Andrew F. Peterson, 69, retired engineerAndrew Frederick...

May 09, 1999

Andrew F. Peterson, 69, retired engineer

Andrew Frederick Peterson of Camp Creek, W. Va, formerly of Baltimore and Cambridge, died Wednesday of a heart attack after a long illness at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton, W. Va. He was 69.

Mr. Peterson and his wife moved to Camp Creek last year from Cambridge. He had retired in the early 1980s from the Patapsco Back River Railroad at Bethlehem Steel Corp., where he was an engineer.

Born in Turner Station, Mr. Peterson had lived in Dundalk and Brooklyn.

Services were held Saturday in Clintonville, W. Va.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Joyce Bunn Taylor Peterson; a son, Roger Peterson of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Julie Rhodes of Harrison, Mich.; three brothers, Lewis Peterson, Carl Peterson and Robert Peterson, all of Baltimore; a sister, Catherine Kresment of Baltimore; a half-brother, Bud Peterson of Baltimore; and a grandson.

Jean Elizabeth Jefferson, 63, hospital worker, angler

Jean Elizabeth Jefferson, who worked in area hospitals for more than 40 years, died Monday of cancer at her home in the Gwynn Oak neighborhood of Baltimore. She was 63.

Mrs. Jefferson retired last year because of her illness after 22 years at Springfield Hospital Center. Her last position with the state was as a direct care assistant. She had worked at Sinai and Provident hospitals.

A native of Arlington, Ga., she was educated in Georgia and New Jersey before moving to Baltimore as a young adult. She belonged to many social and fraternal organizations, including the American Legion auxiliary, the Liberty Social Club and the Liberty Rod 'n' Reel Club.

"Fishing was one of the things she loved most," said her daughter, Sheila Reid of Baltimore. She caught 390 fish on a weekend outing with the rod and reel club, and had received awards and trophies for her catches, Mrs. Reid said.

Mrs. Jefferson also loved to cook, with Southern cooking her specialty, her daughter said.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Morning Star Baptist Church in Catonsville.

In addition to her daughter, the former Jean Smith is survived by her husband of six years, Paul Jefferson; her father, Johnnie Hodge of Catonsville; three sons, Paul Jefferson Jr. of Newark, Del., and Clarence Shearin Jr. and Willie Kittrell, both of Baltimore; and another daughter, Alexandria Steveson of Greenville, S.C.

Also surviving are five brothers, Harmon "Judge" Johnson of Miami, Johnnie Hodge Jr., Leonard Hodge, Winston James and Clarence Shearin, all of Baltimore; nine sisters, Katherine Lewis, Faderia Hodge, Cynthia Hodge, Shirley Smith, Angela Reed, Linda James, Cornetta James, Lolita James and Dolores Murray, all of Baltimore. She is also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Alexander Lefko, 79, insurance agent, veteran

Alexander Lefko of Cockeysville, a retired insurance agent and World War II veteran, died Friday of a heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 79.

A longtime resident of eastern Baltimore County, Mr. Lefko recently had moved to Cockeysville. He had been an agent for Monumental Life Insurance Co. for more than 30 years.

Born in Pennsylvania, Mr. Lefko moved to Highlandtown as a child and graduated from Polytechnic Institute. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served during the war as a gunner on PBYs, the lumbering seaplanes known as "Black Cats." He flew on several missions, over the Philippines and Australia, that sank Japanese destroyers.

Those planes, and the men he served with, continued to be an interest of Mr. Lefko's, said his daughter, Anna Marie Moore of Baltimore. "These groups of men continued to get together year to year," she said. "That was what he enjoyed most."

Mr. Lefko was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Parkville and St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, which he had attended since he was a child.

In 1955, he married Jean Robier. Their marriage ended in divorce.

Services will be at 9: 30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael's Church, 2401 Eastern Ave.

In addition to Mrs. Moore, Mr. Lefko is survived by another daughter, Ann Louise Heslin of New Market, three granddaughters and two grandsons.

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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