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January 20, 1998

Melvin Hartung Levy, 81, designed kitchens

Melvin Hartung Levy, who retired in 1986 as a designer of kitchens and bathrooms, died of leukemia Jan. 13 at Sinai Hospital. He was 81 and lived in Milford Mill.

The native of Tuscon, Ariz., was raised in Harlingen, Texas. Interested in electronics and a ham radio operator, he opened Mel's Radio and Appliance Repair in Harlingen in the late 1930s.

"It was in 1940 when he picked up signals that were going to Argentina and then to Germany. He reported them to the FBI, which led to the arrest of a German agent who was posing as a counselor at a local camp," said a stepdaughter, Stephanie Whippo-Gotschall of Reisterstown.

After the incident and because of his background in radio, the Army offered Mr. Levy a civilian post as a radar instructor during World War II.

He was transferred to Fort Holabird, where he met Janis Matcher, a secretary whom he married in 1945. She died in 1968.

Services for Mr. Levy were held Wednesday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Harriett Holen; three daughters, Karen Cadbury of Bar Harbor, Maine, Gail Jardin of Los Gatos, Calif., and Melaine Levy Walzal of Pikesville; another stepdaughter, Jill Holen Witkin of Columbia; and seven grandchildren. Samuel J. Charch, a former barber and retired electrician, died of cancer Jan. 9 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 85.

The Baltimore native worked as a barber at the old Pimlico Hotel from the 1930s until he entered the Navy in 1943. After he was discharged in 1946, he joined Bendix Corp. in Towson as an electrician and retired in 1977.

Services were held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sadie Pucci, whom he married in 1939; a son, Joseph Charch; a daughter, Marlene Jenkins; a sister, Jennie Mullen; and a grandson. All are of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 1/20/98

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