James Matthew Sell Jr., 73, General Motors employee...

May 13, 2000

James Matthew Sell Jr., 73, General Motors employee

James Matthew Sell Jr., a former General Motors employee and East Baltimore resident, died Monday of pulmonary edema at Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring, Pa. He was 73.

He retired in 1983 from General Motors' Broening Highway plant, where he had worked for 30 years as an assembly-line worker.

Born and raised in Donnertown, Pa., where he graduated from high school, Mr. Sell served in the Navy during World War II.

After retiring from General Motors, he moved to Donnertown in 1984.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid gardener.

He was a member of Leamersville (Pa.) Church of the Brethren.

His marriage to Betty Booterbaugh ended in divorce.

Services were held Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Lavena Garland; two daughters, Gloria Jones of Charles Town, W.Va., and Vickie Cascio of Baltimore; five sisters, Pauline Smith, Aileen Butler, Leona Ott and Jean Thompson, all of Donnertown, and Shirley Smith of Roaring Spring; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

John Martin Sears Jr., 67, electrician, photographer

John Martin Sears Jr., a retired electrician and photographer, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke and diabetes at St. Agnes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ellicott City. He was 67 and lived in Abingdon.

Mr. Sears worked for 28 years as an electrician at Lever Brothers in Dundalk before retiring in 1993.

An avid traveler and photographer, Mr. Sears enjoyed photographing landscapes and portraits and acting as his "family's official photographer," said his wife of 43 years, the former Katherine Dolores Schwartz.

Born and raised in Gambrills, Mr. Sears was a 1950 graduate of Glen Burnie High School. During the Korean War, he served in the Navy as an aircraft mechanic aboard the carrier USS Princeton.

Mr. Sears was a 27-year communicant of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church in Linthicum, where he was a member of the Monsignor Wolfe Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Since 1990, he had been a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Abingdon, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Sears is survived by a son, John Martin Sears III of Glen Burnie; three daughters, Judith Anne Benney of Glen Burnie, Katherine Grace Dennstaedt of Ellicott City and Mary Dolores Wilkinson of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Dale Wayne Sears of Hampstead; a sister, Shirley Jean Kozak of Hanover, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.

Elsie May Wolfsheimer, 91, homemaker, music lover

Elsie May Wolfsheimer, a homemaker and music lover, died Tuesday of heart failure at her Jarrettsville home. She was 91.

The former Lutherville resident was born Elsie May Quayle in Gatun, Panama, where her father helped build the Panama Canal.

In 1915, she moved with her family to East Baltimore and attended city public schools until leaving to help support her family.

She was married in 1927 to Richard Nathan Wolfsheimer, a construction superintendent. For many years, the couple lived in the Pimlico section of the city, where they raised 11 children. Mr. Wolfsheimer died in 1956.

"She had 11 kids to take care of, so she didn't have time for much else," said a daughter, Connie Bullinger of Ellicott City.

Mrs. Wolfsheimer's musical tastes spanned the era of the lives of her children -- from Big Bands to the Beatles.

"She could tell you every Beatles song and who wrote it," said Mrs. Bullinger.

She had been a communicant of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Northwest Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 8030 Bradshaw Road, Bradshaw.

She is survived by six sons, Richard N. Wolfsheimer of Forestville, Ronald Wolfsheimer of Westminster, Wayne Wolfsheimer of Woodlawn, William Wolfsheimer of Baldwin, Gary Wolfsheimer of Frederick and Barry Wolfsheimer of Jarrettsville; four other daughters, Joan Palmer of Lutherville, Barbara Fernandez of Westminster, Carol Covahey of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Sharon Schmitt of Jarrettsville; 23 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Timothy N. Brierley, 17, Centennial High junior

Services were held Thursday at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia for Timothy N. Brierley, 17, who was killed Sunday in Columbia after losing control of the car he was driving.

Mr. Brierley, an Ellicott City resident who was a gifted math and computer student, was a junior at Centennial High School.

He had planned a career in computer programming and had been awarded a four-year President's Fellow Award to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which he planned to attend full time this fall while finishing his senior year at Centennial.

Mr. Brierley, who was fluent in four computer languages, also was a member of the Howard County All-County Math team.

Born in Catonsville, Mr. Brierley was going to work this summer as a junior counselor at Camp Echo Hill in Worton.

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