Norbert H. Jaecks, 73, pari-mutuel clerk, guardNorbert H...

November 28, 1999

Norbert H. Jaecks, 73, pari-mutuel clerk, guard

Norbert H. Jaecks, a fixture for more than 20 years at Maryland horse tracks -- first as a pari-mutuel clerk and later as a security guard -- died Tuesday of heart failure at Genesis Spa Creek Nursing Home in Annapolis. The former Glen Burnie resident was 73.

Mr. Jaecks grew up in Govans and graduated from Patterson Park High School in 1945. He served for two years in the Army at the close of World War II.

After his discharge, he married Catherine E. Slaysman and worked as a security officer for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. until retiring in 1971, when he took up a second career as a bet-taker for local racetracks.

Through his sons, Mr. Jaecks became active in Boy Scouts as a troop leader and Scoutmaster, developing an interest in whitewater canoeing. The family traveled throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in pursuit of the sport.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Singleton Funeral Home on Second Avenue in Glen Burnie.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Harry Jaecks of Millersville and Michael Jaecks of Virginia Beach, Va.; three daughters, Linda Jaecks of Annapolis, Susan Umholtz of Owings Mills and Barbara Garrett of Severn; a brother, Charles Jaecks of Boca Raton, Fla.; a sister, Barbara Waugh of Sun City, Fla.; and 10 grandchildren.

Joan R. Jagielski, 77, Howard law firm manager

Joan R. Jagielski, a football booster and polka dancer who managed one of Howard County's largest law firms, died Wednesday of complications from multiple myeloma. The Ellicott City resident was 77.

Born Joan Mierzwicki, she was raised in Canton and graduated from Western High School in 1940.

During World War II, she began corresponding with a classmate who was serving in the Navy in the Pacific. She married Albert Jagielski in 1945 after his discharge.

The couple moved to Ellicott City, where she took a job as office manager for what would become the law firm of Reese and Carney -- a position she held for 26 years, until her retirement in 1988.

Active in St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church and the Church of the Resurrection, Mrs. Jagielski served for four decades in the Catholic Daughters of America, including two years as grand regent.

In her spare time, she enjoyed dancing, crabbing and duckpin bowling. A member of the Colonial Gardens League for more than 30 years, she could bowl in the 170s well into old age.

"She loved sports," said her husband of 54 years. "Every year for 29 years we traveled to Notre Dame to see at least one home game, mostly because both our sons went there. But long after they both graduated, she was still loyal to her team. That's a good word to describe her: loyal."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Jagielski is survived by her two sons, Thomas A. Jagielski of Grand Isle, Vt., and John A. Jagielski of Guilford, Conn.; a brother, Edward Mierzwicki of Baltimore; a sister, Constance Santoni of Corning, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

Mildred G. Burdette, 82, popcorn company executive

Mildred Gelstharp Burdette, a longtime supporter of Goucher College and a former executive of a popcorn company, died Wednesday after being hit by a car at the Broadmead retirement community in Hunt Valley, where she lived. She was 82.

Born in Pittsburgh, she came to Maryland to attend Goucher, where she graduated with a degree in romance languages in 1939.

After briefly attending secretarial school in New York, she returned to Maryland to marry Warren A. Burdette. Mrs. Burdette and her husband met at a hamburger stand owned by Mr. Burdette's parents.

After a brief stay in New Orleans, where her husband served in the U.S. Navy Cost Department, the couple settled in Stevenson.

In 1961, Mrs. Burdette began a long association with Cornco Inc., a Bare Hills popcorn company, where she rose from office manager to the board of directors. In 1981, she retired and moved to Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., returning to Maryland in 1994 to take up residence at Broadmead after the death of her husband.

Through the years, Mrs. Burdette served in a variety of positions in the Goucher College Alumnae Association. She also served in the League of Women Voters and as president of the women's auxiliary of St. Marks-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Pikesville.

Private services will be held tomorrow.

She is survived by her daughter, Melinda Burdette of Timonium.

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