Elizabeth `Betsy' Starling, 36, software designer...

March 13, 2000

Elizabeth `Betsy' Starling, 36, software designer

Elizabeth G. "Betsy" Starling, a software engineer who designed systems for weighing vehicles on bridges and for medical imaging, died Thursday of anemia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 36 and lived in Timonium.

The former Elizabeth Gehret was a 1981 graduate of Towson High School, where she was on the varsity badminton, basketball and gymnastic teams. In 1985, she earned her bachelor of science degree in computer engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

From 1985 to 1990, she worked at Bridge Weighing Systems in Cleveland, designing software and traveling extensively -- often dangling from a cherry picker under a bridge, in hard hat and work boots, to install computer sensors to collect data.

From 1990 to 1996, she worked at Picker International in Cleveland as principal software engineer in medical computerized imaging, developing and testing software for CT scanners. She also managed the development of software packages for new products.

In 1996, she returned to Maryland, where she was a volunteer teacher's aide in the computer lab at Pot Spring Elementary School in Timonium for two years and was active in its PTA.

This month, she was recognized for 1,000-plus hours of volunteer service by the Baltimore County Board of Education.

Her hobbies included soccer and bowling, handicrafts including knitting, needlepoint, crocheting and weaving, and collecting Looney Toons merchandise and Beanie Babies.

Services will be private.

She is survived by her husband, David A. Starling, whom she married in 1990; a daughter, Caitlyn Starling of Timonium; her parents, Edward F. and Judith C. Gehret of Ruxton; two sisters, Catherine G. McCaslin of Denver and Carolyn A. Gehret of Sparks; a brother, Robert S. Gehret of Hampstead; and seven nieces and nephews.

Scott Andrew Zacot, 16, Kenwood High student

Scott Andrew Zacot, an honor student at Kenwood High School in eastern Baltimore County, died Friday night when his car was in an accident on Eastern Avenue at Brinkmans Lane in Chase. He was 16.

His car apparently drifted over the road's center line, police told family members, and struck a car head-on. Two people in the other vehicle were injured.

The Zacot youth, a junior, was on the school's honor roll, a relative said yesterday. He hoped to become a lawyer.

He played trumpet in the Kenwood concert band. He also was an active Civil War re-enactor and visited battlefields such as Gettysburg where he and his family took roles in a Confederate medical unit.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Middle River Baptist Church, 610 Middle River Road.

Survivors include his parents, Leah L. Garcia of Chase and Robert Zacot of Essex; stepparents Joaquin G. Garcia and Linda D. Zacot of Chase; a brother, Christopher A. Zacot of Chase; paternal grandparents John E. and Catherine A. Zacot of Essex; maternal grandparents Irwin W. and Juanita D. Kunze of Ocean City; and several other relatives.

Deborah Ann White, 39, baked custom-made cakes

Deborah Ann White, a baker of custom-made cakes, died Thursday at North Arundel Hospital after a brief illness. She was 39.

"That was what she loved doing, making cakes for folks who were celebrating a wedding or a birthday," said her husband, Ronald White.

Born in the Western Maryland town of Barton, she graduated from Valley High School in Lonaconing and took courses at several colleges before moving to Glen Burnie with her family about five years ago.

Before early retirement caused by a kidney ailment, Mrs. White worked as a clerk at Thrifty Rent-A-Car at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Allstate Leasing Co. in Owings Mills.

She was a past member of Pasadena Assembly of God Church in Pasadena and the American Pool Players Association. In addition to baking, she enjoyed crafts, bingo and gardening.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home, 7250 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Entombment will be in Meadowridge Memorial Park in Elkridge.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. White is survived by two daughters, Amanda L. Minnick and Veronique R. White, both of Glen Burnie; a son, Eric L. Johnson of Glen Burnie; her mother, Ruth Metz of Barton; two sisters, Jeanie Fazenbaker of Hagerstown and Francie Jacobs of Midland; a brother, Mark Fazenbaker of Hagerstown; and six nieces and nephews.

Hattie Viola Wilhelm, 88, nurse and homemaker

Hattie Viola Wilhelm, a retired licensed practical nurse and homemaker, died Friday of complications of an infection at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. She was 88.

The former longtime Westminster resident had lived at Augsburg Lutheran Home since 1997.

Mrs. Wilhelm had worked as an LPN in Baltimore nursing homes for many years. From the 1960s until retiring in 1970, she was on the staff of Pickersgill retirement community in Towson.

The former Hattie V. Chenoweth was born in Reisterstown and graduated from Franklin High School in 1928.

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