Marie E. Deel, 81, homemakerMarie E. Deel, a homemaker and...

December 23, 1998

Marie E. Deel, 81, homemaker

Marie E. Deel, a homemaker and former Ellicott City resident, died Dec. 15 of lung failure at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville, where she had lived for two years. She was 81.

The former Marie Fahrman, who enjoyed gardening, was born in Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School.

A memorial service was held Saturday.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence A. Deel, whom she married in 1951; a son, Robert J. Svehla of Ellicott City; a daughter, Judith A. North of Preston; a brother, Joseph Fahrman of Easton; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Luther Marshall Rafter, 78, welder and veteran

Luther Marshall Rafter, a former welder, died Saturday at the Corsica Hills Nursing Center in Centreville of complications from a stroke he suffered in 1995. He was 78 and lived in Centreville.

The native of Hagerstown was educated in schools there and in Baltimore. He enlisted in the Army in 1939 and was stationed in Panama. In 1941, he re-enlisted and served as a paratrooper in Europe during World War II.

Mr. Rafter was discharged in 1945 and worked as a conservation officer with the Maryland Department of Tidewater Fisheries until he joined his father in a painting contracting business in the Baltimore area. During the 1950s, he was a welder at Bethlehem Steel Corp.

He enjoyed swimming and fishing.

A memorial service is being planned.

Mr. Rafter's wife, Natalie, died in 1973.

He is survived by a son, Kirk Rafter of Hagerstown; and a brother, Roy Rafter of Chester.

Robert E. Carter, 83, owned two furniture stores

Robert E. Carter, retired owner of Carter's Furniture in Towson and Hub Furniture in Baltimore, died Monday at Union Memorial Hospital of complications from pneumonia. He was 83 and lived in North Baltimore.

The Baltimore native, who was raised in Ashburton and Forest Park, assumed control of the family-owned Hub Furniture on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Baltimore in 1934 after the death of his father. In 1952, he opened Carter's Furniture on York Road during a time when Towson was mostly farmland.

He sold the stores to a chain in 1973 and began a career as a consultant to furniture stores across the country.

He had served as president and chairman of the board of the National Furnishing Association, the largest trade association of its type in the country.

He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945 during World War II, doing the military version of his civilian job -- supplying furniture and goods to bases, said his son, W. Minor Carter of Annapolis.

After retiring, he was a volunteer arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and a volunteer at the Maryland Science Center.

A memorial service will be held at noon Monday at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Charles and 39th streets.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Weiss, whom he married in the 1930s; another son, John F. Carter of Denver; a daughter, Robin C. Smith of Morristown, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Helen Harris Lassahn, 83, city recreation supervisor

Helen Harris Lassahn, a former district supervisor for the Baltimore recreation department, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease at Heron Point of Chestertown nursing home. The longtime Baltimore resident was 83.

Mrs. Lassahn had lived in Chestertown since about 1991.

Born in Kent County, the former Helen Harris graduated from Mary Washington College in Virginia in 1936.

She taught in Virginia in the early 1940s and moved to Baltimore, where she worked as a district supervisor for the recreation department from 1944 until the mid-1970s.

In 1952, she married Louis K. Lassahn, who died in 1987.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown.

She is survived by two sisters, Sarah Harris Fallowfield of Rock Hall and Ruth Harris Bartlett of Chestertown.

Pub Date: 12/23/98

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