Mary Belitz, 84, Baltimore schoolteacherMary Belitz, a...

December 21, 1997

Mary Belitz, 84, Baltimore schoolteacher

Mary Belitz, a former Baltimore schoolteacher and member of Daughters of the Confederacy, died Dec. 14 of Alzheimer's disease at Spa Creek Genesis Eldercare Center in Annapolis. The Towson resident was 84.

Born Mary Stewart in Baltimore, she graduated from Forest Park High School and what is now Towson University. She taught first grade and kindergarten in Baltimore and tutored students in grammar and mathematics.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Colonial Wars, the Huguenot Society, Green Thumb Garden Club and Baltimore Country Club. Her hobbies included music and painting.

A memorial service is being planned for next month at Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson.

She is survived by her husband, Walter B. Belitz; and a son, George W. Belitz of Annapolis.

Mildred R. Hoffman, 80, Social Security employee

Mildred Rosenstein Hoffman, a retired Social Security Administration employee who formerly helped run a swimming club concession stand, died Tuesday at the Annapolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 80.

Born in Hartford, Conn., she spent most of her life in Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School. She worked at Social Security in Woodlawn from the mid-1950s until retiring in 1978.

She had been an active member of the Rogers Avenue Synagogue and was president of its sisterhood. For many years, she operated the concession stand at the Colonial Village Swim Club with her second husband, Sol Hoffman, who died in 1993.

Her first husband, Harry Hoffman, Sol's brother, died in 1952.

She is survived by a son, Kenneth Hoffman of Severna Park; a sister, Florence Lerner of Columbia; and three grandchildren.

Services were Thursday.

Edwin O'Dell Lynch, 90, last scion of settler family

Edwin O'Dell Lynch, the last member of the Lynch family that settled the Patapsco Neck in eastern Baltimore County in the 1700s, died Dec. 3 of kidney failure at Franklin Square Hospital. He was 90.

Mr. Lynch was born and lived all his life in the 200-year-old clapboard house on the farm that was settled by Robuck Lynch. The house is one of the oldest in the Patapsco Neck area.

The farm, between Wise Avenue and Trappe Road, had grown to several hundred acres by the 19th century.

Mr. Lynch was a 1924 graduate of Sparrows Point High School and managed the farm after his father suffered a heart attack.

A business school graduate, Mr. Lynch was an accountant for Monumental Life Insurance Co. and later for 7-Up Bottling Co. in Catonsville for many years before he retired in 1972.

He was married for 55 years to the former Elizabeth Hemp, who died in 1994.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Towson, where services were held Dec. 8.

He has no close survivors.

Edith L. B. Miles, 92, East Baltimore native

Edith L. B. Miles, a homemaker and former Waverly resident, died Dec. 8 of a stroke at her Holland, Pa., residence. She was 92.

She was born Edith Behnken in East Baltimore and attended city schools.

She was president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Women's Auxiliary from 1961 to 1971.

In 1930, she married August P. Miles, who died in 1975. She moved that year to Yardley, Pa., and later to Holland.

Services were Dec. 11.

She is survived by a son, Charles Huth of Baltimore; three daughters, Lorraine Jourdan of Holland, Audrey Smith of Orlando, Fla., and Lee Miles of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Mildred Schmitt of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Charles Summerfield Smith, 90, property manager

Charles Summerfield Smith, a retired property manager who during World War II directed the conversion of passenger ships to troop transports, died Monday of heart failure at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 90.

The Linthicum resident retired in 1970 from John Steffey & Co.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Highlandtown, Mr. Smith was a 1925 graduate of City College.

A reserve Army officer during the 1930s, Mr. Smith was called to active duty after Pearl Harbor. He served at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Baltimore shipyards, where he directed the modification of freighters and passenger ships for the Army Transportation Corps.

He was married to the former Gladys Killough, who died in 1949.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Marjorie Dennis; two daughters, Betty Ann Szeliga of Towson and Susan Artigiani of Annapolis; a brother, Robert Smith of North Carolina; three sisters, Dorothy Brennan of Baltimore, Ruth Bien of Woolford in Dorchester County and Grace LaPointe of Tampa, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was Wednesday.

Beatrice W. Cooper, 85, Social Security employee

Beatrice Whitcomb Cooper, a retired program specialist for the Social Security Administration, died of respiratory failure Dec. 13 at her Columbia home. She was 85.

During the New Deal era, she moved to Washington from her native Green Bay, Wis. She was among the first settlers of Greenbelt in 1937.

She worked for several government agencies, including the U.S. Displaced Persons Commission in Frankfurt, Germany, after World War II. She returned to Maryland in 1952 and worked for the Agency for International Development.

She worked for Social Security from 1956 until she retired in 1975.

Her marriage to Harry Hesse ended in divorce. She was married in 1948 to Richard W. Cooper and they lived for many years in Catonsville before moving to Siesta Key, Fla. They moved last year to Vantage House, a community for the elderly in Columbia.

No funeral was planned.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Dr. Philip W. Hesse of Ellicott City; a daughter, former state Sen. Patricia R. Sher of Silver Spring; two stepsons, Dr. Richard N. Cooper of Cambridge, Mass., and Robert C. Cooper of Quaker City, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/21/97

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