Clara M. Blattermann, 88, promoted Little Italy Clara...

March 06, 2000

Clara M. Blattermann, 88, promoted Little Italy

Clara M. Blattermann, a lifelong resident and self-appointed ambassador for Little Italy, died Thursday at her home of 74 years in the 300 block of S. Exeter St. -- two blocks from her birthplace. She was 88.

"Wherever we went, she would ask, `Where do you live? Do you ever come to Little Italy? We have our ravioli dinners in March and November, and our St. Anthony festival in June, and St. Gabriel in August. You should come and visit,' " said her daughter, Mary Bracken of Baltimore.

The former Clara Napolillo excelled not only at baking and homemade pasta, but also learned her mother-in-law's German sour beef and dumplings and Polish Chrusciki, bow-tie pastries.

She attended school until the eighth grade at her lifelong parish, St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, then went to work as a seamstress at a tailor shop near Green Mount Cemetery.

She met her husband, Albert Blattermann, who was German and Czech, when he visited her family while he was working for the Army Corps of Engineers from his home in Hoboken, N.J.

The couple married Christmas 1939. Mr. Blattermann died in 1994.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, 227 S. Exeter St.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Blattermann is survived by three sons, Albert Blattermann, Francis Blattermann and Joseph Blattermann, all of Baltimore; a brother, Frank Napolillo of Citrus Heights, Calif.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Harriett G. Coates, 91, private duty nurse

Harriett G. Coates, a retired private duty nurse, died Wednesday at Northwest Hospital Center of heart failure and complications of a stroke. She was 91 and lived in Owings Mills.

Born in Durham, N.C., the former Harriett Grant came to Baltimore as a girl and attended public schools. She completed training at St. Paul Institute School of Nursing in 1949 and became a private duty nurse. She retired at age 62.

She married James Z. Coates Sr. in 1931. He died in 1990. He was an elder and assistant pastor at Church of God, 4310 Edmondson Ave., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

She is survived by four daughters, Mary Coates, Harriett L. Johnson, Winifred Henderson and Doris D. Coates, all of Baltimore; five sons, James Z. Coates Jr. of Tampa, Fla., Ridgely Solomon Coates of Munich, Germany, and Michael J. Coates, P. Anthony Coates and Robert H. Coates, all of Baltimore; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Leonard G. Lindenmeyer, 88, Baltimore firefighter

Leonard G. Lindenmeyer, a retired Baltimore firefighter, died Thursday of complications from a broken hip at Future Care of the Chesapeake, a rehabilitation center in Arnold. He was 88.

Mr. Lindenmeyer, a Severna Park resident for 34 years, broke his hip in a fall on ice last month.

Born in Baltimore, he previously lived in the Ashburton and Hamilton areas.

He graduated from Polytechnic Institute and was a Baltimore firefighter until 1971. He then worked in the maintenance departments of the Anne Arundel County school system and Anne Arundel Community College. He retired in the late 1980s.

He golfed for many years at Mount Pleasant and Clifton Park courses in Baltimore.

Mr. Lindenmeyer was a member of Severna Park United Methodist Church, 713 Benfield Road, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Ruth Stolzenbach; a son, Leonard R. Lindenmeyer of Severna Park; a daughter, Carolyn A. Lutz of Towson; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mary Frances Fannin, 78, homemaker, volunteer

Mary Frances Fannin, a homemaker and longtime volunteer, died Wednesday of kidney failure at her daughter's home in Taneytown. She was 78.

Since 1957, she was a resident of Taneytown, where she was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church. At the church, she organized Catholic Youth Organization dances for 13 years and was leader of the clothing ministry.

For many years, she entertained students from the Bollingbrook Home for Boys at her Carroll County farm. She also volunteered in the guidance office of Francis Scott Key High School and with the Carroll County Pregnancy Center.

Born Mary Frances Calageras in Norfolk, Va., she was raised in Baltimore, where she graduated from Seton High School.

In 1946, she married John Cecil Fannin. He died in 1969.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph Church, 44 Frederick St.

She is survived by three sons, Michael J. Fannin of Houston, Paul S. Fannin of Frederick and David A. Fannin of Taneytown; two daughters, Barbara R. Boone of Taneytown and Kathleen M. Fannin-Balmer of Littlestown, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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