Margaret C. Warnken, 98, Baltimore educator Margaret...

March 28, 2000

Margaret C. Warnken, 98, Baltimore educator

Margaret Cromwell Warnken, a retired Baltimore City public school educator, died March 21 of a stroke at Roland Park Place. She was 98.

Miss Warnken taught in city schools for nearly 40 years, and was on the faculty of Roland Park Junior High School and Eastern High School. She retired in 1963.

Born and raised in Linthicum Heights, she was a graduate of the old State Normal School then at Lafayette and Carrollton avenues. She earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

She was a volunteer for many years at Keswick Multi-Care Center and Meals On Wheels.

A former resident of 39th Street, Miss Warnken enjoyed traveling by steamship.

Services were held Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, where she was a member and had been a Sunday school teacher.

She is survived by two nephews, William E. Warnken of Roland Park and R. Stewart Warnken of Linthicum Heights; two nieces, Betty Allen of Houston and Mary Ann Warnken of Glens Falls, N.Y.; and several grandnephews and grandnieces.

Robert M. Hilgartner Sr., 64, tractor-trailer operator

Robert Milton Hilgartner Sr., a tractor-trailer operator, died Sunday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 64 and lived in Parkville.

Employed by International Petroleum Co. of Maryland, he had driven rigs for 30 years.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised in Phoenix and was a graduate of Towson High School.

He served in the Army from 1953 to 1966 and had three tours of duty in Vietnam, where he was a Special Forces medic. He received the Bronze Star with a V for valor under fire.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and Towson Moose.

He enjoyed flower gardening and woodworking.

A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. today at McComas Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon.

He is survived by his wife, the former Freda J. Methena, whom he married in 1959; a son, Robert M. Hilgartner Jr. of Hopkinsville, Ky.; two daughters, Brenda J. Clemons of Napa, Calif., and Cathy J. Branch of Edgewood; his parents, Charles and Mary Hilgartner, and a brother, James Hilgartner, all of Monkton; and five grandchildren.

Carl A. Durkee, 71, Pikesville lawyer

Carl A. Durkee, a retired lawyer who practiced in Pikesville for nearly 40 years, died Saturday of dementia at Copper Ridge, a Sykesville assisted-living and nursing facility. He was 71.

He conducted a general law practice in Pikesville from the 1950s until he retired in the 1990s.

The longtime Reisterstown resident, who was born in Peekskill, N.Y., earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1950 and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1958.

An outdoorsman, he enjoyed skiing in Colorado, camping and hiking the Appalachian Trail. He also painted in oils and watercolors.

His marriages to Emily Drovin and Mary Lee ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

He is survived by five sons, Eric A. Durkee and Paul M. Durkee, both of Marriottsville, David C. Durkee of Lutherville, Michael Durkee of Timonium and Edward Durkee of Parkton; three daughters, Diana Ruth Rosenberg of Ruxton, Christina Marie Bell of Glyndon and Debbie Rayburn of Owings Mills; and 13 grandchildren.

Rebecca Feld, 80, homemaker, office manager

Rebecca Feld, a homemaker who assisted her husband in his Baltimore custom-tailoring shop, died Saturday of a stroke at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 80.

The longtime Pikesville resident was married in 1939 to Jerome Feld, a North Charles Street custom tailor.

Mrs. Feld managed the office of "Jerry Feld. Custom Tailors." Mr. Feld died in 1989.

Rebecca Ginsberg was born and raised in East Baltimore and graduated from Southern High School.

She was a member of Beth El Congregation, Miriam Lodge K.S.B. and Club 50.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by two daughters, Marsha F. Wachs of Owings Mills and Janice F. Dansicker of Pikesville; a brother, Abraham Ginsberg of Las Vegas; a sister, Sally Saltzman of Pikesville; and five grandchildren.

John E. Frazier Jr., 67, plumbing superintendent

John E. Frazier Jr., a retired plumbing company superintendent, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 67.

Mr. Frazier, a Medfield resident, had worked for 30 years for T. A. Gorman Inc., a Rosedale mechanical contracting company. He retired in 1993.

During his career, he worked on several large projects, including Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Greene Street and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

"He was superintendent of the plumbing and underground utilities at Camden Yards, and was in charge of a crew of at least 15 men. It was a job that required a great deal of coordination," said Thomas A. Gorman, president and owner of the company.

Mr. Gorman described him as a "low-key, courteous and a genuine great guy," he said.

Mr. Frazier was a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, Local 483.

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