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November 29, 1999

Clara V. White, 93, an avid bingo player

Clara V. White, who at 92 played bingo seven nights a week, died of respiratory distress syndrome Saturday at North Arundel Hospital. She was 93 and lived on Whistler Avenue in Southwest Baltimore.

Born in West Baltimore, the former Clara Virginia Harmis went to work at Calvert Distilleries about age 15. About the same time, she met the man who would become her husband, Leonard White.

A family member said they met in Barry's Dance Hall on Baltimore Street, a common place for young couples to go in post-World War I Baltimore.

"I can see her decked out in her plastic jewelry. She was quite the dancer," said her niece, Donna M. Barnes of Pasadena.

They were married when she was 17, her husband 19. Mr. White died in 1963, the year she retired from Allied Paper Products.

About 1977, Mrs. White began playing bingo, weekly at first, but the game became a nightly entertainment.

"Aunt Clara could work 20 cards at once," said Mrs. Barnes. "She won lots of small prizes, but her big haul was a color television set."

A memorial service for Mrs. White will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Loudon Park Funeral Home, 3620 Wilkens Ave.

In addition to her niece, she is survived by a brother, Karle Barnes of Glen Burnie.

Thomas C. Bailey, 32, wrote of his muscular dystrophy

Thomas C. Bailey, a former reporter who chronicled his long struggle with muscular dystrophy in an autobiography, died Friday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. The Perry Hall resident was 32.

Born in Towson, he moved to Perry Hall with his family and graduated with honors from Perry Hall High School in 1985 and the Essex campus of what now is Community College of Baltimore County in 1988.

From birth, he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, one of the most severe forms of the illness.

In July 1989, he was a reporter for the Avenue newspaper in East Baltimore when he was hospitalized with breathing difficulties. Doctors performed an emergency tracheotomy and he became dependent on a respirator.

While living at home, he began work on an autobiography -- first by composing on a computer, later with a tape recorder. He completed the manuscript in 1995 and "Moving Mountains Without Muscles" was published in August.

Mr. Bailey enjoyed reading the Bible and attended Bible study at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa.

He was an avid sports fan and followed the Orioles and Washington Redskins.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.

He is survived by his parents, John and Marion Bailey of Perry Hall; two brothers, John F. Bailey Jr. of Westminster and Stephen Bailey of Perry Hall; a sister, Carol Anne Walker of Forest Hill; and four nieces.

Joseph W. T. Peroutka, 90, owned printing business

Joseph W. T. Peroutka, who owned a small printing business in Baltimore, died Nov. 22 of a heart attack at Sand Lake Hospital in Orlando, Fla. He was 90 and lived at Clare Bridge, an Orlando retirement facility.

Born in Northeast Baltimore, he left school in the seventh grade and worked at his mother's grocery store on Ashland Avenue.

In 1947, he and a friend, John Schwarz, started Graphic Offset Co. on Water Street near Pratt Street.

"It was something he and his partner loved from the very beginning," said Mr. Peroutka's daughter, Carolyn Ege of Orlando. "They went from the two of them to 20 employees."

The company, which was incorporated in 1980, printed Serenity, the magazine of the Little Sisters of the Poor; pamphlets and other material for the Baltimore Orioles; and a cookbook, "Chesapeake Bay Cooking."

The business was sold in 1988.

Mr. Peroutka was past president of the Litho Club of Maryland and was a member of Craftsman, a national organization of printers.

He was an avid fisherman and kept a 32-foot boat, the Joalca -- named after himself, his wife and daughter -- until he was 85.

His wife of 56 years, the former Alice Bingel, died in 1989.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 103 Church Lane, Texas.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a grandson and a granddaughter.

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