Otis E. Matthews, 71, Bethlehem Steel worker Otis E...

September 09, 2000

Otis E. Matthews, 71, Bethlehem Steel worker

Otis E. Matthews, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker who enjoyed raising vegetables, died Sunday from complications of a stroke at Lorien Frankford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore. He was 71.

Mr. Matthews worked for 41 years at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant before retiring in 1987.

He attended public schools in Virginia and came to Baltimore in the 1940s.

Mr. Matthews was a member of Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Stella Franklin; three brothers, the Rev. Rome Matthews and LeRoy Matthews, both of Baltimore, and Alexander Matthews of Waldorf; three sisters, Celestine Henrick and Nellie Cole, both of Pamplin, and Dorothy Baker of Farmville, Va.; a stepson, Vernon Ferebee of Virginia Beach, Va.; and three step-grandchildren.

Bernadine E. Cochran, 64, Villa Julie employee

Bernadine Elizabeth Cochran, the administrative assistant for Villa Julie College's evening program, died Sunday of cancer at her Reisterstown home. She was 64.

Born Bernadine Elizabeth Fleckenstein in Baltimore and raised in Fallston, she was a 1954 graduate of Bel Air High School.

She was married to Stanley Lee Cochran, a Postal Service technician, for 44 years. He survives her.

A Mass was offered Wednesday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon, where she had been a member for 40 years.

She also is survived by three sons, Stanley Cochran of Elkton, Steven Cochran of Newark, Del., and Scott Cochran of Sacramento, Calif.; four daughters, Sandy Murphy of San Diego, Stacy Kines of Tampa, Fla., Stephanie Clancy of Towson and Suzanne Labun of Bangor, Maine; her mother, Jean Fleckenstein Seraphine of Towson; a sister, Carolyn Greene of Fallston; and 21 grandchildren.

John Henry Herold, 82, trust, estates attorney

John Henry Herold, a former trusts and estates attorney, died Sept. 2 at Sinai Hospital from the effects of a fall. The former Homeland resident had lived in Edenwald since 1992. He was 82.

The retired chairman of the estates and trusts department of the law firm of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman, Mr. Herold practiced for 40 years until his retirement about 10 years ago.

"He was a highly esteemed and self-effacing man," said Max Blumenthal, his law partner. "He was a great comfort to his clients. You never heard any word about personal achievement from his mouth."

In 1947, he began his law career and shortly thereafter became a partner in the firm of Hessey and Herold. In 1963, he became a partner in the Frank firm.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College, the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.

A former president of the Barristers Club, he was the Maryland State Bar Association's chairman of estate law and trusts.

In 1943, he married Jean Lane, who died in 1999.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8601 Valleyfield Road, Lutherville, where he was a former president of the church council and a member of the music and worship committee.

Mr. Herold is survived by five nieces and seven nephews.

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