Ida V. Garrettson, 92, store saleswoman Ida V...

July 20, 2000

Ida V. Garrettson, 92, store saleswoman

Ida V. Garrettson, a retired department store saleswoman and a volunteer, died Saturday of lung cancer at the home of her daughter in Westminster. She was 92 and lived in Randallstown.

Ida Virginia Baxter was born in Baltimore. Her parents died when she was 13, and she went to live with friends of her family. She dropped out of Patterson High School at 17 to go to work.

In 1935, Mrs. Garrettson started working at the Hecht Co. department store, then known as the Hub, in downtown Baltimore. She spent most of her years there as a saleswoman in the men's department and retired in 1970.

She then worked part time at other department stores and traveled, visiting Spain, Israel, Bermuda, Canada and Hawaii.

She married J. Nelson Garrettson in 1927. He died in 1966.

Mrs. Garrettson had been a member of the Golden Age Senior Club in Baltimore County and held various posts in the group, including vice president and secretary.

She also belonged to the American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 3706 and was a longtime member of Mount Olive Methodist Church in Baltimore.

Mrs. Garrettson was a volunteer receptionist at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown and Park View at Randallstown, a housing complex for senior citizens that opened in 1995. She was among its first tenants.

In recognition of her volunteer services, Mrs. Garrettson was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 1994.

Services were held Tuesday.

Mrs. Garrettson is survived by her daughter, Lois Harris of Westminster; four granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.

Joseph G. Schaffner, 81, chemical engineer, teacher

Joseph G. Schaffner, retired chemical engineer and teacher who helped develop the atomic bomb, died July 13 of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 81 and lived in Timonium.

Soon after receiving a master's degree in chemical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1943, Mr. Schaffner was chosen to work on the Manhattan Project and later in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in the development of the first atomic bombs. In 1947, he was assigned to Edgewood Arsenal, where he worked in weapons development.

He retired from the military installation in 1976 and began teaching mathematics at Boys' Latin School in Baltimore. In 1981, he joined the faculty at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Lutherville, where he taught chemistry. He retired in 1986.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Schaffner was a 1937 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Loyola College in 1941.

In 1943, he married Dorothy Porter, who died last year.

An avid Orioles fan, Mr. Schaffner played tennis for Loyola College and played amateur baseball in Baltimore. In the 1960s, he was a volunteer coach and manager for Little League baseball teams in the Lutherville/Timonium Recreation Council.

He recently endowed a scholarship in the natural sciences at Loyola College.

For more than 20 years, he was an active member of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Timonium, where he helped found an adult education program and was a Eucharistic minister.

Services were held Monday at the Church of the Nativity.

Mr. Schaffner is survived by a son, Joseph G. Schaffner Jr. of Vienna, Va.; a daughter, Judith Ulrich of Glen Arm; a brother, George Schaffner of Timonium; a sister, Carolyn Dawidowicz of Sparks; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Dorothy A. Cappelli, 73, homemaker, gardener

Dorothy A. Cappelli, a Federalsburg homemaker and mother of three, died Sunday of lung cancer at Easton Memorial Hospital. She was 73.

Born Dorothy A. Reed in Baltimore, she was raised in southern Baltimore, Lansdowne and Ferndale.

Mrs. Cappelli enjoyed crocheting and gardening, and worked for the Salvation Army briefly in the 1960s.

She and her husband, Eugene Matthews Cappelli, moved from the Lakeland area of southern Baltimore to Federalsburg on the Eastern Shore in 1978. Mr. Cappelli died in 1989.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Framptom-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg.

She is survived by a son, Clifton J. Cappelli of Federalsburg; a daughter, Regina Martin of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Gene Bernard Creasy, 72, radio, TV broadcaster

Gene Bernard Creasy, a radio and television broadcaster who worked in Baltimore in the 1960s, died Monday of heart failure at St. Mary's Hospital in his hometown of Richmond, Va. He was 72.

Mr. Creasy was an on-air personality and program director at Baltimore radio stations WITH, WBAL and WCAO between 1962 and 1965. The bulk of his long broadcasting career was at stations in Virginia.

He retired from Creasy Woolfolk Concepts, a Richmond media consulting firm, in 1997.

Mr. Creasy was born in Akron, Ohio, and his family moved to Lynchburg when he was age 3. Six years later, he made his first radio appearance on a Saturday morning children's show.

After high school and a brief stint in the Marines at the end of World War II, he began his broadcasting work in earnest.

He was also an accomplished jazz pianist and songwriter.

Services will be held today in Richmond.

Mr. Creasy is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ella La Rene Campbell Creasy; three sons, Michael Gene Creasy of New Orleans, Mitchel Dean Creasy of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mark Christopher Creasy of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Cynthia Creasy Woolfolk of Richmond; a brother, Q. Vincent Creasy of Richmond; three grandsons; and a granddaughter.

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