Joel W. Hutton, 88, owned signal monitoring business...

March 20, 2001

Joel W. Hutton, 88, owned signal monitoring business

Joel W. Hutton, former owner of a Catonsville broadcast signal monitoring business, died Saturday in his sleep at Charlestown Community. The longtime Catonsville resident was 88.

Mr. Hutton moved to the retirement community, also in Catonsville, last year.

In 1948, he established Hutton Monitoring Service, which he operated from his home, using radio receiving equipment and antennas he operated to verify that radio and television stations and mobile phone users were broadcasting on their assigned frequencies. He monitored broadcast signals for clients throughout the eastern United States. He sold the business and retired in 1988.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Roland Park, Mr. Hutton was a 1929 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

An avid vegetable gardener, for years he pressed cider from apples he gathered from trees on his property.

In 1938, he married Vera Walker, who died in 1994.

Mr. Hutton was a 50-year member of Catonsville Presbyterian Church, where he had been an elder and deacon.

A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road.

He is survived by two sons, David Hutton of Ten Hills and Ralph Hutton of Richmond, Va.; two daughters, Elizabeth Crescenzo of Richmond and Susan Tawney of Easton; and 10 grandchildren.

Katherine Irwin, 78, saleswoman, homemaker

Katherine Irwin, a homemaker and former sales associate, died Friday of a stroke at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. She was 78 and lived in Arnold.

Until retiring in the late 1980s, Mrs. Irwin had been a sales associate at the Fashion Bug store in Severna Park Mall for 16 years. In addition, she was an Avon sales representative.

Born Katherine Evanovich in Theodore, Saskatchewan, Canada, she was a graduate of public schools there.

In 1952, she married William Allen Clinton Irwin, and they moved to Salisbury. She became a U.S. citizen in 1956.

Mrs. Irwin also had lived in LaVale before moving to Arnold in 1973.

She was a 27-year member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Severna Park. An alto, she was a member of the church choir and belonged to the Evangelical Lutheran Church Association Ladies Club.

Mrs. Irwin, who was a director of the Magothy Manor Civic Association, enjoyed gardening, reading and sewing.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Deborah Irwin of Baltimore and Susan P. Barry of Glen Burnie; two brothers, Nicholas Evans of Saskatchewan and Alex Evans of Edmonton, Alberta; and a grandson.

Madelyn L. Langenfelder, 93, city school principal

Madelyn Lillian Langenfelder, a retired educator, died Saturday of heart failure at Charlestown Community in Catonsville. She was 93 and had lived in Hamilton for more than 50 years.

Miss Langenfelder retired 31 years ago as principal of Abbottston Elementary School in Northeast Baltimore. She had been a vice principal at Leith Walk Elementary School in Northwood and had taught at Montebello, Margaret Brent, Canton and Highlandtown elementary schools.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, she was a 1925 graduate of Eastern High School and received a teaching certificate from what is now Towson University in 1927.

She was a founding member of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and was active in the Baltimore Retired Teachers Association.

Miss Langenfelder enjoyed travel, knitting and painting.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5309 Harford Road.

She is survived by nephews and nieces.

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