Taras I. Charchalis, 64, Operation Sail 2000 liaison...

June 20, 2000

Taras I. Charchalis, 64, Operation Sail 2000 liaison

Taras I. Charchalis, a retired civil engineer and an official with Operation Sail 2000, died June 13 of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 64.

At the time of his death, Mr. Charchalis was serving as community liaison for Operation Sail 2000, which will bring the tall ships to Baltimore's Inner Harbor this week.

He worked for 30 years at Bethlehem Steel Corp's Sparrows Point plant until retiring in 1991. He later worked for several years as a consultant to ELF Atochem and was a member of the Engineering Society of Baltimore.

The longtime Mayfield resident was born in Yavoriv, Ukraine, and immigrated in 1945 to Baltimore, where he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1950. He earned his engineering degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1954. While at the university, he was captain of the varsity soccer team and was named to the All-America team in 1953.

He was active in St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church and was coordinator for construction of the new Eastern Avenue church building.

He was married in 1962 to Tania Nadia Chapelsky, who died in 1990.

A Mass was offered yesterday at St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2401 Eastern Ave.

He is survived by two sons, Peter Charchalis of Lausanne, Switzerland, and Andrew Charchalis of Phoenix, Baltimore County; two sisters, Olha Sushko of Baltimore and Irene Traska of Keedysville; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tatiana and Taras Charchalis Foundation, Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 E. 79th St., New York, N.Y. 10021.

Roy Anderson Smith II, 63, Kerr Glass Co. vice president

Roy Anderson Smith II, a retired Kerr Glass Co. vice president, died June 13 of heart failure at his Phoenix home. He was 63.

He had earlier worked for the Armstrong Corporation and retired in 1985 as executive vice president for sales at Kerr in Baltimore.

Born in St. Albans, W.Va., he was a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

In 1962, he married Elaine Ellenburg, a Maryland Department of Education employee, who survives him. Memorial services were held Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Providence Road, where he was a member of the vestry.

He also is survived by two sons, Roy Anderson Smith III and Christopher Ross Smith, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Stephanie Smith Perun of Durham, N.C.; two sisters, Connie Herbert of Corvallis, Ore. and Betty Austin of Lexington, S.C.; and three granddaughters.

Leona Pearl Alexander, 87, nurses' aide, store clerk

Leona Pearl Alexander, a former nurses' aide and department store sales associate, died in her sleep June 13 at her West Baltimore home. She was 87.

Mrs. Alexander retired in 1978 from Mount Wilson State Hospital in Reisterstown, where she had worked for eight years as a nurses' aide. From 1948 to 1968, she had worked as a sales associate at Hutzler's department store on Howard Street.

A former member of Provident Baptist Church, since 1960 Mrs. Alexander had been a member of Douglas Memorial Community Church in West Baltimore, where she was active in the Altar Guild, Circle Esther and the children's nursery.

She was a longtime member of Trinity Chapter No. 5 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall, where she had been designated an honorary worthy matron.

Born Leona Chapman in Ayden, N.C., she was the daughter of a prominent farmer and carpenter. After graduating from high school in Pitt County, N.C., she moved to Baltimore in the early 1930s.

In 1943, she married Bernard Jessup Alexander, a postal worker, who died in 1980. Services were held yesterday at Douglas Memorial Community Church, Madison and Lafayette avenues.

She is survived by her son, Aubrey Vernon Alexander of Woodlawn; five sisters, Lillian Hawkins of Baltimore; Beatrice Hall and Georgie Stewart, both of Portsmouth, Va., Esther Stewart of Ayden and Carrie Ruth Moore of New York City; and a granddaughter.

Leroy F. Slutz, 77, electrical engineer

Leroy F. Slutz, a retired electrical engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corp., died June 12 of lung cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 77.

The Catonsville resident worked for 40 years before retiring in 1987 from Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Aerospace Division in Linthicum.

A native of Middlemarch, Ohio, where he graduated from high school, Mr. Slutz earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

A volunteer at Union Memorial Hospital, Mr. Slutz also assisted senior citizens in their tax preparation. He enjoyed bowling and golf. He was a member of the Christian Temple in Catonsville, where a memorial service was held Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Imogene Anderson; a son, Lee Slutz of Danville, Calif.; a daughter, Lynn Moseley of Annapolis; three sisters, Opal Mulgary and Dorothy Carlin, both of Canton, Ohio, and Florence Fudger of Ithaca, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.

Mary Hall Buell, 73, secretary at St. David's

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