Alfred Joseph Besche, 76, furniture store treasurer...

May 24, 1999

Alfred Joseph Besche, 76, furniture store treasurer

Alfred Joseph Besche, retired treasurer of the old Four Besche Brothers furniture store, died Wednesday of pneumonia at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 76 and lived in Timonium.

Mr. Besche worked at his family's store in the 1000 block of Light St. in southern Baltimore from the 1940s until the 1970s, when the store moved to Joppa Road in Towson before it closed. The firm was founded by his father, Adolph, and his father's brothers, Joseph, Anthony and Charles.

After the store closed, Mr. Besche went to work as a financial agent for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He retired in 1986.

Born in Roland Park, he was a graduate of Loyola High School and Loyola College. He married B. Adelaide Mueller in 1957.

He enjoyed traveling to Europe and the Panama Canal Zone.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lucy Moira Beechler of Eldersburg and Barbara B. McGreevy of Darlington; and five grandchildren.

Sherman C. Perry, 77, Bethlehem Steel official

Sherman C. Perry, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. shipyard official, died Friday of kidney failure at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 77 and lived in Dundalk.

Mr. Perry spent more than 40 years in managerial positions at Beth Steel shipyards, beginning at the Fairfield shipyard in 1942. He worked in Sparrows Point; Singapore, where he was president and general manager; and Beaumont, Texas. He retired in 1985 and returned to Dundalk.

He was one of the first American businessmen to visit mainland China after relations between the United States and China were normalized in the early 1970s, said his stepson, Howard L. Meyers of St. Davids, Pa.

Mr. Perry was a native of White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and a 1940 graduate of the high school there.

In the early 1960s, he was a founder of the Dundalk Power Squadron, a nonprofit group dedicated to teaching power boat safety, although he did not own a boat.

In 1985, the former Eagle Scout received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award for his business accomplishments and years of service to the Boy Scouts of America.

He married Anna Mary Mulheran in 1983 after the death of his first wife, E. Daphne Perry, earlier that year.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Perry will be offered at 1 p.m. today at St. Rita Roman Catholic Church, Dunglow Road and Dunmanway in Dundalk.

In addition to his wife and stepson, he is survived by a daughter, Sharon M. Owlett of Fairfax, Va.; and five grandsons.

Beverly Ann Budacz-Norris, 37, food service manager

Beverly Ann Budacz-Norris, a food service manager, died Wednesday of acute pancreatitis at University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 37 and lived in Parkville.

Mrs. Budacz-Norris worked for Eurest Dining Services, supervising the company's cafeteria at Zurich Personal Insurance Co. on West 40th Street. She began her career about 15 years ago with Service America, which was acquired by Eurest.

The former Beverly Ann Budacz was born and raised in Lutherville and graduated from Towson High School. She attended the Culinary Arts Institute in New York.

An avid flower gardener, she also enjoyed traveling and spending summers at Stone Harbor, N.J., where she fished with her husband of six years, Kirk Norris.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium.

She also is survived by her parents, Edward J. and Geraldine K. Budacz of Lutherville; a brother, Ned Budacz of Parkville; a sister, Patricia Budacz of Bel Air; a stepdaughter, Christina Norris of Essex; and a nephew.

Pub Date: 5/24/99

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