William Ritchie Semans Jr., 79, auto dealer sales...

March 04, 1998

William Ritchie Semans Jr., 79, auto dealer sales manager

William Ritchie Semans Jr., a former sales manager of a Towson automobile dealership and a descendant of several Maryland governors, died of cancer Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 79.

After many years as a sales manager at Towson Ford, he retired in the early 1980s.

The lifelong Roland Park resident, who also maintained a home in St. Mary's County, was a descendant of several Maryland governors, including Leonard Calvert (1634-1645 and 1646-1647) and James Thomas (1833-1836). He attended Gilman School and graduated from the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.

In 1939, he joined Battery D of the 110th Field Artillery of Maryland, which was assigned to Bermuda during World War II.

He enjoyed tennis and bowling and was a member of the Elkridge Club, the Bachelors Cotillon and the Society of the Ark and Dove.

He was a longtime volunteer for Meals On Wheels and was a former vestryman and junior warden at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

A daughter, Natalie Semans Smallwood, is deceased.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Ann Conyers; three daughters, Nancy Semans Talbott and Winifred Semans Albertson, both of Baltimore, and Catherine Semans Munson of New Haven, Conn.; a brother, Truman T. Semans of Brooklandville; 10 grandchildren; and two nephews.

Chesley F. Harrison, 85, Cancer Society employee

Chesley Fenton Harrison, a longtime employee of the Maryland Division of the American Cancer Society, died Saturday of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 85.

Mrs. Harrison had lived at Ruxton Village Apartments until last year, when she moved to the Roland Park Place retirement community.

She was director of education for the Maryland Division of the American Cancer Society for 25 years and retired in 1974.

She was a volunteer and member of the Children's Hospital Women's Board.

A Bolton Hill native, the former Chesley Requardt was a 1931 graduate of the Bryn Mawr School and made her debut that year at the Bachelors Cotillon.

She enjoyed bridge and traveling.

She was an active communicant of St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

She is survived by two sons, Robert B. Harrison III of Roland Park and William W. R. Harrison of Hartford, Conn.; five grandchildren; a nephew; and two nieces.

Edith Y. Reichenbach, 77, real estate agent

Edith Y. Reichenbach, a retired real estate agent, died Thursday of acute leukemia at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 77 and lived in Homeland.

She recently retired from Coldwell Banker Realty Inc., where she had worked for a number of years.

The former Edith Yobst was born and raised in Washington and attended George Washington University, Emerson College, ,X Harvard University School of Continuing Education and the New York School of Interior Design.

She worked as a personal secretary before marrying George S. Reichenbach in 1943. The marriage ended in divorce.

For many years, she bought houses in the Guilford-Roland Park-Homeland area that she renovated and sold.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at a private residence at 110 Churchwardens Road in Homeland.

She is survived by two daughters, Ellen R. Gruber of Kingsville and Lisa Reichenbach of Cockeysville; two grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

James Craig Burnham, 71, machinist at Koppers Co.

James Craig Burnham, who had been a machinist and supermarket clerk, died of cancer Sunday at his Mount Washington home. He was 71.

The lifelong Baltimorean attended Calvert Hall College high school and worked as a clerk at a Mount Washington supermarket from the early 1940s until he joined the Navy in 1943 during World War II.

After he was discharged in 1947, he returned to the supermarket and worked there until 1956, when he joined the old Koppers Co. in Southwest Baltimore as a machinist.

He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, the Holy Name Society and the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Welsh, whom he married in 1957; three sons, William F. Burnham and Martin J. Burnham, both of Baltimore, and James C. Burnham Jr. of Philadelphia; a daughter, Mary A. Cutter of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Bernard Landy Jones, 64, construction worker

Bernard Landy Jones, a retired construction worker, died Sunday of cancer at North Charles Health Center. The East Baltimore resident was 64.

A native of Huntingtown, Calvert County, he served in the Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. After he was discharged, he worked in construction for many years in Southern Maryland and Washington. He retired and moved to Baltimore in 1982.

Services will be held at noon Friday at March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Barrows, whom he married in 1952; two daughters, Carla Jones-Chew of Baltimore and Lisa Square of Lanham; a brother, Arthur Jones of Severn; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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