Elizabeth Ann Cregon, a retired registered nurse and...

August 24, 1999

Elizabeth Ann Cregon, a retired registered nurse and longtime volunteer, died from complications of diabetes Aug. 17 at the home of a daughter in Timonium. She was 71.

Mrs. Cregon, who retired in the 1980s, had been an emergency room nurse at University of Maryland Medical Center, Mount Wilson State Hospital and Spring Grove Hospital Center.

For several years, she was administrator of Calvert County Nursing Home in Prince Frederick.

She was a charter member of the John Hanson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Frederick and, for 34 years, a member of the John Eager Howard Chapter in Baltimore.

Mrs. Cregon was a volunteer at Perry Point and Fort Howard veterans hospitals and state DAR chairwoman for veteran patients' services. While in that post, the number of DAR chapters that did volunteer work at veterans hospitals grew from three to 21. In recognition of her efforts, the DAR gave her a national award in 1997.

She also volunteered at Rosewood Center, a mental hospital in Owings Mills. She was known there as the "Cake Lady" because of the cakes she baked, decorated and donated to raise money and to buy a wheelchair van for the Paca Unit.

The former Elizabeth Hawkins was born in Hilton Village, near Newport News, Va. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing in 1949 and was an Air Force nurse in 1950 and 1951.

Her marriage to Joseph A. Allegra ended in divorce. She was married to Richard Bauer and John Cregon, both of whom are deceased.

Services were held Friday.

She is survived by two daughters, Toni Allegra of Baltimore and Charlotte Bauer of Timonium; two brothers, Craig Hawkins of Gloucester Point, Va., and George Hawkins of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Sarah Hawkins of Baltimore and Barbara Cox of Newport News; and a grandson.

Sterling C. Bower Sr., 78, independent trucker

Sterling C. Bower Sr., a former independent trucker and an Air Force veteran, died of cancer Friday at home in Dundalk. He was 78.

After graduating from high school in 1939 in Freeland, Pa., Mr. Bower enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served during World War II. He also served during the Korean War and retired from the Air Force in 1961.

The native of Jeddo, Pa., then bought an 18-wheel tractor-trailer and embarked on a 15-year career as an independent trucker.

Mr. Bower and his wife, who accompanied him on trucking jobs, visited all 50 states.

Mr. Bower retired from trucking in 1992. He was active in the American Legion and had been post commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10067 in Baltimore County. He also enjoyed gardening and fishing.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. today at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk Inc., 7922 Wise Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Helen Stafford; a son, Sterling C. Bower Jr. of Middle River; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Philip L. Gerwig Sr., 74, Baltimore City firefighter

Philip L. Gerwig Sr., a former Baltimore City firefighter, died Friday of heart failure at home in Lady Lake, Fla. The former Overlea resident was 74.

He joined the Baltimore Fire Department in 1950 and retired in 1975.

A resident of Lady Lake since 1985, he was born in Ellicott City, where he graduated from high school.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941 and was a machine-gunner with the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific. He was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1950.

He was a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite and the Boumi Temple and was a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

He was a member of the 1st Marine Division Association, the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He was a former member of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Hamilton.

No services will be held.

Mr. Gerwig is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Myra Tillery; a son, Philip L. Gerwig Jr. of Hagerstown; a daughter, Sandi Risty of Eldersburg; three sisters, Nina Lamb of Etowah, N.C., Shirley Barrick of Finksburg and Jessie Ramsburg of Howard County; and four grandchildren.

Thelma M. Foster, 90, homemaker, volunteer

Thelma M. Foster, a homemaker and native Baltimorean, died of cancer Friday at Brandywine Hall Rehabilitation Center in West Chester, Pa. She was 90.

The former Hampden resident and Salvation Army volunteer had lived in West Chester since 1995.

The former Thelma Ernst, who was raised on Lafayette Avenue, graduated from city public schools. Her marriage to Matthew Tumminello ended in divorce. She was married for many years to John Foster, who died in 1964.

A daughter, Jean Ferguson, died in 1995.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Parkwood Cemetery, 3310 Taylor Ave.

She is survived by a daughter, Frances Linacouras of West Chester; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


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