Herman Sippel, 73, firefighter for 43 yearsHerman Sippel...

August 04, 1999

Herman Sippel, 73, firefighter for 43 years

Herman Sippel, who had been a Baltimore firefighter for more than four decades, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital from injuries sustained in a fall at his home. He was 73.

The longtime Idlewylde resident was building a garage behind his Northeast Baltimore home at the time of the accident. He had built his home and his daughter's home.

"He loved that kind of work, especially the plumbing, brick and concrete work," said his wife of 51 years, the former Margaret E. Laisure.

Mr. Sippel began his career with the Baltimore Fire Department in 1950 at Engine Company No. 10 on Washington Boulevard and transferred to Hose Co. No. 1 on Gay Street. He was assigned to Engine Company No. 6 at Gay and Orleans streets from 1976 until he retired in 1993.

Family members said he participated in two memorable fires -- a six-alarm fire in the 300 block of N. Charles St. in March 1954 when he helped rescue another firefighter, and the famous 1955 nine-alarm fire at Tru-Fit Clothing on East Baltimore Street that killed six firefighters.

He was a member of the Retired Fire Officers and Firefighters Association.

Born and raised on Caroline Street, the son of a grocer, Mr. Sippel attended city schools until the ninth grade and worked for a plumber for several years. During World War II, he was an Army artilleryman in the Pacific.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

He also is survived by a son, Mark R. Sippel of Idlewylde; two daughters, Carolyn A. Joyner of Darlington and Nancy L. Wagner of White Hall; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Marylene E. Groves, 69, homemaker, bingo player

Marylene E. Groves, a homemaker and bingo enthusiast, died Sunday from complications of emphysema at Mariner Health of Greater Laurel. She was 69.

Mrs. Groves, who had lived in Glen Burnie for more than 20 years, played at bingo halls throughout the state, said family members. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and taking care of her grandchildren.

The former Marylene E. Bowen was born in Covington, Va., where she attended public schools. She came to Baltimore in the late 1940s and worked as a waitress until her 1949 marriage to Harold A. Groves, a merchant marine engineer. He died in 1963.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 at Donaldson Funeral Home, 313 Talbott Ave., Laurel.

She is survived by two sons, William Groves of Santa Clara, Calif., and Robert Groves of Aviano Air Force Base, Italy; a daughter, Cynthia Henneberry of Glen Burnie; a brother, Elmer Bowen of Augusta, Ga.; and nine grandchildren.

Lealia M. "Sis" Easton, 70, education aide, activist

Lealia M. "Sis" Easton, a retired school system employee who was active in Hampden community affairs, died Saturday of heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 70.

The longtime Hampden resident was an education aide at the North Baltimore community's Robert Poole Middle School for 30 years and retired in 1996. Her responsibilities included organizing school fund-raisers, overseeing the distribution of bus passes, the free lunch program and the yearbook.

She was a volunteer at Hampden's Roosevelt Recreation Center, and a member and former president of the center's Cordiality Club. She also organized skating parties, bowling leagues and trips to Atlantic City, N.J., for the community. She was a member of the Salvation Army Women's Home League.

The former Lealia Bradley was born and raised on a farm on Liberty Road and earned her General Educational Development degree during the early 1960s.

In 1948, she married Vernon R. Easton Sr., who died in 1996.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home, 3631 Falls Road.

She is survived by a son, Robert V. "Rusty" Easton of Hampden; two daughters, Susan Brown and Janet Laumann, both of Hampden; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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