Olive P. Wawrzyniak, 79, Lever Brothers supervisorOlive...

May 03, 1999

Olive P. Wawrzyniak, 79, Lever Brothers supervisor

Olive Pauline Wawrzyniak, a retired supervisor at Lever Brothers Co., died Saturday of emphysema at Ivy Hall Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center in Middle River. She was 79 and lived in Middle River.

Born in Ohio, she moved to Baltimore during World War II and worked as a crane operator at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant.

She worked at Lever Brothers for 25 years before retiring in 1976.

In 1946, Olive Pauline Locke married Edwin Edward Wawrzyniak, who died in 1968.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Turner & Son Funeral Home in Hillsboro, Ohio.

She is survived by a son, Edward Keith Wawrzyniak of Middle River; two sisters, Opal Milburn and Josephine Baxley, both of Hillsboro; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

John C. Kotrla, 66, paint store manager

John C. Kotrla, a retired Baltimore paint store manager, died of respiratory failure Saturday at his Highlandtown home. He was 66.

A Baltimore native, he was a 1952 graduate of Patterson High School.

Mr. Kotrla worked about two years for Lasting Paints in Baltimore before working for Duron Paints, where was employed for 19 years in managerial positions.

He worked for Duron stores on Conkling Street in Highlandtown and Broadway in Fells Point before transferring to the store on Central Avenue, where he earned a reputation as a master at mixing paints to develop colors for customers.

He developed heart problems and other health ailments that forced him to retire in 1993.

Mr. Kotrla was a member of the former Civic Democratic Club and Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church in Highlandtown. He was an excellent dancer and liked to jitterbug at Legion halls and civic functions.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Joseph N. Zannino Jr. Funeral Home, 263 S. Conkling St.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Ida I. Barranco; seven stepdaughters, Ida Marie Rockline, Judy Moffitt, Helen Ward, Joanne Grelli, Rose Crone and Nancy Rocks, all of Baltimore, and Sarah Balling of Cambridge; a stepson, Joseph Barranco of Baltimore; a sister, Myrtle Kellner of Baltimore; 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mattie R. Sharpe, 76, homemaker

Mattie R. Sharpe, a homemaker, died of congestive heart failure Wednesdayat Northwest Medical Center. She was 76 and lived in Pikesville.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., and orphaned in her childhood, the former Mattie Mangrum moved to West Virginia, where she was raised by her maternal grandparents.

She was married to Harvey L. Sharpe, and they lived in the state until the coal mines in Logan closed in the late 1960s.

The couple moved to Cleveland. She lived there until 1974, two years after her husband's death. It was then that Mrs. Sharpe moved to the Baltimore area to live with a sister, Claudia White, who died in 1996.

Mrs. Sharpe was an avid reader and an excellent cook.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at March West Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave., Baltimore.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Mabry of Madison, W.Va.; three nieces; two nephews; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

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