Helen Gerstmyer, 84, homemaker, volunteer Helen...

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January 20, 2001

Helen Gerstmyer, 84, homemaker, volunteer

Helen Gerstmyer, a homemaker and church volunteer, died Sunday of dementia at Masonic Home of Maryland in Cockeysville. She was 84 and lived in Towson.

She was a member of Northwood Appold Methodist Church's women's club in the 1960s and a volunteer at Spring Grove Hospital Center.

Mrs. Gerstmyer had operated a small business, selling hats at church bazaars.

Born in Baltimore, Helen Vir- ginia Schleuning was raised on Luzerne Avenue in East Baltimore. She was a 1933 Eastern High School graduate.

Funeral services were held Wednesday.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Newell M. Gerstmyer of Cockeysville; two sons, P. Douglas Gerstmyer of Columbia and W. Randall Gerstmyer of Sparks; and four grandchildren.

Betty Lou Day, 73, teacher and principal

Betty Lou Day, a retired educator, died Tuesday of lung cancer at the home of a niece in Westminster. She was 73.

In 1979, the Westminster resident retired as principal of Mechanicsburg Elementary School. She had taught at Mount Airy, Sykesville and Freedom elementary schools.

Born in Sykesville, Miss Day was a graduate of Westminster High School and Western Maryland College, where she also earned a master's degree in school administration.

She belonged to the Carroll Players, the Carroll County Retired Teachers Association, United Methodist Women, First United Methodist Church of Sarasota, Fla., and St. Matthews by the Sea United Methodist Church of Fenwick Island, Del.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Pritts Funeral Home, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Jeanne L. Griffith, 79, longtime volunteer

Jeanne L. Griffith, a longtime volunteer, died Wednesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries suffered in a traffic accident outside Bel Air on Tuesday. She was 79 and lived in Forest Hill.

Mrs. Griffith was bringing her cat to a veterinarian when she apparently became disoriented, veered into oncoming traffic on Route 1 south of Route 152 and collided with several cars, state police said.

"That was her, independent and caring until the end," said her son, Dwight S. Griffith, who had built an addition to his home to house his ill mother.

Born Jeanne Leinbach in Highlandtown, she attended local schools. During World War II, she was a local Red Cross volunteer, driving cars and ambulances.

For more than 20 years she worked with her husband, John H. Griffith, in his Baltimore-based hospital equipment company. After his death in 1981, she was executive secretary for Dr. Carl A. Zapffe, a local scientist and author who died in 1994.

She and her husband cofounded Carroll Manor Little League in Glen Arm.

She enjoyed following the Orioles, Colts and Ravens and was an accomplished flower gardener.

Services will held at 1 p.m. today at Kurtz Funeral Home, 1114 Baldwin Mill Road, Jarrettsville.

She also is survived by two other sons, the Rev. John D. Griffith of Burlington, Iowa, and Daryl A. Griffith of Baldwin; and 10 grandchildren.

George W. Gorsuch Jr., 71, decorated Army aviator

George W. Gorsuch Jr., a retired Army lieutenant colonel and aviator, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Lutherville. He was 71.

He entered the Army in 1952 during the Korean War and took flying lessons at his own expense. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant after completing officer candidate school and trained to fly light planes and helicopters.

In Vietnam, Colonel Gorsuch flew helicopter gunships, and electronic warfare and reconnaissance planes.

His decorations included the Master Army Aviator Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal with 12 oak-leaf clusters.

After leaving active duty, he joined the Army Reserve and was a civilian employee managing Tipton Airfield at Fort Meade.

He retired from the reserves in 1989 and from Tipton in 1993.

Born in Gamber in Carroll County, he was a 1946 graduate of Westminster High School.

In 1955, he married Eleanor Myers, who survives him.

Services were held yesterday at Pritts Funeral Home, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

In addition to his wife, Colonel Gorsuch is survived by three brothers, Norris Gorsuch of Fayetteville, N.C., Gilbert L. Gorsuch of Gamber and Francis Gorsuch of Westminster; two sisters, E. Jane Sinnott of Westminster and Linda L. Crawford of Stewartsville, N.J.; and nieces and nephews.

William Albert Schulte, 88, Glen Burnie auto dealer

William Albert Schulte, a retired Glen Burnie automobile dealer, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his Woodbine home. He was 88.

Seen on 1960s and 1970s television commercials singing "It's mighty hard to turn down a Schulte deal," he often appeared wearing a Stetson hat or dressed in overalls as he washed a new car.

"There's not a person in Baltimore who doesn't remember having to listen to Bill Schulte's song on a Saturday night when we were watching `Creature Feature,'" said Nicky Ratliff, executive director of the Carroll County Humane Society, who lives in Mount Airy.

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