Arthur B. Guertler, 93, city market butcher Arthur...

March 11, 2000

Arthur B. Guertler, 93, city market butcher

Arthur Benham Guertler, a retired city market butcher, died Tuesday of complications of diabetes at Glen Meadows Retirement Center in Glen Arm. He was 93 and had lived on Erdman Avenue in Northeast Baltimore before retiring to Stevensville.

About 30 years ago, he gave up a beef, lamb and veal stall at the Belair Market in Oldtown.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Harford Road, he was a Polytechnic Institute graduate.

Known as Otts, he played banjo, guitar and trumpet in 1920s dance bands led by Bob Iula and and Ad Lieder.

FOR THE RECORD - Robert T. Fenwick: The military rank of Robert T. Fenwick was misstated in an obituary published March 11. Mr. Fenwick was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant. The Sun regrets the error.

He played golf and made his first hole in one at the age of 72. A month later, he repeated the feat at a Kent Island golf course.

He was a former president of the Cloverfield Improvement Association.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Warman, a city elementary school teacher, whom he married in 1941.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church, 830 Romancoke Road, Stevensville.

He is survived by four daughters, Maxine Sneed of Stevensville, Susan Gonzalez of Parkville, Karen Guertler of Baltimore and Martha Guertler of Randallstown; six grandsons; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Anne Marie Philbin, 79, Evening Sun columnist

Anne Marie Philbin, a former Evening Sun columnist and Guilford resident, died Thursday of an aneurysm at her home in Lexington, Va. She was 79.

Mrs. Philbin, who joined the staff of The Evening Sun as a reporter in 1968, wrote two columns, "The Federal Scene" and "Consumer's Corner," and was the newspaper's first consumer columnist.

Mrs. Philbin, who retired in 1975, was a longtime resident of the 3700 block of St. Paul St., and had lived in Lexington, Va., for the past 25 years.

Though retired from daily journalism, Mrs. Philbin, as national public relations chairwoman for the Daughters of the American Revolution, continued to write a monthly column, "Daughters of Distinction," for the DAR.

She was the author of "The Past and the Promised," a history of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland published in 1959, and "The ABC's of Public Relations."

The former Anne Marie Scarborough was born and reared in Roland Park and was a 1938 graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland high school, and earned her bachelor's degree in 1942 from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She began her newspaper career during World War II as a staff reporter for the Baltimore News-Post.

She was married in 1945 to Tobias R. Philbin Jr., a retired Army brigadier general.

She was a former communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans, and was a member of the National Press Club, the English Speaking Union and the American Association of University Women.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Lexington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Tobias R. Philbin III and L. Guy Philbin, both of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Marguerite May Sullivan of Charlottesville, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Debbie Scheffel, 47, Holidays to Go travel agent

Debbie Scheffel, a former travel agent and airline attendant, died Tuesday of cancer at her Ellicott City home. She was 47.

She was an Eastern Airlines flight attendant in the 1970s and was later a travel agent at the Holidays to Go agency in Ellicott City.

Born Debbie Haswell in Durham, N.C., she attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

In 1977 she married Carl Scheffel, a structural engineer.

Services were held Thursday at Grace Community Church in Ellicott City.

She is also survived by a son, Carl Scheffel Jr. of Pasadena; two daughters, Laurie S. Lee of Finksburg and Kendall Scheffel of Ellicott City; her parents, Bobby Dallas and Janet Haswell of Durham, N.C.; and six grandchildren.

Leslie Stanley Sparks, 83, owner of real estate firm

Leslie Stanley Sparks, a former Towson resident who headed a residential realty firm, died March 4 of heart failure at Springfield (Vt.) Hospital. He was 83.

Mr. Sparks, who had lived in Ludlow, Vt., since he retired in 1986, had been the owner and president of Sparks Realty, a Towson residential real estate firm he established in the late 1960s.

He had worked as a real estate agent for Landmark Realty, a Baltimore commercial and residential firm, in the mid-1950s,

He was a member of the Brokers' Roundtable and a former board member of Harbor Federal Savings & Loan.

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Mr. Sparks worked as an auctioneer before immigrating to Baltimore with his family in 1952.

Mr. Sparks played violin and had been a member of the Goucher College-Johns Hopkins University Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to enjoying drinking Guinness stout, Mr. Sparks was a lifelong student of and fluent in Gaelic, a Celtic language.

He also was a skier and enjoyed the sport into his 80s.

He was a former communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson.

He was married in 1939 to Phoebe Taylor. She died in 1998.

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