Diane Ruth Gibson, 55, florist, teacher Diane Ruth...

February 04, 2000

Diane Ruth Gibson, 55, florist, teacher

Diane Ruth Carter, a former owner of Roland Park Florist, died Sunday of respiratory failure at Franklin Square Hospital. She was 55 and lived in Lutherville.

She owned and operated the Falls Road florist shop from about the 1980s until she retired in 1997. Earlier, she had owned Evergreen Floral Arrangements in Greenspring Station.

Born Diane Guy in Tucson, Ariz., she was a 1967 graduate of the University of Arizona.

She had been president of the Baltimore Floral Association, the Heatherfield Neighborhood Association and the Alpha Chi Sorority. She was vice president of the Heatherfield Garden Club.

"She was extremely talented with floral arrangements and anything involving flowers," said Peggy Flanigan, a friend who lives in Lutherville.

Mrs. Carter also taught floral arranging at Towson High School's adult evening classes and was a volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

In 1968, she married George C. Carter Jr., a retired tobacconist, who survives her.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, on Smith Avenue in Mount Washington, where she was a member and decorated the altar for religious feasts and liturgies in the early 1990s.

She also is survived by two sons, George C. Carter III and John R. Carter, both of Lutherville; two daughters, Valerie Carter Reilly of Glen Cove, N.Y., and Susanne E. Carter of Lutherville; a brother, Jerry Guy, and her mother, Ruth Guy, both of Bozeman, Mont.; and a grandson.

Joe Gibson, 64, restaurant general manager

Joe Gibson, former general manager of the Orchard Inn, died Tuesday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 64 and lived in Northwood.

Beginning as a busboy and rising to general manager, he worked for about 30 years at the East Joppa Road restaurant. He also worked at other establishments, including the Tail of the Fox Restaurant in Timonium, the Belvedere Hotel and Chiapparelli's of Towson.

In 1987, he left the restaurant business and went into real estate in West Virginia. He also had been employed by Druid Ridge Cemetery as a grounds supervisor.

Born in Hensley, W.Va., he attended public schools there and moved to Baltimore as a young man.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Elsie Jean Hope; two sons, Master Sgt. Joe Richard Gibson of Twentynine Palms, Calif., and Kenneth Edward Gibson of Augusta, W.Va.; and three granddaughters.

Margaret Louise Christ, 88, stenographer, lawyer

Margaret Louise Christ, a retired stenographer who earned a law degree later in life, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at her Federal Hill residence. She was 88.

A longtime resident of a Warren Street rowhouse, she was a stenographer at the old Baugh Chemical Co. in Fells Point for nearly four decades. She retired in the early 1970s.

Born in Chase, Miss Christ was a 1928 graduate of Towson High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1932 from Sargent College in Boston.

In 1953, she earned a law degree from the University of Maryland Law School and was admitted to the Maryland bar. She never practiced law.

An animal lover, she enjoyed watching sports, gardening and weaving.

She was a member for many years of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Chase.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Loudon Park Chapel, 3620 Wilkens Ave. in Baltimore.

She is survived by a cousin, James Asher of Chase.

Kenneth H. Wienecke, 51, SSA claims specialist

Kenneth H. Wienecke, a Social Security Administration claims specialist, died Sunday of esophageal cancer at his Woodbine home. He was 51.

Mr. Wienecke was a disability claims specialist at SSA's Woodlawn headquarters, where he had started his career in 1968.

Born and raised in Catonsville, he was a 1966 graduate of Woodlawn High School. He served in the Navy as a dental assistant from 1968 until he was discharged in 1972. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Towson State University in 1984.

Mr. Wienecke had been an active member and union representative of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 123 since 1985.

He was an avid baseball fan.

He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine, where services were held yesterday. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Victoria Michael; a son, William K. Wienecke, and a daughter, Jessica Wienecke, both of Woodbine; and his mother, Alverta Wienecke of Catonsville.

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