Joseph W. Smith, 86, banker, bird watcherJoseph W. Smith...

August 22, 1998

Joseph W. Smith, 86, banker, bird watcher

Joseph W. Smith, a retired banker and World War II veteran, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at his Ginger Cove Retirement Community home in Annapolis. He was 86.

Mr. Smith, who moved to Annapolis in 1996 from Philadelphia, was a banker with First Pennsylvania Bank for 42 years before retiring in 1976.

The longtime Ardmore, Pa., resident was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he graduated from Germantown High School. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania evening school and the American Institute of Banking.

During World War II, he served with the Army's 69th General Medical Corps in the China-Burma-India theater of operations.

He was an avid bird watcher, gardener and golfer.

A memorial service for Mr. Smith will be held at 12: 30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Ginger Cove Retirement Community Terrace Room, 4000 River Crescent Drive, Annapolis.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Lois E. Schell; two daughters, Dale S. Brown of Alexandria, Va., and Marilyn S. Evans of Millersville; and six grandchildren.

Anita J. Williams, 71, nursing assistant

Anita J. Williams, a retired nursing assistant at Fort Howard Veterans Hospital and an active churchwoman, died Monday of bladder cancer at Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville. She was 71.

Mrs. Williams was on the staff at Fort Howard Veterans Hospital from 1973 until she retired in 1976. Earlier, she had worked at Rosewood and Crownsville State hospitals.

The former Anita J. Campbell was born in Phoenix, Baltimore County, and was a 1945 graduate of Frederick Douglass Senior High School. In 1973, she graduated from Medix School as a certified medical technician.

She was active in the affairs of Mount Moriah Baptist Church where she was a member of the nurses unit, Pastor's Aid, Seniors Club and the Bible Study Club.

She had also been a member of the Eastern Star and the Elks, and she enjoyed traveling.

Her first marriage to Pete Scovens, ended in divorce. She was married in 1977 to Edward Williams, who died in 1987.

Services for Mrs. Williams will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 2201 Garrison Blvd., in Baltimore.

She is survived by three brothers, William Campbell of Hereford, Richard Campbell of Catonsville and Donald Campbell of Arbutus; two sisters, Marion Johnson of Glen Burnie and Doris Campbell of Malden, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

Chester L. Grabarek, 78, expert in ballistics

Chester Lawrence Grabarek, a mechanical engineer in terminal ballistics at the Aberdeen Proving Ground for more than 30 years, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Franklin Woods Nursing Home in Baltimore. The Aberdeen resident was 78.

Mr. Grabarek was a renowned rocket scientist who specialized in ballistics at the Harford County proving ground, where he helped develop and test military weapons. He received three U.S. Research and Development medals and won numerous patents for the government.

He was also a government wound-ballistics consultant on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.

A native of Holyoke, Mass., Mr. Grabarek served in the Army Air Forces from 1939 to 1945. He received a bachelor's degree from St. Louis University in 1948 and began work at Aberdeen Proving Ground soon afterward. He retired in 1983.

He was a member of the American Legion of Aberdeen.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, 333 S. Parke St. in Aberdeen.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth C. Crawford, whom he married in 1950; a son, Lawrence George Grabarek of Houston; three daughters, Sarah Ann Moss of Las Vegas, Ellie Donovan of Joppatowne and Amelia E. Grabarek of Owings Mills; a sister, Helen Czelusniak of Holyoke; and five grandchildren.

Sarah Ethlinda Jones, a retired Westinghouse Corp. engineer, died Tuesday from complications of Alzheimer's disease at her Lochearn home. She was 87.

Mrs. Jones was an engineer during the 1940s and 1950s at the Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River. From 1959 until her retirement in 1976, she was an electrical engineer at the Westinghouse Corp. plant in Linthicum.

The former Sarah Joynes was born in Princess Anne, Somerset County, where she graduated from high school. She earned her bachelor's degree in engineering in the 1930s from Princess Anne College, now the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

A well-known church organist and pianist, she had been associated with Mount Lebanon Baptist and Mount Moriah Baptist churches. She also played the organ and piano at New Horizon Baptist Church, where she had been a longtime member.

She was married for many years to Roger Jones, who died in 1992. Her daughter, Elizabeth C. Carson, died in 1971.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at New Horizon Baptist Church, 2200 St. Lukes Lane in Woodlawn.

She is survived by four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/22/98

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