William J. Garvey, 62, owned insurance agencyWilliam J...

April 07, 1999

William J. Garvey, 62, owned insurance agency

William J. Garvey, who owned an insurance agency, died Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, two days after being diagnosed with lung cancer. The Severna Park resident was 62.

He established William J. Garvey Insurance Agency in Severna Park in 1966. Earlier, he was chief arson investigator and then assistant fire administrator for Anne Arundel County.

The Catonsville native earned a bachelor's degree from the Passionist Monastery in Dunkirk, N.Y.

He served in the Maryland National Guard and was a member of Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion, Elks, Knights of Columbus and the Anne Arundel Association of Life Underwriters.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Garvey will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Janice Brown; four sons, William J. Garvey Jr. of Wellsburg, W.Va., Sean P. Garvey of Columbia, Kevin M. Garvey of Severna Park and Navy Lt. Scott A. Garvey of San Diego; a daughter, Erin M. Garvey of Newport News, Va.; two brothers, James F. Garvey Jr. of Catonsville and C. Godfrey Garvey of Ellicott City; and four sisters, Mary Gertrude Kirsch of Airville, Pa., Mary Elizabeth Hession of Annapolis, Mary Jane McManus of Catonsville and Sister Mary Ann Garvey, R.S.M., of Baltimore.

Sara Teiger Schmerler, 79, longtime Baltimore educator

Sara Savilla Teiger Schmerler, a retired educator, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 79 and lived in Pikesville.

After 11 years as principal of Yorkwood Elementary School, she retired in 1979, ending 38 years in the Baltimore public school system.

She volunteered at hospitals and senior citizen centers.

The former Sara Savilla Cogswell, who was born in Southwest Baltimore, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from then-Towson State College.

In 1945, she married Jack Teiger, who died in 1975.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel Schmerler, whom she married in 1988; two sisters, Irene Flaig and Thomasina Jones, both of Baltimore; two stepsons, Gil Schmerler of Fort Lee, N.J., and Willie Schmerler of Austin, Texas; a stepdaughter, Evelyn Kamanitz of Pikesville; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 4/07/99

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