John W. Rodgers, 83, salesman for 40 yearsJohn W. Rodgers...

May 06, 1999

John W. Rodgers, 83, salesman for 40 years

John W. Rodgers, a retired salesman, died Monday of cancer at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. He was 83 and lived in Ocean City.

Mr. Rodgers spent 40 years as a salesman, first with the J. H. Filbert margarine firm in Southwest Baltimore and then with Smith Motor Co. in White Marsh. He retired in 1975 and moved to Ocean City in 1983.

Born in South Baltimore, he graduated from St. Mary's Star of the Sea parochial school. He was active in Catholic fraternal orders, including the Knights of Columbus. In 1981, he was named the group's Grand Commander of the Alcala Caravan, Order of Alhambra and was a charter member of its Ocean City chapter.

In 1983, he was president of the Cheese Club of Baltimore, a organization of 100 men who made monthly Sunday visits to poor Catholic parishes, contributing to their collections and making building repairs. The club's name is a reference to Friday, when the group held its business meetings and -- by old tradition -- Catholics abstained from eating meat.

He also served as president of the Ocean City chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons and was a former member of the Sons of Italy, the Marlin Club and the Baltimore Yacht Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Luke Roman Catholic Church in Ocean City.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Viola H. Telmanoski; two daughters, Marcia DiGregorio of White Marsh and Sharon McKenna of Timonium; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Albert T. Blackwell Sr., 101, chief chemist

Albert Turner Blackwell Sr., a retired chemist, died in his sleep Monday at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. He was 101.

An analytical chemist, Mr. Blackwell began his career at Central Chemical and later joined Davison Chemical Co. in Curtis Bay, which became Grace Davison. He retired as chief chemist in 1962.

Born in Ruffin, N.C., he was a 1918 graduate of Trinity College, now Duke University, and was tennis champion of his class. He had been Sunday school superintendent at Gatch Memorial Methodist Church in Baltimore and a Sunday school teacher at Wesley Grove Methodist Church in Harmans.

He formerly resided in Hanover, where he raised chickens and grew flowers and vegetables, and at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.

He was married to Ruth Dayton for 58 years. She died in 1980.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel at Charlestown, 713 Maiden Choice Lane.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Phillips, whom he married in 1987; three sons, Albert Turner Blackwell Jr. of Upper Marlboro, James Dayton Blackwell of Catonsville and Donald McNeill Blackwell of Timonium; a daughter, Ruth Blackwell Law of Gaithersburg; two sisters, Melissa B. Torrence and Evelyn B. Staley, both of Charlotte, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Joan B. Rauschenberger of Mercersburg, Pa.; a stepson, John M. Buchheimer of Braddock Heights; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Louis G. Rosenheim, 82, company vice president

Louis G. Rosenheim, a retired business executive, died Tuesday of kidney failure at Howard County General Hospital. He was 82 and lived in Pikesville.

Mr. Rosenheim retired 10 years ago as vice president of Mercury Advertising Distributors in Washington. Earlier, he was a manufacturer's representative in the furniture and carpeting industry.

The Baltimore native, who attended local schools, married Marjorie Adele Lowy 35 years ago. She died in 1984.

Services are private.

He is survived by two sons, Steven Rosenheim of Columbia and Philip Rosenheim of Silver Spring; a sister, Betsy Leon of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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