Alphonse Apicella Sr., 80, Little Italy grocery owner...

January 27, 2001

Alphonse Apicella Sr., 80, Little Italy grocery owner

Alphonse G. Apicella Sr., former owner of a Little Italy grocery store that specialized in Italian delicacies, died Jan. 6 of pneumonia at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 80.

In 1949, Mr. Apicella established Apicella's Grocery at Stiles and Exeter streets and operated the business until retiring in 1985. The business is now owned and operated by third-generation family members.

Born and raised in Little Italy, he attended Baltimore public schools until leaving in the sixth grade to work in his father's tailor shop during the Depression.

During World War II, he served aboard a Navy minesweeper until being discharged at war's end.

He was a member of the Sons of Italy and was a communicant of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville and St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church in Little Italy, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Jan.10.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Eleanor Lancelotta; a son, Alphonse G. "Jerry" Apicella Jr. of Eldersburg; six daughters, Rosemarie V. Hunt and Toni Donovan, both of Catonsville, Vera J. Melvin, Jo Anne Elliott and Carole M. Miller, all of Ellicott City, and Noreen A. Bennett of Edgewater; two brothers, Louis Apicella of Baltimore and Pompey Apicella of White Marsh; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Evelyn Frances Neidert, 81, English teacher

Evelyn Frances Neidert, a retired Anne Arundel County English teacher, died Thursday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. She was 81 and lived in Millersville.

She taught composition and literature at Glen Burnie High School for 19 years until she retired in the early 1980s.

Born Evelyn Frances Lowe in Paces, Va., she quit high school during the Depression.

In the 1950s, when she was in her late 30s, she returned to school. She received her Glen Burnie High School diploma in 1957, one year before her oldest daughter, who was also enrolled at the school.

She graduated first in her class at Catonsville Community College and earned a bachelor's degree in English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned a master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

She spent 19 summers at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England, where she studied English literature.

In 1936, she married Howard George Neidert, a farmer, who survives her.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fifth Avenue and Oakwood Road, Glen Burnie, where she was a member.

She is also survived by three daughters, Lynda Yagodka of Millersville, Evelyn Russell of Catonsville and Tiffany Neidert of Millersville; a brother, William Lowe of Hampton, Va.; a sister, Eugenia Barry of Clearwater, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Jacqueline Nellie Klemm, 97, nurse and homemaker

Jacqueline Nellie Klemm, a homemaker and former nurse, died Wednesday of heart failure at the East 33rd Street residence where she had lived since 1943. She was 97.

In the early 1950s, Mrs. Klemm worked as a nurse at a South Baltimore clinic and later as private-duty nurse. She retired in the early 1970s after being hit by a car.

Born Jacqueline Nellie Owen, she was raised in Pulaski, Va., where she graduated from high school. After earning her teaching degree from the State Normal School in East Bradford, Va., she taught in rural Virginia, commuting to work on horseback.

She moved to Atlantic City in the late 1920s, working as a governess and teacher. She lived in Havre de Grace for several years before moving to Baltimore in the 1940s. During the war years, she taught English to immigrant workers.

She was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Baltimore.

Her marriage to Leonard Long ended in divorce. She was married in 1941 to Louis Frederick Klemm, an artist, who died in 1962.

Her son, Max L. Long, died in 1998.

Services will be held at noon Tuesday at the Mitchell-Smith Funeral Home, 123 S. Washington St. in Havre de Grace.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Louise Klemm of Baltimore; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

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