Richard L. Hall, 87, Postal Service branch chiefRichard L...

April 08, 1999

Richard L. Hall, 87, Postal Service branch chief

Richard L. Hall, 87, retired superintendent of the Hamilton branch of the U.S. Postal Service, died Thursday of cancer at College Manor in Lutherville. The Parkville resident was 87.

After serving in an Army Special Services Unit in Europe during World War II, he joined the Postal Service. He retired in 1974.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Hall was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

He was a past master of the Tuscan chapter of the Legion of Honor of Demolay; a member of the Corinthian Lodge and the American Legion Kelly-Timonium Post; and a past president of the Rodgers Forge chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.

His marriage to Dorothy Cromer ended in divorce. His second wife, the former Cora Gladstone, died in 1995.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home Inc., 6500 York Road.

He is survived by a daughter, Barbara H. Gunkel of Bethesda; a stepson, Charles Gladstone of Ocean City; a stepdaughter, Jane Wall of Laurel; a sister, Leola Schreiber of Parkville; a friend, Louise Brackett of Lutherville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Diane C. Birk, 37, civil engineer, lawyer

Diane C. Birk, a civil engineer, died Sunday of breast cancer at her parents' home in Woodbury, N.J. She was 37 and lived in Baltimore.

Miss Birk had been associated with Gannett Fleming Inc., an engineering and planning firm in Cross Keys, since 1991.

The Woodbury native earned a civil engineering degree from the University of West Virginia in 1983 and a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1996.

She was a registered professional engineer in Maryland and Delaware and a member of the Maryland Bar Association, the American Civil Engineering Society, the Engineering Society of Baltimore and First Lutheran Church in Baltimore.

Miss Birk painted with watercolors and created the poster for the 1991 SOWEBO Festival of Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods. She also played various musical instruments, including clarinet, bassoon and banjo.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Woodbury.

She is survived by her parents, Kenneth and Bette Birk; two sisters, Lydia Birk Toomey of Clinton, Tenn., and Judy Hunter of Sewell, N.J.; and two nephews.

H. Bartlett Litz, 86, printing company owner

H. Bartlett Litz, former owner of a Baltimore printing company and benefactor of the Little Sisters of the Poor, died Monday from complications of diabetes at St. Martin's Home for the Aged in Catonsville. He was 86 and lived on Long Point on the Magothy River.

He joined Litz Printing Co. in 1930, a business that had been established by his father at the turn of the century. After his father's death in 1943, he took over the business, which closed in 1994.

Since the early 1930s, Mr. Litz had been a benefactor of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns, and had served on the order's board.

In 1982, he went to Rome for the beatification of Jeanne Jugan, founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and an audience with Pope John Paul II.

"[Mr. Litz] was a very good friend of ours, who lived the Christian [ideal] and shared his goods with others. He took everything he did seriously and only wanted the best for us," said Sister Constance Veit, publicity coordinator for the order.

Mr. Litz also had served on the board of Bon Secours Hospital and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

The Baltimore native was a 1930 graduate of Calvert Hall and a member of the Pompier Club of firefighting buffs.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Litz will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Martin's Home for the Aged, 601 Maiden Choice Lane.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Mildred duBreuil; a sister, Regina Dingedahl of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

Elmer Preston Cole, 85, public works inspector

Elmer Preston Cole, 85, a retired Baltimore County public works employee, died April 1 of a heart ailment at Hanover (Pa.) Hospital. He lived at Homewood at Plum Creek in York County, Pa.

The Sparks native was an underground utilities inspector for the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and retired 20 years ago. He was a caretaker on a Worthington Valley farm during World War II.

He had been a member of Falls Road United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Evelyn Bull, whom he married in 1936; and nieces and nephews.

Willie Edna Byrd, 94, homemaker, churchwoman

Willie Edna Byrd, a homemaker and 75-year member of Macedonia Baptist Church in West Baltimore, died April 1 of a kidney ailment at Sinai Hospital. She was 94 and lived in Memorial Apartments in Bolton Hill.

The former Willie Edna Moore was born in Jarrett, Va., and attended public schools there before she came to Baltimore.

She married Bernard R. Byrd Sr., a city employee, who died in 1976.

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