Louis J. Otremba Sr., 77, founded electrical firmLouis J...

June 22, 1998

Louis J. Otremba Sr., 77, founded electrical firm

Louis J. Otremba Sr., founder and president of a Baltimore electrical contracting firm, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Oak Crest Village in Parkville, where he moved last year. The former resident of Guilford and Abingdon was 77.

In 1946, the master electrician established Louis J. Otremba Inc., which employed 50 electricians and specialized in wiring schools and hospitals. He retired in 1982 and dissolved the business.

Born on Aliceanna Street in Southeast Baltimore, he left school when he was 14 to help support his family. He installed oil burners and later worked as an electrician.

After the outbreak of World War II, he joined the merchant marine in 1941 and served as chief electrician aboard Liberty ships and tankers. He was discharged in 1944 and worked as an electrician at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard for the remainder of the war.

An early Dale Carnegie graduate, Mr. Otremba was a Dale Carnegie public speaking and leadership instructor in Baltimore for many years.

He was a past president of the Baltimore Optimist Club and the Electrical Contractors Association of Maryland.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. today at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave., Bel Air.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Mary Angela Hartley; two sons, Louis J. Otremba Jr. of Bel Air and Frank J. Otremba of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Barbara Otremba Wiegand of Bel Air; a brother, Roland Otremba, and a sister, Vivian Poskocil, both of Baltimore; and six grandsons. Myrtle Belle Seiler, a homemaker and former longtime Gardenville resident, died Thursday of complications of a stroke at the home of a daughter in Monkton. She was 91.

She was a direct descendant of Alexander Brown, who founded Alex. Brown & Sons, America's oldest investment banking firm, in 1800.

The former Myrtle Brown, a Baltimore native, was educated in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She married Earle H. Seiler, a Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive engineer, in 1924; he died in 1975.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11: 30 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

She is survived by two daughters, Audrey J. Hoot of Monkton and Esther H. McCummings of Towson; four grandsons; four great-grandchildren; and special friend, Lawrence Ryan of Baltimore.

Catherine F. Colbert, 61, homemaker, teacher's aide

Catherine F. Colbert, a homemaker and former teacher's aide, died yesterday of complications of cancer and Parkinson's disease at Crisfield McCreedy Hospital in Crisfield. The former Brooklyn Park resident was 61.

Before moving to Crisfield in 1994, Mrs. Colbert worked with special needs children as a teacher's aide. Earlier, she worked in several Baltimore factories.

The former Catherine Latwig was born in the Curtis Bay-Brooklyn Park section and graduated from area public schools. Her marriage ended in divorce.

A polka enthusiast, she enjoyed dancing at Blob's Park in Jessup and listening to 1940s big band music. She was a former communicant of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in Curtis Bay.

She willed her body to the Anatomy Board of Maryland. Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

She is survived by a son, Dane A. Colbert of New Windsor; a sister, Mildred Davidowicz of Crisfield; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/22/98

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