James E. Schmidt Sr., 68, welder and shop owner James...

February 07, 2000

James E. Schmidt Sr., 68, welder and shop owner

James E. "Smitty" Schmidt Sr., a retired welder and shop owner, died of cancer of the larynx Jan. 31 at home in Beechfield. He was 68.

Born in Southwest Baltimore, he attended St. Martin High School and married Jean Crocetti in 1952. About five years later, after being trained as a welder, he went to work at Western Electric Corp.'s Broening Highway plant.

He stayed 32 years and retired, but not for long. Mr. Schmidt became a welder for the Social Security Administration, working there for seven years and retiring in 1990. Again, he wasn't retired for long.

"Dad, he was the type of person who couldn't sit still," said son Jan Schmidt of Arbutus. "He needed to keep active."

He and his father opened Miracles Happen, a Catonsville shop that sells inspirational items for people attending programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Mr. Schmidt was a member of St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery Church in Irvington and, for years, was part of the stage crew for the church's passion play.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday at St. Joseph's.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by two other sons, Jay Schmidt of Arbutus and Joey Schmidt of Sophia, N.C.; his mother, Margaret Smith of Violetville; a sister, Frances Dalfonzo of Catonsville; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Phoebe Ann Nash Triplett, 67, Baltimore schoolteacher

Phoebe Ann Nash Triplett, a Baltimore schoolteacher for 40 years, died of lung cancer Tuesday at her son's home in Woodlawn. She was 67.

Born in Warrenton, Va., Phoebe Nash graduated from Virginia State College in Petersburg in 1952, earning a bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation.

She moved to Baltimore to become a physical education teacher at Pimlico Middle School, teaching there for 30 years before moving to Diggs-Johnson Middle School, where she ran the computer lab until she retired in 1996. After retirement, she continued to work part time as test coordinator for Diggs-Johnson.

In 1966, she married John M. Triplett, who died in 1980.

Mrs. Triplett, who lived in Owings Mills at the time of her death, was a member of the Alpha Eta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

She loved to crochet, said her son, William M. Triplett of San Diego. Her Christmas decorations were lavish -- she started working on the next year's version as soon as the holidays were over.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Reisterstown, where she was a congregant.

She is survived by another son, Kevin J. Triplett of Woodlawn; a brother, William A. Nash Jr. of Springfield, Va.; and three grandchildren.

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