Bertha A. Harris, 77, seamstress, homemakerBertha A...

May 26, 1999

Bertha A. Harris, 77, seamstress, homemaker

Bertha A. Harris, a homemaker and retired seamstress, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The longtime East Baltimore resident was 77.

Mrs. Harris was a seamstress for 25 years at the Haas Tailoring Co. in East Baltimore and retired in the mid-1980s.

The former Bertha Austin was born in Liberty, S.C., where she graduated from high school. She moved to Baltimore in 1940.

In 1943, she married Richard C. Harris Sr., who died in 1988.

She was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Caroline and Oliver streets, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow .

She is survived by a son, William Harris Sr. of Baltimore; three sisters, Ruth Evans of Easley, S.C., and Florence Ramsey and Naomi Ellisson, both of Hartford, Conn.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Stanley Albert Vitek Sr., 64, chief of city water plant

Stanley Albert Vitek Sr., retired superintendent of the Ashburton water treatment plant in Northwest Baltimore, died of cancer Sunday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 64 and lived in White Hall.

He was a city Department of Public Works employee for 38 years and retired in 1995.

The Baltimore native graduated from City College in 1953 and the University of Baltimore in 1973.

Funeral services will be private.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Clark, whom he married in 1980; a son, Stanley Albert Vitek Jr. of Carney; two daughters, Donna L. Vitek of Ellicott City and Karen Persons of Oldtown ; two brothers, William Vitek of Saratoga, Calif., and Edgar Vitek of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Dolores Petr of Fallston; and five grandchildren.

James E. Clancy Jr., 66, Hopkins Hospital employee

James E. Clancy Jr., a retired Air Force master sergeant and Johns Hopkins Hospital employee, died Sunday of a heart attack at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Rosedale resident was 66.

Mr. Clancy served in the Air Force as a medic for 26 years, including service in Korea during the Korean war, and was discharged in 1974. That year, he was employed as unit coordinator at the department of neurology at Hopkins Hospital and retired again in 1990.

Born and raised on Chase and Ensor streets in East Baltimore, he earned his General Educational Development diploma while serving in the Air Force and later an associate's degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Central Baptist Church, 404 N. Marlyn Ave., Essex.

Mr. Clancy is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Margaret Turner; three sons, James E. Clancy III of Ellicott City, Michael Clancy of Baltimore and Daniel Clancy of Canton, Ohio; two daughters, Colleen Conlon of Inkerman, Pa., and Lisa Yeager of Baltimore; a sister, Eileen Bruchey of Glen Burnie; and 11 grandchildren.

Dorothy C. Yarrington, 100, caterer, taught brides to cook

Dorothy C. Yarrington, a former caterer who taught young brides how to cook during World War II, died Friday of heart failure at Roland Park Place, where she had lived since 1985. She was 100.

Mrs. Yarrington established a catering business in the 1930s. With the outbreak of World War II, she started a cooking school for brides in the kitchen of her home on Edgevale Road in Roland Park.

"She started them off with such basics as how to boil water," said her son, Charles L. Lea Jr. of Baltimore.

In the early 1950s, Mrs. Yarrington appeared on local Baltimore television, talking about nutrition and good cooking. In the late 1970s, she wrote a cookbook, "Some Tempting Foods for Sick People," and gave the profits from sales to the hospice program at Union Memorial Hospital.

The former Dorothy Croker was born in St. Mary's County. Her mother, Maria Briscoe Croker, was Maryland's first poet laureate. An ancestor, John Briscoe, came to Maryland with the settlers on the Ark and the Dove.

She was raised in New York City, Richmond, Va., and Guilford, and graduated from Eastern High School.

In 1927, she married Charles L. Lea Sr., who died in 1962. She married R. Grayson Yarrington in 1978; he died in 1980.

She was the oldest living communicant of St. David Episcopal Church in Roland Park, where services were held yesterday.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Yarrington is survived by seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 5/26/99

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