John Charles Ahlberg, 61, computer consultantJohn Charles...

August 04, 1998

John Charles Ahlberg, 61, computer consultant

John Charles Ahlberg, a former computer consultant and avid bird watcher, died Thursday of cancer at home in Timonium. He was 61.

Mr. Ahlberg retired this year from Data Tech, a computer consulting firm that he had been associated with since the 1980s. Earlier, he was a computer consultant for CSI and worked for the Maryland Drilling Co. and the Exxon Corp.

Born in Cody, Wyo., he earned a bachelor's degree from Montana State University in 1959.

He moved to Timonium in 1971.

His marriage to Lee Retz Warner ended in divorce.

A memorial Mass was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Christina Knoedler, whom he married in 1979; a son, J.C. Ahlberg of Glen Ellen; three daughters, Jan Lombardi of Helena, Mont., Robin Walczak of Bel Air and Lauri Huff of Cockeysville; and eight grandchildren. William Daniel Knight, retired garage owner, died Friday of a heart attack at Howard County General Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 84.

Mr. Knight owned the Subway Garage in Odenton for many years and retired in 1986.

During World War II, he served as an Army Air Forces intelligence officer assigned to the Pentagon in Washington. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1945.

He was born in Columbia, Tenn., and graduated from Columbia Military Academy.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A private memorial service will be held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Whitaker; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Knight of Catonsville and Priscilla Knight Neely of Taylors, S.C.; a brother, Charles W. Knight of Laurel; a nephew, Charles "Chuckie" Knight of Laurel; and two nieces, Judy Ortez of Bowie and Diana Taplin of Soldotna, Alaska.

Helen Barry Mountain, 97, homemaker and volunteer

Helen "Honey" Barry Mountain, a homemaker and volunteer, died of congestive heart failure Friday at Manor Care in Ruxton. The Towson resident was 97.

Born in the Pittsburgh area, the former Helen Barry graduated from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania in 1921 with a degree in music and art.

She married Harold C. Mountain in 1930 and they moved to Towson in 1939. He died in 1976.

From 1941 to 1945 during World War II, she was a volunteer at the Selective Service, the draft board, in Towson.

She was active in the International Federation of Catholic Alumnae in Baltimore and a volunteer and PTA member at Immaculate Conception School in Towson, which her children attended.

In 1980, she moved to Cardinal Shehan Center, a retirement home in Timonium, where she was a Eucharistic minister at the Stella Maris Chapel and a member of the Stella Maris Auxiliary.

Mrs. Mountain enjoyed painting and playing cards.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Stella Maris Chapel, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

She is survived by a son, Henry C. Mountain of Bel Air; three hTC daughters, Margaret M. Shaffrey and Patricia M. Reed of Towson, Joanne M. Kirby of Ocean Pines; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

George Neff Lucas, 88, advertising executive

George Neff Lucas, a retired Baltimore advertising executive whose satirical political limericks were published in The Evening Sun, died in his sleep July 27 while on vacation in Philadelphia. He was 88 and lived in Phoenix.

Mr. Lucas began submitting his witty and topical limericks to The Evening Sun op-ed page in 1980. Called "Polimericks," they were published until the early 1990s.

They were also published in Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

In 1990, Mr. Lucas published "Lines Formed on the Left," a collection of his limericks.

For his material, he drew on the vagaries and buffooneries of Washington's elite. He used the quaint aabba rhyme scheme:

When Nixon says Cuomo could win

It fills Mario with chagrin;

What Tricky Dick thinks

Can gender a jinx

And put a guy more out than in.

Ronnie's portrait was painted her way

With the look of a happier day;

But as scandals unfold

We soon may behold

The picture of Dorian Gray.

Two weeks ago, Mr. Lucas wrote his last set of limericks. They included:

Paula Jones, to whom judges said nix, A bit late decided to fix

The congenital nose

She'd overexposed

In all those news camera pix.

The justices huddled and then

Took away Clinton's line-item pen;

Their costlier nay

Made Congress's day,

Putting pork on the menu again.

Mr. Lucas was born in York, Pa., and graduated from Gettysburg College in 1932. Four years later, he came to Baltimore to begin his advertising career at the Joseph Katz Co.

In 1939, he joined the S. A. Levyne Co., which later became Eisner & Associates. He was copy chief at Van Sant Dugdale & Co. from 1961 until his retirement in 1981.

"He was an unusually gifted fellow, who had a way with words," said Henry Eisner, chairman of the board of Eisner Associates and a friend for more than 60 years.

Mr. Lucas was married for many years to the former Marie Furthmaier, who died in 1993.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by a brother, James W. Lucas of Corona del Mar, Calif.; and a sister, Nancy Rehmeyer of Chesnee, S.C.

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