John Allen Sternad, 65, manufacturing supervisorJohn Allen...

October 25, 1998

John Allen Sternad, 65, manufacturing supervisor

John Allen "Jack" Sternad, a retired manufacturing supervisor and technician with the Patapsco Wastewater and Treatment Plant in Baltimore, died of cancer Thursday at his Taylorsville home. He was 65.

Born and raised in Iowa, he studied business at the University of Maryland in the 1960s.

Mr. Sternad spent most of his career as a supervisor, mostly in carpet fiber plants in Central Maryland and at a photographic developing plant in Beltsville. He was a supervisor and technician at the Patapsco plant from 1982 until his retirement in 1995.

For many years, he worked with children in Junior Achievement and the Boy Scouts. He also coached baseball, basketball and softball and was a director of the Green Hornets, the youth sports league of greater Severna Park.

Services are private.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, the former Nancy C. Wheeler; a son, J. Dirk Sternad of Glen Burnie; a daughter, Susan Oster of Cleveland; three stepchildren, Michael P. Moran of Frizzellburg, John C. Moran of Baltimore and M. Patricia Reilly of Fallston; a brother, James K. Sternad, and his mother, D. Olga Sternad, both of St. Pete Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Myrla Gertrude Diuguid, 95, homemaker, teacher

Myrla Gertrude Diuguid, a homemaker and longtime resident of Roland Park, died of heart failure Thursday at her home at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville. She was 95.

The former Myrla Gertrude Powell was born in Princess Anne and raised on Virginia's Eastern Shore. She graduated from Parksley High School in 1920 and briefly taught elementary school in Dover, Del.

In 1928, she married John H. Diuguid, an electrical engineer with the former Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. They eventually settled in Roland Park. They belonged to the Roland Park Presbyterian Church, where Mr. Diuguid was a deacon and Mrs. Diuguid was active in the women's association.

In 1980, they moved to Fairhaven as two of the first residents. Mr. Diuguid died in 1991.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Fairhaven Chapel.

Survivors include two sons, John P. Diuguid of Olney and Lewis H. Diuguid of Baltimore; three daughters, Jean D. Heany of Annapolis, Sara D. McLin of Fairhope, Ala., and Susan D. Neff of New Orleans; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Paul Leslie Williams, 74, food broker, trumpet player

Paul Leslie Williams, a retired food broker and former professional musician who played the trumpet during the big-band era, died Wednesday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 74.

The Baltimore native graduated from City College in 1942 and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1946. He also studied at the Juilliard School in New York.

During the 1940s and early 1950s, he played first and second trumpet with many well-known bands. His distinctive style and ability to hit the high notes contributed to his popularity with the bands of Stan Kenton, Louie Prima, Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson, among others.

His wife, the former Jeanne Granruth, said he was forced to retire from performing when his lip became paralyzed after hitting too many high notes on the trumpet. Good music remained "his first love," she said. "Good jazz. Calypso. Beautiful religious music. Not just any music. It had to be good."

Starting in 1953, he owned and managed the Paul L. Williams Food Brokerage in Towson. He retired in 1996.

He was active in local Republican politics for several decades.

Services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road in Rodgers Forge.

In addition to Mrs. Williams, whom he married in 1975, he is survived by two daughters, Tara Kibler of Baltimore and Robin Shay of Severna Park; a stepson, John W. Leonard III of Orlando, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Robert H. Tegtmeier, 58, engineer and marathoner


Robert H. Tegtmeier, a mechanical engineer and marathoner, died of lymphoma Oct. 17 in Houston. He was 58 and lived in Phoenix, Baltimore County.

At his death, Mr. Tegtmeier was an engineer at Parkway Machine Co. in Lutherville. Earlier, he worked for many years for Amtote.

Born in Chicago and raised in Towson, he was a Towson High School graduate and earned his engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis, and participated in the Boston and Maryland marathons.

His marriage to the former Nancy Leese ended in divorce.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Calvary Baptist Church, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Towson.

He is survived by his son, Robert S. Tegtmeier of Phoenix; a daughter, Patricia Tegtmeier of Phoenix; his mother, Dessie Tegtmeier of Towson; a brother, W. Paul Tegtmeier of Parkton; and two sisters, Merle Bottge of Eugene, Ore., and Kathryn Tegtmeier of San Jose, Calif.

Pub Date: 10/25/98

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