated five tugboats and 20 barges and primarily delivered coal to Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.

The company, which was dissolved at his retirement, was established by his great-grandfather as Hamilton Coal Co. in Baltimore Harbor in the mid-1800s.

After he retired, Mr. Harper was a consultant to the maritime industry.

The Baltimore native graduated from Gilman School in 1947, the University of Virginia in 1951 and the University of Maryland School of Law in 1954.

He was a member of the Maryland Club, the Wednesday Club and the Propeller Club.

He was a communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral and Read streets, where a memorial service was set for 11: 30 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Brigitte Holthaus; two sons, Charles A. Harper III of Guilford and James A. Harper of Glen Burnie; and several cousins. Mary Amanda Simmons, a homemaker, died of natural causes Nov. 3 at home in West Baltimore. She was 104.

She moved from Blackstone, Va., to Baltimore to live with a daughter in 1989. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church on Loch Raven Boulevard.

The former Mary Amanda Lewis married John Watkins Simmons in 1912. He died in 1968.

Services were held Friday.

She is survived by a son, Archer H. Simmons of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two daughters, Sara L. Malone and Mary A. Hawkins, both of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mary E. "Betty" O'Hara, 67, restaurant hostess

Mary E. "Betty" O'Hara, a hostess in restaurants in the Glen Burnie area, died of cancer Oct. 29 at her Glen Burnie home. She was 67.

The native of Scranton, Pa., grew up in Glen Burnie and graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1948. She was an avid Orioles fan and bingo player.

She was cremated and a memorial service is planned.

She is survived by two nephews, Thomas O'Hara of Pasadena and Patrick O'Hara of Rochester, N.Y.; and three nieces, Dawn Couzantino of Millersville, Kimberly O'Hara Scheppske of Glen Burnie and Tiffany O'Hara Coleman of Arbutus.

John A. Parker, 87, worked for American Can

John A. Parker, a retired truck driver, died of Alzheimer's disease Friday at a Kilmarnock, Va., nursing home. He was 87.

The former Northwest Baltimore resident worked at American Can Co. for 25 years, retired in 1971 and moved to Kilmarnock. Earlier, he was an orderly at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1936 to 1946.

The native of Surry County, Va., who moved to Baltimore in the 1930s, had been a deacon and usher at New Metropolitan Baptist Church in West Baltimore.

His wife of 35 years, the former Naomi Nickens, died in 1991.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in Lancaster, Va.

He is survived by a son, James A. Parker of Orange, N.J.; a daughter, Sarah R. Fryer of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Jennie Taylor and Liz Scott, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Martha McMiller and Alberta Poole, both of Surry County; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 11/12/97

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