Joseph Henry Brecht, 55, lathe operator, crabber Joseph...

July 11, 2000

Joseph Henry Brecht, 55, lathe operator, crabber

Joseph Henry Brecht, a longtime lathe operator and crabber known to his friends as "Captain Crab," died of complications from diabetes Thursday at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 55.

Mr. Brecht grew up in South west Baltimore. He left school in the eighth grade, but earned his high school equivalency diploma when he was 48. He married Marlene Nickey in 1973.

Mr. Brecht was drafted into the Army in 1968 and fought in the Vietnam War until 1971.

He was awarded a Training Achievement Medal for his role in training the mentally disabled to become mechanics. During the war, Mr. Brecht also was a convoy transport sergeant.

Before and after the war, Mr. Brecht worked as a lathe operator at Rubber Millers Inc. in Baltimore for 29 years, leaving in 1989 because of a back injury.

Working the lathe was grueling, back-straining work, said his son, Douglas Brecht, 29, of Hanover, Pa.

"He was really good at it. I've never seen anybody who could do what he did as well as he did," Douglas Brecht said. "He was a real muscled man, very strong. I guess all that weightlifting finally caught up to him."

Family members said that Mr. Brecht worked from the ages of 17 to 19 as a groom for Sagamore Farms, the stable that had produced Native Dancer, which won the Preakness and the Belmont stakes in 1953.

Known to many as "Captain Crab," Mr. Brecht frequented Ocean City to pursue his hobbies, crabbing and fishing. Other pastimes included gardening and arts and crafts. Mr. Brecht constructed collages from empty crab shells.

"Throughout the family and everybody else, there's probably 200 or so out there right now," Douglas said. "And there's 50 more here that aren't finished. Every one of them was very precise. He was a perfectionist."

Services were held yesterday at Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave., Baltimore.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Brecht is survived by a brother, Louis Brecht III of Glen Burnie; and a sister, Betty Lou Deverelle of Baltimore.

Anne Marie Holland, 80, travel, dance enthusiast

Anne Marie Holland, a longtime Catonsville resident who loved to travel, died Friday of complications of cerebella ataxia, a rare brain disease, at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Baltimore. She was 80 and had lived in Guilford since 1992.

Born Anne Marie Lachenmayer in Baltimore, she graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1938 and received a degree in home economics from Hood College in 1942. She then worked as a legal secretary.

In 1947, she married Gordon M. Holland, who survives her.

Mrs. Holland lived in Catonsville for more than 40 years. She was a longtime member of the Catonsville Women's Club and enjoyed playing bridge. Her other interests included arts and crafts, singing and dancing.

She loved to sing and dance so much, her husband nicknamed her "Terps" for Terpsichore, the Muse of dance in Greek mythology.

"She was just the most vibrant, talkative, outgoing person," said a daughter, Nancy Beall of Annapolis. "She just loved life."

Mrs. Holland and her husband traveled extensively, visiting Scotland, India, China, Brazil and Egypt, among other countries. Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sterling-Ashton Funeral Home, 736 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Holland is survived by a son, David Holland of Baltimore; another daughter, Sally Ross of Jacksonville, Fla.; and three grandsons.

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