Edwinna B. Havens, 73, department store managerEdwinna...

December 07, 1997

Edwinna B. Havens, 73, department store manager

Edwinna Bonnell Havens, a former Baltimorean who managed the Hochschild Kohn and Co. china department, died Wednesday in San Diego after a 20-year battle with cancer. She was 73.

She was born and raised in Roland Park, where she graduated from Bryn Mawr School in 1942. During World War II, she worked at the Bendix radio division in Towson.

After the war, she went into retail marketing and was responsible for the display windows of such venerable Baltimore companies as Samuel S. Kirk and Sons silversmiths and A. H. Fetting jewelers.

She went to work in the mid-1940s for Hochschild Kohn, helped in its first suburban venture when it established a store in the Edmondson Village Shopping Center in 1947, and subsequently worked at the company's Belvedere Avenue and York Road store.

In 1949, she and Stanley Jameson were married. He died in 1964. She married Rex Havens in the 1960s and settled in San Diego. He died in 1994.

A memorial service was held yesterday.

She is survived by two daughters, Jessie H. Prim and Jenifer Havens, both of Dallas; a brother, Robert Bonnell Jr. of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The Rev. John Leigh Smith, a former teacher and pastor who was president of the board of Tuscany-Lombardy apartments in North Baltimore, died of leukemia Nov. 30 at his home there. He was 67.

Dr. Smith retired to the apartments in 1992 after living in Istanbul, Turkey, for five years while he was a visiting professor of philosophy at Marmara University and financial officer of Uskudar American Academy, a high school for girls.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dr. Smith graduated from Roanoke College in Virginia in 1952 and the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia in 1955. He received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Virginia.

He was pastor of a church in Greeneville, Tenn., from 1955 to 1959, and of one in Staunton, Va., from 1959 to 1964. He taught and was a department head at Valparaiso University in Indiana from 1968 to 1987.

In retirement, he was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St., where services are planned for 3 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Mary McAmis; a son, Leigh Morris Smith of Cincinnati; a daughter, Katrina Johanson Smith of Hartford, Conn.; a sister, Elizabeth Lottich of Uniontown; and two grandsons.

John W. Herrmann, 102, correspondent, Sun printer

John W. Herrmann, a retired Baltimore Sun printer and former newspaper correspondent, died of respiratory failure Nov. 30 at a nursing home in Sisters Bay, Wis. He was 102.

Mr. Herrmann moved to Wisconsin two years to be near his daughter. He formerly lived at Kirkwood House near Hillendale and earlier was a longtime resident of Irvington.

Born in Leck, Germany, Mr. Herrmann learned his trade at a newspaper published by his family. He moved to the United States in 1932.

In 1937, he went to work as a printer for the now-defunct Baltimore Correspondent, a German-language newspaper founded in the city in 1841. He learned English, family members say, while working as a Linotype operator for Dulaney-Vernay Printing Co.

He was a Linotype operator for The Baltimore Sun from 1947 until retiring in 1962.

Until his mid-90s, Mr. Herrmann wrote newspaper articles for German publications.

Family members said he attributed his longevity to "moderation in everything," with a glass of beer and two cigarettes per day.

His wife of 62 years, the former Anne Somer, died in 1985.

He was the oldest member of Zion Lutheran Church at City Hall Plaza, where a memorial service is planned at 10: 30 a.m. today.

He is survived by a son, John E. Herrmann of Fallston; his daughter, Elizabeth Schroeder of Ephraim, Wis.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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