Lester L. Wheeler, 88, Army brigadier generalRetired Army...

May 12, 1999

Lester L. Wheeler, 88, Army brigadier general

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Lester L. Wheeler, a Baltimore native who witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor, died of cancer May 5 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. He was 88.

General Wheeler, who lived in Alexandria, Va., graduated from West Point in 1935 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when the Japanese attacked Dec. 7, 1941.

FOR THE RECORD - Gen. Lester L. Wheeler: In an obituary for Gen. Lester L. Wheeler published in yesterday's editions of The Sun, the address for his daughter, Helen Wheeler Buckley, was incorrectly stated. She lives in Guilford.
The Sun regrets the error.

During his career, he fought in the Pacific during World War II and in Korea; served on the faculties of West Point and the Armed Forces Staff College, and was 3rd Army chief of staff. He retired in 1965.

The native of West Baltimore was a 1929 graduate of McDonogh School and an accomplished horseman who rode in steeplechase races.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel at Fort Myer, Va.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Dorothy Hutchin; two sons, Louis L. Wheeler of Vienna, Va., and Thomas H. Wheeler of Eugene, Ore.; a daughter, Helen W. Buckley of Guilford, Conn.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Charles D. Hoover Sr., 86, aeronautical engineer

Charles D. Hoover Sr., a retired aeronautical engineer, died Thursday at Church Hospital of cancer. He was 86 and lived in Upperco.

After resigning his Navy commission in 1949, Mr. Hoover was an aeronautical engineer at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, where he was assigned to the development of the Apollo space program. From 1970 until he retired in 1978, he was a systems analyst at Edgewood Arsenal, which became a part of Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The native of Johnstown, Pa., was a 1935 graduate of the Naval Academy. After completing flight school at Pensacola, Fla., he commanded an anti-submarine squadron called "Hoover's Movers" off the coast of Brazil, hunting enemy U-boats during World War II. He later served as air officer aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

In 1947, he married the former Ann Hoen, who died in 1993.

Graveside services were held yesterday.

He is survived by three sons, Charles D. Hoover Jr. of Florida, Michael H. Hoover of Lochearn and David H. Hoover of Upperco; two daughters, Peppi Wilcox of Bunnell, Fla., and JoAnne Wisler of Florida; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Pansy R. Young, 68, practical nurse

Pansy R. Young, a retired practical nurse, died Saturday of kidney failure at her Pasadena home. She was 68.

Mrs. Young retired in 1978 after working as a private duty nurse. Before then, she worked at the old South Baltimore General Hospital and at North Arundel Hospital during the 1960s and early 1970s.

The former Pansy Raley, who was born and raised in Cresaptown, graduated from the old Baltimore City Hospitals School of Nursing in 1950.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, 3204 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

She is survived by her husband, William H. Young, whom she married in 1952; four sons, William L. Young and Dean B. Young, both of Baltimore, and Glenn T. Young and Randal K. Young, both of Pasadena; two daughters, Joy L. Conner of Baltimore and Linda P. Bottcher of Security, Colo.; three brothers, Tom Raley of Cumberland, Reds Raley of Dubuque, Iowa, and Robert Raley of Baltimore; a sister, Vivian Stone of Cumberland; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Etrulia White, 87, chef, domestic worker

Elizabeth Etrulia White, a former chef and West Baltimore resident, died Thursday of a stroke at a hospital in Glendale, Ariz. She was 87.

Mrs. White, who moved to Glendale in 1991, was a chef in restaurants in New Jersey and New York for many years. She returned to Baltimore in the 1960s, worked as a domestic and retired in 1977.

The former Elizabeth E. Dobson was born and raised in Danville, Va., where she graduated from high school.

In 1974, she married John White, who died in 1991.

Services were set for today in Glendale.

She is survived by a sister, Maria E. Webster of Glendale.

Katherine A. Showalter, 40, registered nurse

Katherine Ann Showalter, a former registered nurse, died of a heart attack Sunday at her Parkville home. She was 40.

Mrs. Showalter, who received a kidney transplant in 1997, was an operating room nurse at South Baltimore General Hospital -- now Harbor Hospital Center -- from 1984 until 1997, when she retired on disability.

The former Katherine Dantoni was born in Waverly in North Baltimore and graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 1976. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the South Baltimore General Hospital School of Nursing in 1983.

Mrs. Showalter liked to garden and play the piano.

She was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 42nd Street and Old York Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow .

She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Ralph Showalter; a daughter, Christine Marie Showalter of Parkville; her parents, Peter and Louise Dantoni of Baltimore; two brothers, Frank Dantoni of Rosedale and Joseph Dantoni of Baltimore Highlands; a sister, Helen Marinelli of Lutherville; and many nieces and nephews.

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