Andrew Gehrmann Jr., 79, founded kitchen design firmAndrew...

August 27, 1998

Andrew Gehrmann Jr., 79, founded kitchen design firm

Andrew J. Gehrmann Jr., founder and president of a custom design kitchen firm, died Saturday of prostate cancer at Willow Valley North Retirement Community in Lancaster, Pa. The former Lutherville resident was 79.

He founded Graceline Kitchens in Baltimore in 1946 and closed the firm when he retired in 1994 and moved to Lancaster.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute, a Presbyterian church elder and a teacher at the Baltimore School of the Bible.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Phyllis Johns; two sons, Dr. Paul Gehrmann of Somers, N.Y., and Daniel Gehrmann of Huntington, W.Va.; a daughter, Patricia Gehrmann of Lancaster; and two granddaughters. Robert A. Volpe, a former Baltimore County resident who managed construction projects, died Saturday of respiratory failure at home in Venice, Fla., where he had moved this year. He was 59.

Mr. Volpe moved to Phoenixfrom Massachusetts in 1971. Beginning in the early 1960s, he worked as a construction project manager and owned and operated Tricon Ltd., a construction company, from 1987 to 1994.

Born in Chicago and reared in Newton, Mass., he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Boston's Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1960.

His marriage to the former Anne Driscoll ended in divorce.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Saundra L. Griffith; three sons, Richard M. Volpe of Damascus, Jeffrey R. Volpe of Owings Mills and John D. Volpe of Baltimore; a daughter, Gina M. Norton of Owings Mills; two brothers, John Volpe of Bellingham, Mass., and David Volpe of Needham, Mass.; a sister, Diane Breau of Bellingham; and a granddaughter.

Marie M. Meckel, 94, secretary at family company

Marie M. Meckel, a former secretary and homemaker, died Sunday of respiratory failure at St. Martin's Home in Catonsville. She was 94 and a former Manhattan Beach resident.

She began her secretarial career during the 1920s, working for a steamship company until the 1940s when she joined Meckel Monuments, a family business. She retired in 1974.

The former Marie Miller was born in West Baltimore and graduated from the commercial course at Fourteen Holy Martyrs Roman Catholic Church. During World War II, she served with the Coast Guard's volunteer port security force in Baltimore.

In 1924, she married Leonard Meckel, who died in 1976.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday . She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Jones of Pasadena; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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