Elbert J. Freeman, 79, autoworker and veteranElbert J...

January 12, 1999

Elbert J. Freeman, 79, autoworker and veteran

Elbert J. Freeman, a retired autoworker and World War II veteran, died of a heart attack Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Chase resident was 79.

Mr. Freeman, who was known as Bill, had worked as an assembly line worker at General Motors' Broening Highway plant from 1943 to 1973, when he retired.

During World War II, he served in the Army from 1940 to 1942 and then enlisted in the Navy, serving until 1943.

He was born and raised on a farm near Knoxville, Tenn. He attended school until the eighth grade, when he went to work on the farm.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Old Eastern Ave.

He is survived by his wife, the former Regina "Jean" Riley, whom he married in 1945; a son, Donald L. Freeman of Essex; two brothers, Hobert Freeman of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Athel Freeman of Knoxville; three sisters, Rema Cook of Knoxville, Ella Mae Yarber of Sweetwater, Tenn., and Robba Jean Buckner of Tellico Plains, Tenn.; two granddaughters and two great-grandsons.

Ethel H. Hoehn, 88, longtime Hutzler's employee

Ethel H. Hoehn, who worked for two decades as a department store cosmetician, died Saturday of cardiac arrest at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 88 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.

Mrs. Hoehn was a representative of Charles of the Ritz line of cosmetics at Hutzler's in Towson from 1954 to 1975, when she retired.

Mrs. Hoehn, who had lived in the Walker Mews apartments near York Road since the early 1970s, was known as the "Cookie Lady" because of the cookies she baked for friends, relatives, neighbors and others.

"She had lists of people such as deliverymen, neighbors, family members and even the druggist," said her son, Albert W. Hoehn of San Benito, Texas.

"Just this Christmas, she made over 2,000 chocolate chip, sugar, black bottoms and maple cookies," he said.

The former Ethel Holmes was born in Warrenton, Va., and graduated from high school there. She worked in a Washington department store before she moved to Baltimore in 1935.

Her marriage to Albert N. Hoehn, ended in divorce.

A memorial service will he held at 5 p.m. today at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a brother, Eddie Holmes of Towson; a sister, Roberta Pearson of Springfield, Va.; and four grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/12/99

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