Marion Henry Schneider, 77, plant manager, war...

April 03, 1999

Marion Henry Schneider, 77, plant manager, war veteran

Marion Henry Schneider, a retired plant manager and Bel Air resident, died Sunday of pneumonia at York Hospital in Pennsu. He was 77.

Mr. Schneider was plant manager for 10 years of Trustwal Systems in Owings Mills until his retirement in 1986. From 1947 to 1968, he was a foreman with Eastern Stainless Steel in East Baltimore. He began his career working for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. in the early 1940s.

Born and raised in Highlandtown, he was a graduate of city schools and studied engineering at the University of Maryland College Park.

During World War II, he served with the Army in Europe and was discharged in 1945 as a sergeant.

Mr. Schneider was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Edgewood; the Masons and the Joppatown Square Club. He was married in 1952 to the former Martha M. Hobbs, who died in 1987.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 10 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St. in Baltimore.

He is survived by a son, Edward F. Schneider of Baltimore; a daughter, Susan E. Lynch of Glen Rock, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

Dorrance Warnock Jr., 68, IRS criminal investigator

Dorrance H. Warnock Jr., former chief of criminal investigation for the Maryland Division of the Internal Revenue Service, died Monday of cancer at his Hamilton home. He was 68.

Mr. Warnock retired from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he began his career in the early 1960s. He was chief of criminal investigation in South Carolina and supervisor for the Alabama district.

He also participated in combined operations with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. After retiring, he worked from 1986 until 1992 for the Maryland Income Tax Division.

He also was an adjunct professor in accounting and criminal law at the Community College of Philadelphia and the University of Maryland.

Born in Pottstown, Pa., he attended Girard College, a school for fatherless boys in Philadelphia, and graduated in 1947.

He enlisted in the Army, graduated from Officer Training School at Fort Benning, Ga., and served in the infantry in Korea. He was discharged in 1954.

Mr. Warnock earned his bachelor's degree in 1965 and a master's degree in business from Temple University in 1967. He was an avid golfer and an Orioles fan.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 4 p.m. April 10 at the Mercy Medical Center Chapel, 301 St. Paul Place in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Rosemary Boyle; a son, Dorrance H. Warnock III of Baltimore; four daughters, Kathleen Warnock and Barbara Warnock, both of New York City, Gabrielle Kroupa of Baltimore and Patricia Warnock-Safford of Upper Marlboro; and a grandson.

Colette Wible James, 49, owned staffing agency

Colette Wible James, who worked in the temporary staffing business for 30 years, died Tuesday of cancer at her Severna Park Home. She was 49.

For the past year and a half, Mrs. James had been an industry consultant and headed her own company, Creative Management Consultants.

Earlier, she had worked 20 years for Staff Builders of Baltimore and was associated with Courteous Services Inc. in Hagerstown and Mary Kraft and Associates in Towson.

The former Colette Wenker was born and raised in Dundalk, where she graduated from high school. She was a member of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, a former board member of the American Heart Association and a member of the American Business Women's Association.

Mrs. James was also a member of the National Association of Temporary Staffing Services and volunteered at the annual Maryland You Are Beautiful ceremony in Annapolis.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. April 10 at St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Parish, 801 Stevenson Road in Severn, where she was a member.

She is survived by her husband of nearly eight years, Alfred S. James; a brother, John Wenker of Baltimore; a sister, Geneva Hooper of Joppa; two stepsons, Jon James of Sharpsburg and Jeffrey James of Hanover; four stepdaughters, Jennifer Carpenter, Jacqueline Slusher and JoAnne James, all of Hagerstown, and Jessica James of Hanover; and 12 step-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Sparks Dow, 88 equestrian, tennis player

Elizabeth Sparks Dow, 88, a Monkton equestrian who played a strong game of tennis until last year, died Wednesday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. Born in Baltimore County and known by the nickname "Bibber," she lived all her life on her family farm, Linden Hope in Monkton. She was a graduate of Towson High School and the College of William and Mary.

Early in her career, she was a supervisor with the city's Department of Recreation and Parks. She was also a physical education instructor at Goucher College in the 1930s and 1940s teaching fencing, field hockey, riding and tennis.

She boarded horses at her farm and rode in the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club until she was in her 80s.

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