Walter H. Garrett Sr., 89, Western Electric engineerWalter...

September 02, 1998

Walter H. Garrett Sr., 89, Western Electric engineer

Walter H. Garrett Sr., who worked as a mechanical engineer for 30 years at Western Electric Corp., died Thursday from Alzheimer's disease at the Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 89 and formerly a longtime Catonsville resident.

Mr. Garrett worked at the company's Point Breeze plant from 1942 until his retirement in 1972. Born and raised in West Baltimore, he was a 1927 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

He volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels and was an active member of Catonsville United Methodist Church and the Grachur Club. He also was an avid golfer and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles.

Services were Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Elizabeth Ohm Rausch; two sons, W. Howard Garrett Jr. of Marriottsville and Donald F. Garrett of New Market; and six grandchildren. Gertrude Genco, a Baltimore native and longtime homemaker, died Friday of heart failure at Easton Memorial Hospital in Easton. She was 89.

The former Gertrude Lynch married Jimmy Genco in 1929 and lived on North Potomac Street in East Baltimore most of her life. Mr. Genco died in 1971.

Mrs. Genco was known for her sense of humor and was a member of Mugetts Social Club and the Change of Life club.

She is survived by two sons, J. Donald Genco of Stevensville and Frank R. Genco of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a daughter, M. Shirley Schueler of Abingdon; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Her oldest son, Jimmy Genco Jr., died in 1963.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Hyman P. Tatelbaum, 87, bankruptcy attorney

Hyman P. Tatelbaum, a former Baltimore bankruptcy attorney who was part owner of the old Baltimore Bullets basketball team, died Monday of kidney failure at his Fort Lauderdale home. He was 87.

The former Mount Washington resident was a highly respected attorney known for his work in bankruptcy and creditors' rights. He began his career in 1935 with I. William Schimmel, where he remained until retiring in 1993.

He was an owner and officer of the old Eastern Basketball League Bullets and later was counsel to the National Basketball Association Bullets until the team moved to Landover. He was an active member of the Sports Boosters of Maryland.

Born in Russia, Mr. Tatelbaum emigrated to Baltimore in 1911 with his parents who settled in West Baltimore, where they owned and operated a store. He was a graduate of City College and University of Baltimore Law School.

He also was a member of Beth Tfiloh Congregation and a Mason.

He was married in 1935 to the former Frieda Pomerantz, who died in 1997.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

He is survived by a son, Charles Tatelbaum of Naples, Fla.; a daughter, Dr. Susan Weintraub of San Antonio; and two grandsons.

John Wesley Craft Sr., 84, schools' music supervisor

John Wesley Craft Sr., who was supervisor of music for Baltimore County public schools for 22 years, died Tuesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center from complications of a stroke. He was 84 and had lived since 1992 at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm.

A former teacher at Montclair State Teachers College in New Jersey, Dr. Craft began his career with Baltimore County public schools in 1952 when he supervised the vocal music program for students from kindergarten through senior high school. He retired in 1974.

Born in Toccoa, Ga., Dr. Craft graduated from high school there and earned his bachelor's degree in music from Emory University in 1932. He earned his master's degree and a doctorate from Columbia University. During World War II, he conducted Army bands.

As a professional musician, Dr. Craft served as organist and choir director in several area churches for years.

He was a member of Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, where a memorial service was held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Nell Murrell; and two sons, John W. Craft Jr. of Holly, Mich., and Edward M. Craft of Kensington.

Pub Date: 9/02/98

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