Spencer Zimmerman Jr., 97, attorney for IRSSpencer...

July 17, 1998

Spencer Zimmerman Jr., 97, attorney for IRS

Spencer Zimmerman Jr., a retired attorney for the Internal Revenue Service, died July 9 of complications of Alzheimer's disease at Edenwald retirement community in Towson. He was 97.

Born in Frederick, Mr. Zimmerman lived in Chevy Chase for many years before moving to Towson in 1985.

After serving in the Army during World War I, he went to work in the chief council's office of the IRS, beginning a 45-year career. He held degrees in law and accounting from Northeastern University in Boston.

In 1938, he was honored with a certificate entitling him to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Zimmerman was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Takoma Park, where he served several terms on the church council.

He was married for 63 years to the former Gertrude Haberkorn, who died in 1985.

Services will be private.

He is survived by a daughter, Phyllis J. Scharp of Towson; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

James M. Sundstrom, 51, cattle and tree farmer

James Matthias Sundstrom, a tree farmer and cattle farmer, died yesterday of cancer at his home in Clarksville. He was 51.

Born in Washington and raised in Howard County, Mr. Sundstrom was active in the Boy Scouts as a youth and became an Eagle Scout at age 13, one of the youngest members of the group to achieve the award.

He graduated from Glenelg High School in 1964, attended Potomac State College on a basketball scholarship and later transferred to the University of South Carolina.

Mr. Sundstrom served in the Coast Guard in the late 1960s in Monterey, Calif., maintaining lighthouses and searchlights during the Vietnam War.

He returned to Maryland in 1972 and became a partner in a Christmas tree farm in Lisbon. In 1978, he became a warehouse supervisor for General Electric Co. in Columbia, where he worked for six years.

Mr. Sundstrom bought a farm in Clearville, Pa., and raised beef cattle from 1987 until 1992. He also was an avid fisherman.

Mr. Sundstrom coached his two daughters' softball teams in Columbia from 1979 to 1985. A memorial service is scheduled at Linden Linthicum Church in Clarksville at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Mr. Sundstrom is survived by his mother, Dorothy Sundstrom of Columbia; a brother, John Sundstrom Jr. of Gainesville, Ga.; two daughters, Candice Sundstrom of Baltimore and Kemper Sundstrom of Washington; and his companion, Joan Hill of New Market.

Franklin C. Wellford, 80, managed Army clothing store

Franklin Chester Wellford, who built bridges in Germany during and after World War II and later managed an Army clothing store, died Tuesday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. The Odenton resident was 80.

Born in Savage, Mr. Wellford worked for 35 years as the manager of the Army's clothing store at Fort Meade.

From 1944 until after the war in 1946, Mr. Wellford served in the 283rd Combat Engineer Battalion and was sent to Germany to build bridges.

zTC Upon his discharge, Mr. Wellford was active in many local civic organizations in Anne Arundel County, including the Odenton Kiwanis, Greater Odenton Improvement Organization and Odenton Heritage Society. He also was a member of the Severn and Laurel divisions of the American Legion and a past president the 283rd Combat Engineering Association.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Road in Gambrills.

He married Madge Loretta Koons in 1938; she died in 1986.

He is survived by a son, Charles Wellford of Millersville; a daughter, Vicki Wellford of Odenton; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/17/98

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