Edna Snyder Knepper, 86, tax agency administrator Edna...

January 17, 2000

Edna Snyder Knepper, 86, tax agency administrator

Edna Snyder Knepper, a former Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation administrator and educator, died Friday from complications of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. She was 86.

Mrs. Knepper, who lived in Timonium for 30 years, had lived at Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm since 1996.

In 1984, she retired from the Department of Assessments and Taxation, where she had worked for several years. In the 1970s, she was a special education teacher at Dumbarton Middle School in Rodgers Forge.

Born Edna Wiest, she was raised on Walbrook Avenue in West Baltimore and earned a bachelor's degree in 1934 from Goucher College and a master's degree in special education from Loyola College in 1974.

In 1947, she married Carl C. Knepper, who died in 1992.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Mrs. Knepper played the organ at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Messiah Evangelical and Reformed Church and Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Timonium.

She enjoyed attending Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performances and operatic and choral concerts.

She was a member of Havenwood Presbyterian Church from 1958 to the early 1970s, where she was a deacon and elder.

For the past 25 years, she was a member of Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by a son, Randolph C. Knepper of Poplar Hill; a daughter, Janice E. Knepper of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; a sister, Marjorie E. Wiest of Lutherville; and two grandchildren.

Mitchell Gerber, 77, mechanical engineer

Mitchell Gerber, a retired mechanical engineer, died of cancer Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore County. The longtime Mount Washington resident was 77.

In 1948, he joined Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s shipbuilding works in Sparrows Point, designing equipment for freighters and tankers and teaching crew members how to use it. He retired in 1986.

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., he moved with his family to Baltimore when he was 14. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1940. He attended the Johns Hopkins University on a full scholarship and graduated in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific as an officer on a landing craft. After the war, he joined the Naval Reserve and retired at age 60 as a commander.

In 1947, Mr. Gerber married Phyllis Miller, who survives him.

He was a volunteer docent at the Maryland Historical Society and became an expert on state history. He was a patron of the Baltimore Museum of Art and Walters Art Gallery and a member of the Baltimore Bird Club.

A longtime member of Beth Am Synagogue in Baltimore, he was a "Mitzvah Mobility" volunteer, providing transportation to clients. He also was an interpreter for Yiddish-speaking immigrants, mostly from Russia.

Funeral services were held yesterday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Bruce Gerber of Coventry, Conn.; a daughter, Martha Hooker of Longwood, Fla.; two brothers, Nathan Gerber and Leonard Gerber, both of Baltimore; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

Linda L. Monaldi, 47, bookkeeper, band agent

Linda L. Monaldi, a bookkeeper and informal booking agent for the Monaldi Brothers band, died Wednesday of breast cancer at home in Overlea. She was 47.

The former Linda Johnson was born in Baltimore and attended public schools. In 1971, she married Frank J. Monaldi Sr., owner of Frank's Cutlery Service in Overlea and one of five brothers who make up the Monaldi Brothers band, which performs at local gatherings.

Since the early 1970s, Mrs. Monaldi was the bookkeeper for Frank's Cutlery. She also helped keep the schedule for the band and attended many of its performances.

After learning seven years ago that she had breast cancer, she joined a support group and counseled other women with the illness.

Funeral services were held Saturday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Theresa M. Johnson of Overlea; two sons, Frank J. Monaldi Jr. of Baltimore and Steven J. Monaldi of Edgewood; a daughter, Gina M. Springstead of Baltimore; three sisters, Patricia Hood of Westminster, Sharon J. Romans of Jacksonville, Fla., and Diane C. Frommeyer of Baltimore; three brothers, E. Dennis Johnson of Chesapeake, Va., Richard W. Johnson and Ronald T. Johnson, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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