John E. Custy Jr., 75, CPA, vice president at arts...

August 09, 1998

John E. Custy Jr., 75, CPA, vice president at arts institute

John Edward "Jack" Custy Jr., former vice president of business affairs at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, died of a stroke Monday at Manor Care Ruxton. He was 75.

Mr. Custy was vice president of the college from 1964 until he retired in 1986.

"For a man who wasn't an artist, Jack's gift was understanding and being compassionate with artists," said longtime friend Peter Collier, an artist and former teacher at the college.

Born and raised in West Baltimore, he was a 1942 graduate of Calvert Hall College and earned his bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1947.

During World War II, he served in France with the Army and attained the rank of sergeant.

He then became a certified public accountant and established a practice in 1962. He also was on the Loyola College faculty from 1954 to 1971, teaching taxes and auditing.

An avid sailor, Mr. Custy moved after his retirement from Baltimore to Royal Oak, Talbot County, where he had a tax-accounting practice and was honorary tax consultant to the Academy of Arts in Easton.

Services were private.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Glenice Marie Lavoie; two sons, Ned Custy of San Diego and David Custy of Baltimore; a daughter, Ecie Hurstone of Auckland, New Zealand; a sister, Ann Miller of Livermore, Calif.; and two grandsons.

Eva Elizabeth Gettier, who moved from overseeing prison inmates to assisting elementary school students, died of cancer July 31 at Stella Maris Hospice. The Rodgers Forge resident was 81.

From 1968 to 1983, she worked for the state Division of Parole and Probation, handling inmate releases. In 1985, she began working again -- as a cafeteria aide at Rodgers Forge Elementary School. She was employed there until shortly before her death.

"She was known as the matriarch of the neighborhood," said a daughter, Linda Kennard, who also lives in Rodgers Forge. "She lived at a corner house for 43 years, and people came up on her porch and talked to her. She was an adopted grandmother to the children here."

Born Eva Schroeder on Waverly's 34th Street, she graduated from Eastern High School in 1934. In 1948, she married James Kenneth Gettier, a department head for L. Greif & Bro. clothing manufacturers. He died in 1985.

Services for Mrs. Gettier were held Monday.

She is also survived by two other daughters, Barbara J. Hanlon of Baldwin and Carol A. Reidy of Freeland; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Jean E. G. Gardner, 75, state employee, homemaker

Jean Elizabeth German Gardner, a homemaker and retired state employee, died of cancer Wednesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 75 and had lived in Annapolis for 50 years.

Mrs. Gardner retired in 1985 after a 17-year government career with the food stamp division of the state's social services department and with the state's insurance division, where she was a supervisor.

Born Jean Elizabeth German in Baltimore, she was a 1941 graduate of Western High School. In 1942, she married James M. Gardner Sr., and the couple moved to Annapolis in 1948. Mr. Gardner died in 1994. Their son, James M. Gardner Jr., died in 1987.

While her husband was overseas during World War II, Mrs.

Gardner was an operator and floor supervisor for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. and American Oil Co. From 1963 to 1968, she was a secretary for an insurance agent.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis.

Mrs. Gardner is survived by a daughter, Melva J. Slonin of Denton; and two grandchildren.

Zelma Mae Ridgely, 74, elementary school teacher

Zelma Mae Roselle Ridgely, a retired Baltimore elementary school teacher who loved to sing in church choirs, died of respiratory failure Friday at Sinai Hospital after decades with multiple sclerosis. She was 74.

Mrs. Ridgely, who moved to an elder-care home several years ago, had been a longtime resident of Hoes' Heights, a historically African-American community near Roland Park.

Born in Baltimore, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and Coppin State College, and in 1950 earned her master's degree in education at New York University.

Mrs. Ridgely, who taught for about 20 years, spent most of that time instructing third-graders in West Baltimore at the old Fannie L. Barbour Elementary School at Saratoga and Schroeder streets, said her daughter, Ramona Carver of Silver Spring.

Although the onset of multiple sclerosis was in 1950, she said, her mother continued to teach until retiring in the late 1960s.

Her 1946 marriage to Charles A. Ridgely ended in divorce.

A devout Christian from girlhood, Mrs. Ridgely sang in two choirs, taught Sunday school and directed the vacation Bible school at Sharon Baptist Church, Stricker and Presstman streets, where services will be held at noon Wednesday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Ridgely is survived by a brother, Gordon Roselle of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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