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November 29, 1997

Arthur F. Owen Jr., 57, purchasing manager

Arthur F. Owen Jr., a retired purchasing manager and former Baltimore resident, died Monday of complications from pulmonary failure at Olympus Specialty Hospital in Springfield, Mass. He was 57.

Mr. Owen, who was born and raised in Northeast Baltimore, retired in 1989 from the Jarvis East Co. in Palmer, Mass., where he began working in 1972.

His professional memberships included the Purchasing Management Association, where he had been a board member and president.

The Agawam, Mass., resident was a 1958 graduate of Kenwood High School and earned his bachelor's degree in business in 1963 from the University of Baltimore. He worked for Westinghouse Corp. and Maryland National Bank before going to work for Jarvis East.

An accomplished trumpet player, he studied at the Peabody Conservatory and was a member of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band during the 1960s.

He was a member of Agawam Congregational Church in Massachusetts, where a memorial service will be held today. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Philippa J. Vaccarino; a son, Arthur F. Owen III of Westfield, Mass.; a daughter, Kathleen A. White of Feeding Hills, Mass.; his mother, Anna J. Owen of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Agawam Congregational Church, 745 Main St., Agawam, Mass. 01001.

Donald F. Loetz Sr., 59, Baltimore firefighter

Donald F. Loetz Sr., a city firefighter and former Westminster resident, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Mercy Medical Center. He was 59.

At the time of his death, Mr. Loetz was assigned to Engine No. 30 and Truck No. 8. He had been stationed at the Frederick Avenue firehouse since he began his career 38 1/2 years ago with the Baltimore Fire Department.

A resident of Denton since 1994, Mr. Loetz was born and raised in Baltimore and was a 1956 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

He enjoyed bowling and fishing and was a member of the Sons of Legionnaire.

His marriage to the former Annetta Jones ended in divorce.

Services for Mr. Loetz will be held at 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Fellows, Helfenbein, & Newnam Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Road in Chester, Queen Anne's County.

He is survived by two sons, August Loetz of Stevensville and Donald Loetz of Denton; three daughters, Dawn Horney of Grasonville, Robin Bell of Greensboro, Caroline County, and Gail Tolson of Stevensville; his parents, August B. and Dorothy Bach Loetz of Denton; a stepbrother, Robert Greene of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Ruth Spicer of Westminster; and 13 grandchildren.

Louise L. Phoebus, 89, nurse at local hospitals

Louise L. Phoebus, a retired registered nurse who during her 50-year career worked at Sinai and Mercy hospitals, died in her sleep Thanksgiving Day at Bel Air Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 89.

A 1928 graduate of Church Home and Infirmary Nursing School, Mrs. Phoebus began her career that year at the old Sinai Hospital, on East Monument Street. When she retired there in 1962, she was night supervisor at the hospital, which had moved to West Belvedere Avenue in 1959.

She worked part-time in Mercy hospital's coronary care unit from 1965 to 1971, then went to Bel Air Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

"She loved nursing and loved taking care of people. She was very much an old-fashioned, hands-on nurse," said her daughter, Lois Galamba of Pottstown, Pa., also a nurse.

Mrs. Phoebus, a former Hamilton resident who moved to Bel Air in 1962, was born Louise Reid in Weston, W.Va., where she graduated from high school. She came to Baltimore in the late 1920s to study nursing.

Mrs. Phoebus was a longtime member of St. John's of Hamilton United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road in Hamilton.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her husband of 67 years, William W. Phoebus; a son, Richard W. Phoebus Sr. of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 11/29/97

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