George Marion Kammerer, 71, Army research worker George...

January 06, 2000

George Marion Kammerer, 71, Army research worker

George Marion Kammerer, who worked for the Army Medical Research Chemical Defense Institute at Edgewood Arsenal for 41 years, died Dec. 30 from complications of surgery at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 71.

The longtime Aberdeen resident retired in 1987 from the Army facility, where he cared for animals that were used for testing.

Born and raised in Joppa, he was a graduate of Harford County Public Schools and served in the Navy during World War II.

His marriage to the former Jean Cage ended in divorce.

He was an active member of American Legion Post No. 17 in Edgewood.

Services were held Tuesday.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Janet Gail Royal; four sons, Steven R. Kammerer of Aberdeen, Jerald L. Eaton of Abingdon, James M. Eaton of Red Lion, Pa. and John L. Eaton of Airville, Pa.; five daughters, Sandra R. Testerman of Conowingo, Sheila G. Ellison of Rising Sun, Sharon A. Kammerer of Chestertown, Tawnya S. Lieske of Aberdeen and Sandra J. Hite of Orono, Me.; three brothers, Walter L. Kammerer of Edgewood, John D. Kammerer of North East and Robert Kammerer of Aberdeen; three sisters, Dorothy M. Miller of Edgewood, Anna Maria Morrison of Roanoke, Va. and Ruth J. Minnick of Joppa; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Joyce F. Keyser, 79, grade school teacher

Joyce Froelicher Keyser, a retired first-grade teacher at Park School who enjoyed weaving, died Sunday of pneumonia while visiting her son in Evergreen, Colo. She was 79 and lived at Broadmead Retirement Community in Hunt Valley.

Mrs. Keyser, a former Stoneleigh resident, taught at the Brooklandville school from 1961 to 1977.

Raised in the 1400 block of Bolton St., the former Joyce Froelicher was the daughter of Hans Froelicher Jr., a prominent civic activist and educator, and Joyce Sangree Froelicher.

Her father had been Park School headmaster from 1932 to 1956, and president of the Citizens Housing & Planning Association of Baltimore from 1944 until 1956.

Mrs. Keyser was a 1938 graduate of Park School and earned her bachelor's degree from Goucher College in 1942. During World War II, she was a Navy civilian cryptographer and worked on breaking German codes.

In 1942, she married Robert L. Keyser Sr., who died in 1975.

Mrs. Keyser enjoyed weaving and knitting, and was a member of the Weaver's Guild. She exhibited her work for many years at the annual Maryland State Fair.

She was a member of Stony Run Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 3: 30 p.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by a son, Robert L. Keyser Jr. of Evergreen; a daughter, Joyce Mace of Lutherville; two brothers, F. Charles Froelicher of Denver, and Frederick Sharpless Froelicher of Townsend, Mont.; and four grandchildren.

Marjorie Ellen Peters, 73, bank teller, liked sewing

Marjorie Ellen Peters, a retired bank teller, died Friday of a ruptured aorta at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 73.

Mrs. Peters, who was known as "Marge," had formerly been a longtime LaVale resident and had lived in Timonium since 1995.

Mrs. Peters had worked at several banks in the Cumberland area before retiring in 1975.

The former Marjorie Ellen Merritt was born and raised in Hammond, Ind., where she graduated from high school. She attended Purdue University and was married in 1945 to Harry W. Peters, a general welding supervisor with the Chessie System Railroads, who died in 1995.

She had been an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cumberland, and after moving to Timonium, was active in St. Paul's Lutheran Church there. She also enjoyed sewing and cooking.

Services were held yesterday in Cumberland. Plans for a memorial service in Timonium were incomplete yesterday.

Mrs. Peters is survived by her three daughters, Suzanne Geueke of East Stroudsburg, Pa., Jennifer Naughten of Timonium and Laurie Balmford of Bel Air; a brother, Trulan Merritt of Griffith, Ind.; a sister, Patricia Alexanderson of Pottstown, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.

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