Katherine E. Hanson, 78, gift shop ownerKatherine E...

May 05, 1999

Katherine E. Hanson, 78, gift shop owner

Katherine E. Hanson, retired owner of an Annapolis gift shop, died of heart failure Sunday at Anne Arundel County Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 78.

In 1952, she opened the Bonnie Lynne gift shop, offering cards and jewelry, at the old Carvel Hall Hotel on Prince George's Street. The business closed in 1972 when the hotel was torn down to create the William Paca House Garden.

Born in Painter, Va., the former Katherine Hickman moved to Baltimore as a child and lived on Kossuth Street in Irvington. She was a graduate of Eastern High School.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, 1300 West St., Annapolis, where a funeral service will be held at noon today.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Norris M. Hanson; a son, Lee N. Hanson of Annapolis; four daughters, Katherine E. Howard of Dunkirk, Bonnie Lynn Sears of Port Republic, Pamela D. Lauer of Harwood and Dawn Hanson Dougan of Annapolis; a brother, George F. Hickman of Stuart, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Edward P. Colwill, 91, construction firm founder

Edward P. Colwill, founder and former president of a Baltimore construction company, died Monday of cancer at Northwest Medical Center. The longtime Owings Mills resident was 91.

In 1932, Mr. Colwill borrowed $500 against an insurance policy and established Colwill Construction Co. in the 2100 block of Maryland Ave.

The company built schools and post offices in the Baltimore area and worked on major construction projects at then-University of Maryland Hospital, Villa Julie College and Koontz Dairy.

Mr. Colwill retired in 1971 and turned over the company to his employees, who operated it until 1981.

He was born in London and immigrated to Wilmington, Del., in 1908. He moved to Pikesville in 1913 and graduated from Franklin High School in 1925.

Mr. Colwill studied architecture at Maryland Institute, College of Art, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1929. He worked for Pase-Norris Construction Co. before he established his firm.

He was a founder and later president of Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade group, and a former president of the Baltimore Optimist Club and Children's Fresh Air Society.

He was a member of the Masons for 70 years, Boumi Temple, Scottish Rite and the U.S. Navy League. He had belonged to the University Club and Baltimore Country Club.

He was married for many years to Elizabeth Tunis, who died in 1990. A daughter, Eleanor G. Colwill, died in 1993.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

He is survived by a son, Edward M. Colwill of the Hampton section of Baltimore County; a daughter, Elizabeth C. Wiegers of Vail, Colo.; a sister, Winiford Middlekauff of Catonsville; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Ethel Simms of Owings Mills.

Patricia Skinner, 52, church volunteer

Patricia Skinner, a church volunteer, died Saturday of complications of leukemia at Church Hospital. The Patterson Park resident was 52.

A longtime volunteer at Tabernacle of God at Fremont Avenue and Mosher Street in West Baltimore, the former Patricia Anderson was born in Baltimore and graduated from Dunbar High School.

Funeral services will be held at 6: 30 p.m. Friday at Triumph Baptist Church, 2200 E. Oliver St.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert C. Skinner Sr., whom she married in 1965; a son, Herbert C. Skinner Jr.; three daughters, Vonderlier Skinner, Juanita Skinner and Keshia Skinner; a brother, James Brown; a sister, Ruby Tig- ney; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. All are of Baltimore.

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