Katharine E. Ascherfeld, 94, government...

April 22, 1999

Katharine E. Ascherfeld, 94, government receptionist

Katharine E. Ascherfeld, a former Harford County government receptionist and homemaker who had lived in Portland, Ore., since 1993, died Friday of pneumonia at a hospital there. She was 94.

The former longtime Jarrettsville resident worked for Harford County for 15 years and retired in 1979. During World War II, she was a school bus driver and substitute teacher.

The former Katharine E. Ward was born in Jarrettsville and graduated from the local high school. She was active in the PTA and had been president of the Harford County Democratic Women's Club and a volunteer with the Harford County Democratic Party.

In 1936, she married Karl C. Ascherfeld, who died in 1963.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

She is survived by a daughter, Ellen A. Nesbitt of Portland; a stepson, Karl C. Ascherfeld Jr. of Riverside, Calif.; two grandsons; two granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Oscar Scherr, 73, had watchmaking shop

Oscar Scherr, a retired Baltimore watchmaker, died Monday of a heart ailment at Sinai Hospital. He was 73 and lived in Owings Mills.

He had a watchmaking and repair shop at Calvert and Water streets downtown for about 35 years. He was a specialist in the repair of Accutron watches, early battery-powered timepieces favored by collectors.

The East Baltimore native, who attended the Peters' School of Horology in Washington, was a World War II Navy veteran.

In 1949, he married Carolyn Rubin, who worked with him in the business that was moved to Pikesville and is operated by his son, Marc Scherr of Catonsville.

Funeral services were conducted yesterday.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by another son, Alan Scherr of Charlottesville, Va.; a daughter, Susan Seiden of Baltimore; three brothers, Henry Scherr and Sylvan Scherr, both of Baltimore, and Bernie Scherr of Bowie; four sisters, Edythe Shane Novak of Boca Raton, Fla., and Esther Canter, Sophie Cohen and Florence Schenker, all of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Alice Isabelle Melia, 96, buyer for department stores

Alice Isabelle Melia, a former Arbutus resident, died Sunday of a heart ailment at Integrated Health Services Community Care Center in Lyons, Neb. She was 96.

She was a buyer for Hochschild Kohn department stores in the 1920s. She was a volunteer at Rosewood, Mount Wilson and St. Agnes hospitals and was active in the Arbutus Garden Club.

Born in Owings Mills, the former Alice Isabelle Wimsett was a graduate of Hannah More Academy. She was the great-niece of John Mifflin Hood, president of the Western Maryland Railway.

In 1929, she married Leo Patrick Melia, a Baltimore attorney, who died in 1964.

She moved from Arbutus about 20 years ago.

Private funeral services will be conducted tomorrow.

She is survived by a son, Robert Emmett Melia of El Paso, Texas; two daughters, Georgia Amelita Kammel of Silver Spring and Laura Jane Blankenship of Tekamah, Neb.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Patrick John Bennett Jr., 23, management trainee

Patrick John Bennett Jr., a Timonium native, died April 15 at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, Calif., of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident. He was 23.

Since December, he had lived in San Diego, where he was a management-trainee for a clothing store chain. At the time of his death, he was returning to Timonium to pursue a career in landscape design in which he earned a degree at Pennsylvania State University last year.

The former Eagle Scout was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, the Surfers Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

He was a communicant and altar server at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow. He is survived by his parents, Patrick John Bennett Sr. and Deborah Ann Bennett; a sister, Kelly Ann Bennett of Timonium; his maternal grandmother, Theresa Baginski of Fells Point; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ellsworth D. Linton, 61, Westinghouse supervisor

Ellsworth D. Linton, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. supervisor, died Monday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. The Pasadena resident was 61.

He worked at the Westinghouse facility in Linthicum for 36 years and retired in 1993.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling, softball and Orioles baseball.

Born and raised in Point Pleasant, Anne Arundel County, he was a 1955 graduate of Glen Burnie High School. He served in the Navy as a machinist from 1957 until 1963.

Mr. Linton was a member of Grace Baptist Church, 17 Somerset Road, Pasadena, where services will be held at noon tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara A. Schmincke, whom he married in 1959; a son, Ricky Linton of Ellicott City; two daughters, Terry Russell of Charles County and Kathy Moyer of Baltimore; his mother, Catherine Linton of Baltimore; a brother, Jimmy Linton of Kent Island; two sisters, Kathleen Bargar of Baltimore and Beverly Bell of Glen Burnie; and six grandchildren.

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