Sidney Checket, 78, head of Chairman FurnitureSidney...

July 09, 1998

Sidney Checket, 78, head of Chairman Furniture

Sidney Checket, president and founder of Chairman Furniture, died yesterday of Alzheimer's disease at his Northwest Baltimore residence. He was 78.

Known as Buddy, he began his business career in 1945 when he went to work for Henry W. Checket & Co., a family-owned department store founded in 1917, and located first on Gay Street and then on Eutaw Street.

In 1972, Mr. Checket established Chairman Furniture in Northwest Baltimore. He was semiretired when he died.

Born in Mondawmin in West Baltimore, he graduated from City College in 1937 and, in 1941, from the Johns Hopkins University, where he played lacrosse.

He served in the Navy during World War II and was discharged as a lieutenant.

Mr. Checket established scholarship funds at Hopkins and the Central Scholarship Bureau and sponsored a lacrosse team at William H. Lemmel Middle School.

He was a member of the brotherhood at Har Sinai Congregation, the Johns Hopkins Club and the Retail Merchants Association of Maryland.

The avid golfer also had a second home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Services are private.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Janice Ephraim; three daughters, Lori Snyder of Baltimore, Nancy Diamond of Reisterstown and Teri Checket of Framingham, Mass.; two sisters, Freida Sugar and Irene Rosen, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Arne Djurhuus Sumberg, 85, merchant marine officer

Arne Djurhuus Sumberg, a former merchant marine officer and Loch Raven resident, died of leukemia Tuesday at his Tampa, Fla., home. He was 85.

The native of the Faroe Islands, a possession of Denmark, began his seafaring career as a youngster aboard sailing vessels. He later was an engineer and master and served aboard convoy vessels in the North Atlantic during World War II.

At war's end, he became a citizen of the United States and moved to Baltimore in 1945. He joined the merchant marine and was first officer aboard U.S. flag vessels until 1959, when he joined Bethlehem Steel Corp. In 1960, he was sent to Tampa as the steelmaker's district agent; his responsibilities included supervising the loading of company vessels. He retired in 1973.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Sons of Norway.

No services are being held.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Elva Leineman; two sons, Dane A. Sumberg of Grapevine, Texas, and Paul J. Sumberg of Wimauma, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Raymond M. Kirk, 47, Cecil County teacher

A funeral Mass for Raymond M. Kirk, a Cecil County teacher who was shot while vacationing in Belize in Central America, will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, 301 Lock St. in north Chesapeake City.

Mr. Kirk, 47, who joined the Cecil County school system in 1981, died Sunday while shielding his wife, Diane "Beth" Kirk, and son, Sean, from armed robbers. The Kirks were on a study vacation when they were attacked.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Kirk was a graduate of Temple University and Loyola College and taught at North East Middle School in Cecil County.

Herman Randall, 74, carpenter, veteran

Herman Randall, a retired carpenter, died of cancer Sunday at his West Baltimore home. He was 74.

The Lothian native served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. After the war, he worked as a carpenter for several area construction companies and retired this year.

Since 1960, he had been a member of the Rehoboth Church of God, 700 Poplar Grove St., where services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gertrude Gross, whom he married in 1947; three sons, Herman Randall Jr., John Randall and Philip Randall, and three daughters, Missy Johnson, Patricia Randall and Mary Randall, all of Baltimore; a brother, Marshall Randall of Seat Pleasant; three sisters, Agnes Parker of Arnold, Mary Franklin of Lothian and Geraldine Stephenson of Miami; and eight grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/09/98

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