Alfonso M. Bell, 67, HUD employee, catererAlfonso M. Bell...

February 26, 1999

Alfonso M. Bell, 67, HUD employee, caterer

Alfonso M. Bell, a retired federal employee and a caterer, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 67.

The native of Norfolk, Va., moved to Baltimore in 1951 and served in the Army from 1954 to 1956. He graduated from Morgan State College in 1961 and was a schoolteacher and social worker before he joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1973.

In 1988, he retired from HUD, where he was a housing program specialist, running several housing projects around the country from his office in Washington.

Since 1969, he operated A. M. Bell Caterers from his home.

Services for Mr. Bell, who was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sarah B. Bagwell, whom he married in 1953; two sons, Michael L. Bell of Fort Washington and Alfonso A. "Tony" Bell of Baltimore; two brothers, Rufus H. Bell Jr. of Norfolk and Nehemiah Bell of West Orange, N.J.; four sisters, Opheila Dash of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Elizabeth Perkins, Louise Harris and Vernice Archer, all of Norfolk; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Eleanor R. Suber, 84, municipal employee

Eleanor R. Suber, a former machinist and municipal employee, died Saturday of cancer at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 84.

Mrs. Suber was a senior aide at the Department of Aging from 1989 until 1993. Before then she was a machinist in Reading, Pa., who retired in 1979 and moved to Baltimore in 1984.

The former Eleanor Ratliff, who was born in Chesterfield, S.C., married William S. Suber in 1950. He died last year.

Services were set for 11: 30 a.m. today at New Antioch Baptist Church, 2401 St. Paul St.

She is survived by a son, Gregory Suber of Edgewood; two daughters, Cynthia Suber and Arnetta Manigo, both of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Lewis J. Healy Sr., 80, highway designer

Lewis J. Healy Sr., a former highway designer for the Baltimore County Bureau of Highways, died Monday of a stroke at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Cub Hill resident was 80.

He retired from the highways agency in 1982. Earlier, he was a design engineer for 30 years at Bendix Radio on East Joppa Road in Towson.

The East Baltimore native earned a bachelor's degree from Maryland Institute, College of Art. He spent more than 25 years in Boy Scouting and was awarded a Silver Beaver Award for leadership.

He was a communicant, Eucharistic minister and Sunday school teacher at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former M. Dorothy Brendel; three sons, Lewis J. Healy Jr. of Clayton, Del., David A. Healy of Parkville and Richard P. Healy of Hamilton; a daughter, Peggy Buckless of Perry Hall; two sisters, Anna Napfel and Rita Beinke, both of Cub Hill; and seven grandchildren.

Lillian Marion Johnson, 79, Hess Shoes employee

Lillian Marion Johnson, a longtime employee of Hess Shoes, died Saturday of heart failure at her West Baltimore home. She was 79.

The Baltimore native graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in the late 1930s and began work as a maid at the Hess store at Belvedere Avenue and York Road. She retired about 1980.

For more than 40 years, she was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1000 W. Saratoga St., where services were set for 10: 30 a.m. today.

Miss Johnson is survived by a niece, Rosalind Seth of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 2/26/99

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