Anna Marie Sterhardt, 92, cooking enthusiastAnna Marie...

September 08, 1998

Anna Marie Sterhardt, 92, cooking enthusiast

Anna Marie Sterhardt, a cooking enthusiast known for her paprikash and strudel, died yesterday of kidney cancer at her Ellicott City home. She was 92.

Born Anna Marie Marker in Knez, Austria-Hungary, Mrs. Sterhardt emigrated to the United States in 1914, settling in New Brunswick, N.J.

After graduating from high school with honors at age 15, she worked as a telephone operator at Western Union, a stenographer at Russell Playing Card Co. and as an executive secretary at Armstrong Cork.

In 1926, she married James Anton Sterhardt, who worked as a project engineer for various aviation companies.

The Sterhardts lived in California and Connecticut before moving to Towson in 1939.

The family moved to Wheaton in 1962 where Mrs. Sterhardt lived until last year when she moved to Ellicott City.

She was an active member of the Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church in Rockville and a member of the Ladies' Sodality.

A Catholic Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church at 12701 Veirs Mill Road in Rockville.

Mrs. Sterhardt is survived by a daughter, Susan Ann Sinor of Ellicott City; a son, James A. Sterhardt Jr., of Sun City West, Ariz.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. Her husband died in 1974.

The family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Hospice of Howard County.

Austin Trinkaus, 85, worked as machinist

Austin Trinkaus, a Towson native and retired machinist, died in his sleep Sunday at the National Health Care nursing home in Greenwood, S.C. He was 85.

Mr. Trinkaus grew up in Towson and graduated from Towson High School in 1930.

After serving in the Marines in the 1930s, Mr. Trinkaus worked for Black & Decker Corp. before enrolling in City College, from which he graduated in 1940.

Over the next 35 years, he was a machinist and a tool-and-die specialist in Baltimore.

An avid photographer, Mr. Trinkaus was a member of the Baltimore Camera Club and enjoyed shooting nature pictures, family portraits and weddings.

In 1975, Mr. Trinkaus and his wife, the former Eunice Hazel Beatty, moved to Greenwood, S.C., to be near their daughter and son-in-law, Leslie T. and Roger Stevenson. His wife died in 1992.

In Greenwood, Mr. Trinkaus worked as a machinist at Jarvis Cutting Tools and in the photo laboratory of the local newspaper, the Index Journal.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tranquil United Methodist Church, 1702 McCormick Highway in Greenwood.

Mr. Trinkaus is survived by his daughter and four granddaughters.

Thomas W. Haymes, 86, owned automotive company

Thomas W. Haymes, who founded and ran an automotive company that serviced military vehicles, died Sunday of heart failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 86.

A native of Petersburg, Va., Mr. Haymes lived in Bowling Green, Va., before moving to Baltimore in 1930.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, training mechanics. After his military discharge in 1947, Mr. Haymes started Service Motors Inc. at Fort Meade.

He retired as owner-operator of Service Motors in 1989 and worked as a volunteer at St. Agnes HealthCare for six years.

Mr. Haymes was a deacon at Fulton Avenue Baptist Church where he met his wife, Lois Demme, whom he married in 1985. He later joined Temple Baptist Church in Woodlawn.

Services will take place 11 a.m. Wednesday at Witzke Funeral Home at 1630 Edmondson Avenue.

Survivors include his wife; his two sisters, Emily Swoap and Elizabeth Foltz, both of Bowling Green, Va.

Robert J. Burns, 67, insurance agency owner

Robert J. Burns, a retired insurance agency owner, died Sunday of leukemia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 67.

A native of Chicago, Mr. Burns moved to Baltimore as a teen-ager and graduated from Loyola High School in 1950.

During the Korean War, he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he suffered in combat.

Mr. Burns was a graduate of Baltimore Junior College and University of Baltimore Law School.

He worked as an insurance salesman for several years before founding the Burns Insurance Agency in 1983. In 1987, he became president of Wye Insurance Agency and later served on the board of directors of Insurance Inc. He retired in January.

He was a charter member of the Towson Golf and Country Club, a member of the Independent Insurance Agents and the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Nelka; two sons, Michael S. Burns, of Reisterstown, and David J. Burns of Sparks; two daughters, Mary Stacy and Meghan Beth Burns, both of Baltimore; his stepmother, Beatrice Burns of Dundalk; a brother, Dennis Burns of Moorestown, N.J.; two sisters, Patricia Harrison and Donna Bittner, both of Dundalk; and one grandson.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Church, Texas, at 101 Church Lane in Cockeysville. Donations may be made to Loyola Blakefield, 500 Chestnut Ave., Towson, 21204, or Vision 2002, c/o St. Joseph's Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, 21030.

Pub Date: 9/08/98

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