Don H. Hoffeld, 87, Eastern Products manager Don H...

May 21, 2000

Don H. Hoffeld, 87, Eastern Products manager

Don H. Hoffeld, retired sales manager for Eastern Products Corp., died May 12 of a heart attack at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 87 and lived in Lutherville.

Mr. Hoffeld retired in 1975 from the Baltimore manufacturer of Venetian blinds, drapery hardware and outdoor sheds. He started there as a salesman in 1954.

Earlier, he had owned Henry Hoffeld Upholstery Co., a business he had established in his native Cincinnati.

He earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Cincinnati in 1936.

In 1937, he married Thyrza Miller, who died in 1992.

He enjoyed golfing, reading and crossword puzzles.

Plans for a memorial service were pending.

He is survived by a daughter, Carol Whiteford of Towson; two grandsons; and two great-grandsons.

Thelma C. Bauer, 94, floral designer

Thelma C. Bauer, who worked for more than 70 years in her family's North Baltimore floral business, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville. She was 94.

Beginning in the 1920s, Miss Bauer worked for Fred C. Bauer Florist, the family business located on an 8-acre site off Gittings Avenue in the city's Pinehurst-Cedarcroft section.

"She was a designer and all-around ramrod," said her nephew Harry F. Bauer Sr. of Baldwin.

The florist and nursery operation was founded in 1897 by her grandparents, who emigrated to Baltimore in the 1870s from Traben-Trarbach, Germany, on the Moselle River. The florist -- which had as its slogan, "Nothing could be finer than lovely, fresh flowers from Bauer" -- provided funeral pieces and floral decorations for several generations of Baltimoreans.

Miss Bauer was born and raised on the Gittings Avenue property and was a graduate of Eastern High School.

She was active for 75 years in the Bethel Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She also enjoyed spending time at her summer home in Middle River.

Services were held Friday.

In addition to Mr. Bauer, she is survived by four other nephews, William F. Bauer Jr. of Baltimore, Irvin F. Bauer of Towson, Frederick B. Sisson of Middle River and Cranston C. Bauer of Austin, Texas; and a niece, Alma Hudson of Baltimore.

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