John E. Mealey Sr., 77, owner of sign companyJohn E...

April 25, 1999

John E. Mealey Sr., 77, owner of sign company

John E. Mealey Sr., former owner of a sign company founded by his father, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at his Annapolis home. He was 77.

Mr. Mealey joined the Mealey Sign Co., an Annapolis sign lettering business, in 1936, and became known for his vehicle and marine lettering and commercial signage.

"He did hand-lettering and gold leafing for boats and yachts," said Wayne Bell, also an Annapolis sign painter and friend of many years.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Mealey served in the Navy at the Bainbridge Naval Training Center during World War II -- working as a sign painter.

He retired from Mealey Sign in 1986, but the business continues -- operated by a son, Timothy S. Mealey of Grasonville.

Mr. Mealey was a member of the Annapolis Elks Lodge No. 622, and a communicant at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.

Services were held yesterday.

Survivors also include his wife, the former Mary Callaway, whom he married in 1938; another son, John E. Mealey Jr. of Sparks, Nev.; a daughter, Patricia M. "Patsy" Phillips of Annapolis; three sisters, Elizabeth Rolls of Orlando, Fla., Anne Neal Mancha of Birmingham and Betty Sones of Vicksburg, Miss.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Alice Keating, 72, secretary at husband's firm

Alice Keating, who worked in her husband's cabinetmaking firm, died of cancer Wednesday at her Arnold home. She was 72.

Born in Johnstown, Pa., the former Alice Bellante was raised in Somerset, N.J. At 17, she enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and served in Florida during World War II.

She was married in 1948 to Joseph T. Keating Sr., a carpenter who established Crest Manufacturing, a cabinetmaking business on Calverton Road in Southwest Baltimore. She worked as a receptionist and secretary for the business. Mr. Keating died in 1980.

She was an avid collector of antique furniture, which she and her husband located on buying trips, then repaired, refinished and resold.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Stony Creek Democratic Club and Poplar Ridge Senior Citizens Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church, 8513 St. Jane Drive, Pasadena.

She is survived by a son, Joseph T. Keating Jr. of East Brunswick, N.J.; a daughter, Karyn Keating-Volke of Arnold; a brother, Jack Bellante of Monmouth Junction, N.J.; three sisters, Vicky Christian of South River, N.J., Ida Longo of New Brunswick, N.J., and Mary Brown of Kendall Park, N.J.; and four grandchildren.

Mary Louise Dorr, 83, BGE worker, pianist

Mary Louise Dorr, who worked in customer relations at the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., died Tuesday of heart failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 83.

Mrs. Dorr, who had lived at Stella Maris Hospice since 1994, was a former longtime Parkville resident.

She retired in 1977 from BGE, where she had worked in customer relations for 23 years.

For many years, Mrs. Dorr played piano in such well-known restaurants and clubs as Bill Pellington's Iron Horse Inn in Timonium and the old Gridiron Club in Northeast Baltimore.

The former Mary Louise Hock was born and raised in Detroit, Mich., where she graduated from high school. She lived in New England for several years before coming to Baltimore in the 1950s. Her marriage to L. Wesley Dorr ended in divorce.

Mrs. Dorr was active in book clubs and in Democratic politics.

A memorial service will be held at 2: 30 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Chapel, 2325 York Road, Timonium.

She is survived by three sons, Lawrence W. Dorr of Timonium, Roger Dorr of Bel Air and James Dorr of Owings Mills; a daughter, Judith Dorr Gasser of Sylmar, Calif.; a brother, James Hock of Santee, S.C.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Dr. Romulo Valencia Goco Sr., 75, general surgeon

Dr. Romulo Valencia Goco Sr., a retired Baltimore surgeon and avid gardener, died Thursday at his Towson home of cancer. He was 75.

Dr. Goco, who maintained a Northeast Baltimore office for more than 30 years, retired in 1994 from a general surgical practice.

He was born and raised in Pasay City, the Philippines, and graduated from public schools there. He earned his bachelor's degree and his medical degree in 1953 from the University of the Philippines.

In 1953, he came to Baltimore and completed his surgical residency at the old South Baltimore General Hospital, now Harbor Hospital Medical Center. In 1958, he returned to the Philippines where he worked in a hospital until returning to Baltimore in 1960.

Dr. Goco enjoyed visiting a farm he maintained in Calapan, the Philippines, and had created a typical Philippine-type garden at his Towson home.

He was married in 1955 to the former Barbara Ann Staicos, who died in 1984.

Services were held yesterday.

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