Richard Edward Reitz, 69, Baltimore chief deputyRichard...

July 02, 1998

Richard Edward Reitz, 69, Baltimore chief deputy

Richard Edward Reitz, retired chief deputy of the Baltimore Sheriff's Department, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. He was 69.

He joined the Sheriff's Department as a deputy in 1952 and retired in 1981, when he moved to Ocean City.

Twice he was acting sheriff for six-month stints -- in the 1960s when Sheriff Joseph Deegan died and in 1974 when Sheriff Frank Pelz resigned.

George Freeburger, who served 12 years as sheriff beginning in 1974, recalled Mr. Reitz as "understanding. He never raised his voice and always got things done. Sort of reminded me of my father.

"He taught me just about everything that I knew."

Mr. Reitz, a Baltimore native, attended Mount St. Joseph High School but left in 1946 to enlist in the Navy, serving for two years. He then worked at a South Baltimore shipyard before joining the Sheriff's Department.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Elks Club. He also sponsored foster children overseas.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

His survived by his wife, the former Elsie Jordan, whom he married in 1948; three sons, Richard N. Reitz and Paul J. Reitz, both of Baltimore, and Edward W. Reitz of Pasadena; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

John A. White, 77, Bethlehem Steel worker

John A. White, a retired steel worker, died Saturday of heart failure at Liberty Medical Center. The West Baltimore resident was 77.

The native of Buckingham County, Va., came to Baltimore in 1939 and went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant. He served in the Navy from 1944 to 1945 and returned to Bethlehem Steel after he was discharged. He retired in 1982.

He enjoyed duckpin bowling, was an Orioles fan and was a member of the Retired Steelworkers Committee.

For more than 50 years, he was a member of Faith Baptist Church, 833 Bond St., where services are scheduled for 11: 30 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife, the former Florence Bentley, whom he married in 1941; a son, John C. White of St. Louis; a daughter, Joyce Tabb of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Evans White of Woodbridge, Va.; two sisters, Viola Stanton of Bridgewater, Mass., and Bernice Grant of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

F. Worth Riley, 83, Martin-Marietta worker

F. Worth Riley, a retired Martin-Marietta Corp. assembly worker, died of kidney failure Monday at home in Bel Air. He was 83.

His career began at Glenn L. Martin Co. in 1937 and spanned the eras from propeller-driven airplanes to the space shuttle.

"He worked on the Titan missiles, and his last project before retiring in 1976 were the fuel tanks for the space shuttles," said his daughter, Catherine I. Riley, former Harford County state legislator.

Born and raised in Pleasantville, Mr. Riley was educated in Harford County public schools.

He was a charter member of Bel Air Council No. 4714 of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Retirees Association of Lockheed Martin and the Mount Gretna Group.

He was a communicant of St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave., Bel Air, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Catherine "Kitty" Cain; another daughter, Rebecca R. Puente of Norrisville; two sisters, Gertrude R. Dalton of Chesterfield, Mass., and Genevieve Hrubsa of Greenville, S.C.; and three grandsons.

Helen Salko, 78, worked for MVA

Helen Salko, a former Maryland state employee and Baltimore resident, died Monday of coronary artery disease at St. Luke Pavilion in Hazleton, Pa. She was 78.

The former Armistead Gardens resident was a clerk for the Motor Vehicle Administration in Glen Burnie for 20 years. She retired in 1980 and returned to her native Hazleton.

The former Helen Chura moved to Baltimore in 1941.

Services will be held today in Hazleton.

Her husband, Andrew Salko Jr., whom she married in 1937, died in 1971.

She is survived by two sons, Andrew Salko III of Alexandria, Va., and James Salko of Ashton; a daughter, Donna Przybylski of Lakewood, N.J.; three sisters, Margaret Honis of Harwood, Pa., and Emma DeBias and Anna Kitlan, both of Cranberry, Pa.; two brothers, the Rev. Andrew Chura of Toronto, Ohio, and Michael Chura of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/02/98

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