Gordon Andrew Stith, 64, chief baker at a hospital...

September 10, 2000

Gordon Andrew Stith, 64, chief baker at a hospital

Gordon Andrew Stith, who was chief baker at Spring Grove Hospital Center, died Monday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore. He was 64.

From 1980 until retiring in 1992, Mr. Stith oversaw and directed the production of all baked goods used at Spring Grove in Catonsville. He began his career in 1955 working for Silber's Bakery, the noted Baltimore institution that closed in 1980.

Mr. Stith also owned a baking business that provided wedding, anniversary and custom-ordered cakes.

"He loved baking at home and was well-known throughout the neighborhood for his baked goods," said a son, Charles Stith of Baltimore.

The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was a graduate of Carver Vocational Technical High School, where he played football.

He was an active member and former usher at New Psalmist Baptist Church. He also volunteered with and was treasurer of Gospel Messengers Outreach Centre, which provides food and support to the elderly and shut-ins.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at New Psalmist Baptist Church, 4501 Old Frederick Road in Baltimore.

He was married in the early 1950s to Delores Stancil, who died in 1995.

In addition to his son, he is survived by another son, Russell Stith of Baltimore; two daughters, Mildred Brickers of Baltimore and the Rev. Cynthia Stith of London; a brother, John E. Stith of Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Katherine Taylor of New York City, and Virginia Waters and Irma Waters, both of Baltimore; a stepson, Dennis R. Stancil of Winston-Salem, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Raymond A. Soboleski Sr., 65, letter carrier

Raymond Anthony Soboleski Sr., a retired letter carrier, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del. He had been stricken while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.

He was 65 and lived in Glen Burnie.

Until he retired in 1980, he served 25 years with the U.S. Postal Service at the Brooklyn Park and Curtis Bay stations.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised in Wagner's Point. He attended Polytechnic Institute. He served in the Army and was stationed in El Paso, Texas.

Mr. Soboleski enjoyed crabbing, fishing and boating. He also nursed injured animals back to health.

In 1955, he married Emma Jean Monroe. They divorced after 16 years.

A Mass was offered yesterday at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, 6401 Orchard Road, Linthicum, where he taught religious instruction.

He is survived by one son, Raymond Anthony Soboleski Jr. of Glen Burnie; five daughters, Charlene Jackson of Baltimore, Monica Carney of Phoenix, Carol Soboleski of Linthicum, Victoria Soboleski of Ferndale and Linda Sherman of Ferndale; two brothers, Edward Soboleski of Mahwah, N.J., and Melvin Soboleski of Ellicott City; one sister, Evelyn Dombroski of Glen Burnie; three granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

Neva Hammerman, 95, Balto. County employee

Neva Smith Hammerman, a retired Baltimore County government employee and longtime volunteer, died Tuesday at Augsburg Lutheran Home in Baltimore. She was 95.

Born Neva Smith in Tonawanda, N.Y., she graduated from Tonawanda High School in the early 1920s and moved to Boston, where she married Morris Hammerman. He died in 1956.

The family moved to Dundalk in 1939 and, a year later, to Baltimore, where Mrs. Hammerman lived for the rest of her life.

She worked in the Baltimore County tax office, where she was an IBM keypunch operator. After retiring, she volunteered with Meals on Wheels and as a tour group leader for senior citizens visiting Baltimore.

Private services are planned.

Mrs. Hammerman is survived by two sons, Donald Hammerman of Vass, N.C., and William Hammerman of Petaluma, Calif.; a daughter, Joyce Wheeler of Timonium; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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