Douglas Cleckner, 39, yacht brokerage owner Douglas...

March 29, 2000

Douglas Cleckner, 39, yacht brokerage owner

Douglas Cleckner, a yacht broker, died March 22 of cancer at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 39 and grew up in Baltimore County.

He ran Escape by Sail, a yacht brokerage that also provided charters and vacations. He also delivered sailing craft to customers in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Caribbean.

Born in Towson, he was reared in the Hampton section of Baltimore County. He was a 1978 graduate of Loch Raven Senior High School.

He learned to sail on the Chesapeake Bay and ran charter boats out of Ocean City. He delivered yachts along the Atlantic coast before moving to California about 10 years ago.

Funeral services are private.

He is survived by his mother, Betty Cleckner of Pompano Beach, Fla.; his fiancee, Amy Kamp of Santa Cruz; three brothers, Edward Cleckner of Manassas, Va., Duane Cleckner of Baltimore and Timothy Cleckner of Coral Springs, Fla.; and a sister, Kathy Broekema of La Jolla, Calif.

Michael J. LaVerghetta, 90, construction contractor

Michael John LaVerghetta, a retired underground utility contractor, died Friday of kidney failure at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 90 and lived in Lutherville.

In the late 1940s, Mr. LaVerghetta founded Columbia Construction Co. with friends Max Carozza and Fred Petrella. He retired 27 years ago from the firm, which installed water and sewer pipes and storm drains. Its headquarters were at Roland Avenue and Deepdene Road in Roland Park.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. La- Verghetta was a 1929 graduate of Collingswood High School in Collingswood, N.J.

In 1936 he married the former Anna Marie D'Adamo. She survives him.

A Mass will be offered today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 112 Ware Ave., Towson, where he was a member.

He is also survived by two sons, Michael Joseph LaVerghetta of Durango, Colo., and Joseph Charles LaVerghetta of Lutherville; two brothers, Carl LaVerghetta of Pikesville and Wilbur La- Verghetta of Brigantine, N.J.; three sisters, Lucy Fox Bobco and Edith Ventura, both of Westmont, N.J., and Rose Schlenker of Claymont, Del.; and five grandchildren.

Clay G. Sands Sr., 83, long-haul truck driver

Clay Gassaway Sands Sr., a retired truck driver, died Saturday of a heart attack at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 83 and lived in Pikesville.

A long-distance truck driver for Fleet and the Joseph Dignan trucking companies, he retired 10 years ago. He then set up a home improvement business and did odd jobs in the neighborhood.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School.

In 1938, he married the former Nettie Perkins, who survives him.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at White Stone Baptist Church, 3001 Baker St., where he was a longtime member.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, James E. Peters of Baltimore and Clay G. Sands Jr. of Atlanta; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Leo M. Kindle Sr., 89, commercial painter

Leo M. Kindle Sr., a retired commercial painter, died Saturday of pneumonia at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 89 and lived in Glen Burnie.

He retired about 24 years ago after working for Kuhn & Doherty, painting contractors on Frederick Avenue. He was also a painter for Rodgers Forge Apartments in Baltimore County.

He was born in Hagerstown, where he attended local schools.

In 1932, he married Isabel Owens, who died in 1980.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

He is survived by two sons, Leo M. Kindle Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., and Frank Flint of Baltimore; three daughters, Mary Sweet of Baltimore, Nancy Grewe of Baltimore Highlands and Debbie Partin of Glen Burnie; two brothers, Lewis Kindle and Cecil Kindle, both of Baltimore; four sisters, Irene Dean of Bel Air, Laura Dean of Glen Burnie, Frances Smoott of Solomons Island and Melissa Schemant of Baltimore; 26 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

Barbara B. R. Lee, 60, science teacher, naturalist

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., for Barbara Butler Rothgaber Lee, a former science teacher and naturalist who taught in local schools.

Mrs. Lee, 60, a former Roland Park resident, died in January in Nashville, Tenn., where she was the retired head of life sciences at the Cumberland Museum.

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