Joseph B. Brown Jr., 79, pilot for TWAJoseph B. Brown Jr...

May 13, 1999

Joseph B. Brown Jr., 79, pilot for TWA

Joseph B. Brown Jr., a retired airline pilot and former Baltimorean, died May 6 of cancer at Lake General Hospital in Osage Beach, Mo. He was 79.

Mr. Brown, who lived in Sunrise Beach, Mo., was a pilot for Trans World Airlines for 38 years and retired in 1980.

FOR THE RECORD - Joseph A. Brown Jr.: An obituary published in Thursday's editions of The Sun published an incorrect middle initial for Joseph A. Brown Jr. The Sun regrets the error.

He learned to fly at the old Curtiss-Wright Airport in Northwest Baltimore while earning a bachelor's degree at Loyola College. After graduating in 1942, he joined TWA's intercontinental division and flew transports during World War II.

After the war, he moved to Kansas City, Mo.

Born in Homeland, he was a 1938 graduate of Calvert Hall and a member of the alumni associations there and at Loyola College.

Services for Mr. Brown were set for today in Missouri.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Eliese D. Itzel; six sons, Joseph Brown III of Floyds Knob, Ind., George Brown of Meridian, Miss., Christopher Brown of Kansas City, Mo., John Brown of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Donald Brown of Overland Park, Kan., and Gerard Brown of Kansas City, Kan.; a daughter, Peggy Davis of Butler, Pa.; two brothers, James I. Brown of Baltimore and Michael Brown of Ocean City; two sisters, Irene Caughy of Kent Island and Sara Whipple of Lutherville; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mildred Gertrude Brown, 86, homemaker and poet

Mildred Gertrude Brown, a homemaker who wrote poetry, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at the home of a son in Hagerstown. She was 86.

Mrs. Brown moved to Hagerstown from Arnold in 1994.

The former Mildred G. Feustle was born in Mount Washington and educated in parochial schools. She was a saleswoman at Hochschild Kohn's downtown Baltimore store before she married Norman E. Brown in 1936. He died in 1983.

Mrs. Brown was an avid writer of verse, mainly for her family and friends.

She had been a longtime communicant of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis and attended St. Ann Roman Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

Services were private.

Mrs. Brown is survived by two sons, Norman F. Brown Sr. of Hagerstown and Charles D. Brown of Annapolis; and a grandson.

Ruth T. Heinz, 88, homemaker, activist

Ruth T. Heinz, a homemaker and community activist, died Monday from complications of a urinary tract infection at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 88.

Mrs. Heinz had been a resident of Edenwald retirement community in Towson since 1992. She had formerly lived in West Baltimore's Rognel Heights, where she was active in the neighborhood association.

She also tutored adults in reading and was active in the federal Women, Infants and Children program. In recognition of her volunteerism, then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer presented her a "Best of Baltimore" award.

At Rognel Heights United Methodist Church, Mrs. Heinz was director of the Sunday school and a member of the Women's Society of Christian Service.

The former Ruth Taylor was born in Hampden and attended Eastern High School. She worked as a secretary until she married Carl A. Heinz in 1936.

Services for Mrs. Heinz will be held at 10: 30 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, York and Overbrook roads, in Rodgers Forge.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John C. Heinz of Ellicott City; a daughter, Ida May Mantel of Washington; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

H. Marvin Whittle, 87, Western Electric supervisor H. Marvin Whittle, a retired Western Electric Co. supervisor, died May 6 of a stroke at Wesley Home in Mount Washington. The former East Baltimore resident was 87.

Mr. Whittle joined Western Electric's Point Breeze works in 1936 and retired as supervisor of the cord department in 1974.

The East Baltimore native attended City College. He was the eldest member in age and membership of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Monument and Bouldin streets, where he was an active layman and teacher.

He was also a past master and chaplain of Baltimore Lodge No. 210 A.F. & A.M. and a member of Baltimore Forest No. 45 Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

Services were held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Nash, whom he married in 1927; a son, Gary R. Whittle of Reading, Pa.; a daughter, Janet W. Freedman of Mount Washington; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Correction

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.

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