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March 15, 2001

Eldridge A. Thomas, 95, foreman at BGE

Eldridge A. Thomas, a retired utility worker, died Tuesday of pneumonia at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 95 and lived in White Marsh and Sarasota, Fla.

He retired in 1969 from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., where he was a foreman in the underground utilities section.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised on South Charles Street and attended public schools.

A member of the Essex Moose, he was inducted into the Maryland Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame. As a young man, he played for BGE, Buck Glass and South Baltimore baseball teams.

His wife, Irene C. Thomas, died in 1974.

Funeral services for Mr. Thomas will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2930 Frederick Ave.

He is survived by his fiance, Marie M. Jenkins of White Marsh; and two half-brothers, Howard Carter of Sarasota and Robert Carter of Bradenton, Fla.

Edmond J. Stroup, 75, Catholic priest at GBMC

The Rev. Edmond John Stroup, retired pastor of Roman Catholic churches, died Monday of a heart attack at Long Crandon, a residence for retired priests in Timonium. He was 75.

From 1981 to 1991, when he retired, he was a chaplain at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson.

Beginning in 1961, he was assigned to St. Vincent de Paul Church in downtown Baltimore. He was named pastor there in 1965.

In 1971 at St. Vincent, he ended the custom of saying a printers' Mass at 2:30 a.m. The service originated in 1915 for the benefit of printers at the city's daily newspapers. The parish continues a tradition of having a Sunday 12:15 a.m. Mass.

He was also pastor at St. Rita in Dundalk, Holy Family in Davidsonville and Our Lady of Sorrows in Owensville, Anne Arundel County.

He was a curate at St. Charles Borromeo in Pikesville and St. John in Westminster. He also was a legal advocate in matters of Roman Catholic religious law at the Archdiocesan Tribunal.

Born in Essington, Pa., Father Stroup was a graduate of Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary in Emmitsburg and was ordained in 1949.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul St. in Ellicott City.

He is survived by a sister, Olive M. Repsher of Ellicott City; two nephews; and two nieces.

Richard Johnson III, 46, Annapolis pastor

The Rev. Richard Johnson III, founding pastor of the First Christian Community Church Inc. of Annapolis, died Friday of pneumonia at Laurel Regional Hospital. The Bowie resident was 46.

In 1991, Mr. Johnson founded the nondenominational church with a handful of parishioners. The congregation now has more than 800 members.

Called "the church of the practical proclamation," First Christian combines traditional worship with charismatic and contemporary worship.

Mr. Johnson began his ministry in 1980 as pastor of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Waterbury, Anne Arundel County, where he served until 1991.

Born and raised in Annapolis, where he graduated from high school, he received his religious training at Washington Bible College and Capitol Seminary in Lanham.

In 1979, he founded Unity Theatrical Ensemble, an acting troupe that performed plays he had written.

He was married for many years to the former Karen Vanessa Brown, who survives.

Services were held yesterday.

He also is survived by a son, Richard "Ricky" Johnson IV, and a daughter, Erika Andrea Johnson, both of Bowie; his parents, Richard Johnson Jr. and Gladys Johnson of Annapolis; and a brother, Annapolis Police Chief Joseph S. Johnson.

Dorothy H. Ningard, 99, homemaker, volunteer

Dorothy Heaton Ningard, a homemaker, volunteer and active churchwoman, died in her sleep Friday at Augsburg Lutheran Home in Lochearn. She was 99.

Mrs. Ningard had resided at the retirement home since 1987 and formerly lived in Ten Hills.

For more than 50 years, she was a communicant of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Ten Hills, where she was a member of the Altar Guild.

She also volunteered for many years at the Uplands Home for Church Women, a residence for elderly Episcopalians in West Baltimore.

She was a former member of the Ten Hills Garden Club.

Dorothy Edith Leininger was born in Astoria, N.Y., where she graduated from Bryant High School.

In 1924, she married Eugene Edward Heaton Sr., an attorney who was secretary and general counsel of the Commercial Credit Corp. He died in 1950.

In 1959, she married Milton O. Ningard, a Commercial Credit Corp. sales manager. He died in 1992.

Mrs. Ningard enjoyed traveling by freighter and attending Johns Hopkins University lacrosse games at Homewood Field.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 4711 Edmondson Ave.

She is survived by two sons, Robert B. Heaton of Cockeysville and Eugene E. Heaton Jr. of Hopewell, N.J.; six grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.

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