Thomas O'Donnell Sr., 92, founded Pontiac dealership...

July 26, 2000

Thomas O'Donnell Sr., 92, founded Pontiac dealership

Thomas Jennings O'Donnell Sr., founder of a Pontiac automo- bile dealership, died Sunday of complications of a stroke at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 92 and lived in the Green Spring Valley section of Baltimore County.

The president of O'Donnell Pontiac, he operated the dealership in Baltimore and Howard County for more than 50 years.

Born in Pottsville, Pa., he moved to Baltimore at age 7, grew up in the Homestead section of Waverly and attended Polytechnic Institute.

Mr. O'Donnell worked for Curry Reo Motor Car Co. on Mount Royal Avenue and Ford Motor Co. before becoming general manager of Oriole Pontiac at North Avenue and Howard Street in the mid-1930s. He opened his first dealership in 1945 in the 2700 block of Frederick Ave. in West Baltimore.

In 1973, he moved the dealership to Ellicott City and added GMC trucks, Isuzu, Oldsmobile and Volvo automobiles to the Pontiac franchise.

He sold the business in 1997 and retired. He was a member of the Pontiac National Dealers Council.

Known as Chief Tom O'Donnell - his name was played on 1950s radio commercials - he played golf and was a member of Baltimore Country Club and Rolling Road Golf Club.

Mr. O'Donnell was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Pikesville, where a funeral Mass will be offered at noon today.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Genevieve Walter; two sons, Thomas J. O'Donnell Jr. of Ruxton and James E. O'Donnell of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a daughter, Genevieve R. O'Donnell of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert Hartmann, 87, equipment operator

Robert Dietrich Hartmann, a retired heavy equipment operator, died Sunday of heart failure at Memorial Hospital in Easton. He was 87 and lived in Easton.

Born in Violetville in Southwest Baltimore, he attended Polytechnic Institute. He worked in Mielke's grocery store in Violetville from 1930 to 1937 and was a steam shovel and crane operator at McLean Contracting Co. for the next four decades. He retired in 1977 after 40 years as a heavy equipment operator.

As a young man, Mr. Hartmann played semiprofessional sports - baseball with the Spring Grove team, soccer with the Wilmington and West End Booters and football with the Baltimore Collegians.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, the Oldtimers Baseball Association and Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Violetville.

In 1953, he married Daisy Kellog, who died in 1988. In 1990, he wed Mildred Stenger Geib, who survives him.

Services for Mr. Hartmann will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

He also is survived by a daughter, Judith Ann Neff of Leesburg, Va.; a stepson, Russell Eaton Jr., and a stepdaughter, Wendy Moore, both of Denton; a brother, Ted Hartmann of Baltimore; two sisters, Dorothy Malchester of Ferndale and Thelma Adams of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Thelma Baker Hauver, 90, active in Hagerstown clubs

Thelma Baker Hauver, a homemaker who was active in her Hagerstown community, died Thursday of undetermined causes at Homewood at Williamsport, a retirement community in Washington County. She was 90.

Born Thelma Baker in Atlantic City, N.J., she was a graduate of Miss Illmans School for Kindergarten Teachers, part of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. She taught in Atlantic City schools from 1930 to 1935.

That year, she married Dr. Richard V. Hauver, a Hagerstown surgeon, who died in 1997.

Mrs. Hauver was active in the Hagerstown Garden Club, the Washington County Historical Society, the Washington County Museum and the Auxiliary of the Washington County Medical Society. She helped organize and manage the gift shop of the Washington County Hospital in the 1940s.

She also arranged flowers at Homewood for many years.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Zion United Church of Christ, 201 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, where she was a member and served on church committees.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Ann Emerick of Ellicott City and Linda Lamb of Houston; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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