William Foresman Shafer, 46, construction manager...

September 11, 2000

William Foresman Shafer, 46, construction manager

William Foresman Shafer, an architect who specialized in construction management and former Guilford resident, died Friday at his home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., of skin cancer. He was 46.

During the period he resided in Guilford, from 1986 to 1996, Mr. Shafer contributed to the design and construction of the physics and astronomy building at the Johns Hopkins University, and the Homer Gudelsky Building at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

He handled firework displays as a member of the Steak Club of Guilford. More recently, he served on the board of managers for the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club. He also was affiliated with Shafer Vineyards, a family-owned and operated winery in California's Napa Valley.

Mr. Shafer was a graduate of the Deerford School at Stanford University and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

A memorial service is scheduled Wednesday at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Susan Briere Shafer, and two daughters, Whitney McDonald Shafer and Lucy Elizabeth Shafer, all of Saratoga Springs; his father, John R. Shafer of Napa, Calif.; his mother, Elizabeth S. Wells of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two brothers, Donald F. Shafer of St. Helena, Calif., and Bradford J. Shafer of San Francisco; and a sister, Elizabeth S. Cafaro, of St. Helena, Calif.

Edna E. Eiring, 82, accountant and volunteer

Edna E. Eiring, an accountant and American Red Cross volunteer, died Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson of complications from heart and lung surgery. She was 82.

Born Edna MacBrair in Dayton, Ohio, she moved to Baltimore in the 1920s and graduated from Forest Park High School in the 1930s.

Soon after, she married Henry Eiring, and they moved to Middle River.

Mrs. Eiring worked as a dental assistant in Baltimore during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

In 1946, a year before moving to Fork, she founded Fork Hardware Co. with her husband and brother-in-law, Lawrence Eiring. They ran the store from a 19th-century building that once was a carriage house.

Until the business was sold in 1976, Mrs. Eiring handled the company's accounting, a self-taught skill. Every Friday night, brought the week's records home to her kitchen and updated the ledger by hand.

"My mother was the one with the money mind in the family," said her son, Larry Eiring of Fork. "She knew finances."

In 1985, a year after her husband died, Mrs. Eiring began volunteering at the Bel Air office of the American Red Cross, where she managed records and helped run the office for 11 years. She was named Volunteer of the Year at the Bel Air office several times.

During the 1960s, she was active in the Kingsville Lioness Club, the women's auxiliary of the Crescent Yacht Club in Middle River during the 1970s and 1980s, and the Boumi Temple Auxiliary in Baltimore during the 1980s.

Mrs. Eiring, who moved to Bel Air last year, loved to bake.

"People will remember her for pies and cakes," Larry Eiring said. "All the wedding cakes for people in the family, she made them."

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church of Blenheim, 13300 Manor Road in Long Green.

In addition to her son, she is survived by two daughters, Barbara Meadowcroft of Edgewood and Edna King of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Juanita H. Johnson, 79, homemaker and gardener

Juanita Harrison Johnson, a Rosedale-area homemaker who delighted neighbors with the many flower beds, bird feeders and birdhouses that dotted her yard, died of a stroke while visiting family in Ligonier, Pa., Tuesday. She was 79.

Mrs. Johnson moved to Baltimore from Smithfield, N.C., in 1941. She lived in several communities around Baltimore, but spent the last 14 years in the Chesaco Park neighborhood of Rosedale in Baltimore County.

She and her husband, Warren L. Johnson, were members of Woodlawn Gospel Chapel for 53 years, where Mrs. Johnson served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in December.

Services were held Saturday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Edward R. Johnson of Ligonier, Pa., and Sherwood W. Johnson of Baltimore; and two sisters, Middis Overbee of Goldsboro, N.C., and Wanna Mae Miller of Champion, Pa.

Wilmer W. Hoffman, 85, electronics salesman

Wilmer W. "Pug" Hoffman, who spent his 39-year career selling electronics supplies for various companies in Baltimore, died Thursday at St. Agnes HealthCare after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

Mr. Hoffman served in the U.S. Army Occupational Forces in Germany in 1945-46, attaining the rank of sergeant. After leaving the service, he worked at Westinghouse, Bendix and MilTech, from which he retired in 1995.

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