W. Wendel Miller Jr., 77, owner of Overlea car...

June 02, 2000

W. Wendel Miller Jr., 77, owner of Overlea car dealership

W. Wendel Miller Jr., president and owner of Miller Motors Buick Inc. in Overlea, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital after being stricken at his Belair Road office. He was 77.

When he was 12, Mr. Miller began working in the Chrysler-Plymouth dealership that was founded by his father in 1932 on Harford Road in Hamilton. In 1935, the dealership moved to the 5900 block of Belair Road; since 1955, it has sold Buicks.

"The business was his life," his wife, the former Geraldine Wolf, said yesterday.

A Middle River resident for 50 years, Mr. Miller enjoyed cruising the bay aboard the GEMnI, his 40-foot Egg Harbor motor cruiser. He also enjoyed traveling by steamship.

Born and raised in Hamilton, he was a 1941 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served in the Navy during World War II as an aviation machinist's mate in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1945.

A talented woodworker, he made furniture for family members and toys for his grandchildren.

He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bowleys Quarters.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road, Overlea.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Miller is survived by a daughter, Susan J. Miller of Middle River; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Thelma K. Pfeiffer, 88, homemaker and gardener

Thelma K. Pfeiffer, a homemaker and gardener, died May 25 from complications of a stroke at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 88.

The former longtime Wiltondale resident was a member of the Wiltondale Garden Club, where her flowers and holiday decorations won many awards.

She also enjoyed sewing, entertaining her family and collecting antiques.

The former Thelma Kane was born and raised in West Baltimore and graduated in 1929 from Western High School.

In 1934, she married Carroll L. Pfeiffer, a Western Maryland Railway traffic manager, who died in 1997.

Mrs. Pfeiffer volunteered for many years in the gift shop at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson.

She was a 37-year member of Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church of Baltimore County, 7601 York Road, Towson, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 7.

Mrs. Pfeiffer is survived by a son, Stephen Carroll Pfeiffer of Minneapolis; a daughter, Susan Pfeiffer-Wetzel of Timonium; a sister, Josephine Asendorf of Ellicott City; and four grandchildren.

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