Ruth L. Wellschlager, 78, homemaker, volunteer, nurseRuth...

May 29, 1999

Ruth L. Wellschlager, 78, homemaker, volunteer, nurse

Ruth L. Wellschlager, a homemaker and former Severna Park resident, died Wednesday from complications of a stroke at Genesis Eldercare in Concord, N.H. She was 78.

Mrs. Wellschlager, who had lived in Severna Park for 45 years, moved to Hopkinton, N.H., in 1985.

She was a former member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park and had volunteered with the Severna Park Health Center.

The former Ruth Lundgren was born and raised in Sister Bay, Wis., where she graduated from high school. A registered nurse, she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the Long Island College of Health in New York and worked briefly in the profession before marrying Earl K. Wellschlager, a Baltimore attorney, in 1946. He died in 1980.

She was a member of First Congregational Church in Hopkinton, where a memorial service will be held today.

She is survived by two sons, Earl S. Wellschlager of Severna Park and John D. Wellschlager of Portland, Ore.; three daughters, Carol L. Murphy of Hopkinton, Ruth I. Kaldor of Cabot, Vt., and Alice M. McNally of Toronto; a brother, Henry Lundgren of Torrington, Conn.; a sister, France L. LaRocco of Torrington, Conn.; and 12 grandchildren.

John K. McFee Sr., 63, headed air-conditioning parts firm

John K. McFee Sr., retired president of Rotorex Corp. in Walkersville, died in his sleep May 22 at his home in Spring City, Tenn. He was 63.

Mr. McFee was born in Louisville, Ky., and graduated from the University of Louisville. He moved to Baltimore in the 1970s and was an assistant plant manager for General Electric in Columbia. He was president of Rotorex, an air-conditioning parts company, for several years after leaving GE. He retired from Rotorex in 1989.

Services were held Tuesday in Louisville.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Billie Jo Gibbons; a son, John K. McFee Jr. of Hartselle, Ala.; three daughters, Kimberly Ballenger of Severna Park, Leslie Overholser of Baltimore and Michelle Aasen of Owings Mills; two brothers, Jim McFee of Louisville and Alan McFee of Leon, Iowa; a sister, Leanne McFee of Louisville; and seven grandchildren.

Joseph A. Burton, 74, CPA, trucking executive

Joseph A. Burton, a certified public accountant, trucking company executive and decorated World War II veteran, died Wednesday of a brain tumor at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 74.

Mr. Burton, who had been a Linthicum Heights resident since the 1940s, was president and chief executive officer of Joseph J. Hock Trucking Co. from 1950 until his retirement in 1996.

Known locally and nationally in the construction business, Mr. Burton had been president of the National Association of Building Contractors for several years and of the Maryland chapter of the organization. He had also been president of the Maryland Motor Truck Association.

Born and raised in Pasadena, he was a graduate of Glen Burnie High School and attended the University of Baltimore at night to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting.

During World War II, Mr. Burton served with the 3rd Infantry Division in Europe. Discharged at war's end with the rank of technical sergeant, he was decorated with two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening and traveling.

He was a member and served on the board of trustees of Linthicum Heights Methodist Church, 200 School Lane in Linthicum, where services will be held at 3 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Helen Loudenslager; a son, Dan Hiltz; four daughters, Sue ZuWallack of Pasadena, Joan Ringle of Crownsville, Barbara Tilghman of Severn and Gail Burton of Baltimore; three brothers, Leonard Burton III of Arnold, Bruce Burton of Glen Burnie and John Burton of Severn; a sister, Leslie Kowalewski of Glen Burnie; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

John F. Gallagher Sr., 83, directed 2 FBI laboratories

John F. Gallagher Sr., a retired FBI agent, died Monday of heart failure at Lorien Columbia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Howard County. He was 83 and had lived in Beltsville.

Until his retirement in 1972, he headed two scientific analysis laboratories at FBI headquarters in Washington.

Born in Salem, Mass., he was a graduate of Boston College and studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

During World War II, he served with the Army Air Forces in Europe.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville.

His wife, the former Edna Kenney, died five years ago.

He is survived by a son, John F. Gallagher Jr. of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Mary Gallagher-Dieringer of Columbia; a sister, Mary P. Connolly of Wenham, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 5/29/99

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