John Eugene Poling, 78, lumber company director John...

March 21, 2001

John Eugene Poling, 78, lumber company director

John Eugene Poling, former director of operations for an Annapolis lumber company, died March 14 of cancer at Brighton Gardens Health Care Center in Naples, Fla. He was 78.

Mr. Poling had lived in Glen Burnie for 42 years before moving to Florida last year.

In the 1990s, he retired from J. F. Johnson Lumber Co., where he had been director of operations for 20 years. Earlier, he was a building superintendent for Kasten Construction Co. and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

He was born in Belington, W.Va., and graduated in 1939 from high school there. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps until joining the Army in 1942.

He served in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. He was a signalman with the 23rd Heavy Construction Battalion, which built Ledo Road, a major supply link connecting India with the Burma Road. He was discharged with the rank of technical sergeant in 1946.

He was a member of the CBI Veterans Association and its Stillwell Basha chapter in Washington. He belonged to the Burma Star Association, Glen Burnie Moose Lodge 213, Annapolis Lodge 622 of the Elks and the Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni Chapter 113.

He and his wife had a second home at the Villages of Country Creek Golf and Country Club in Estero, Fla., where he was living at his death.

He photographed migratory birds and collected and drove Austin-Healy sports cars.

A memorial service is planned for noon April 7 in the chapel of Loudon Park Funeral Home, 3620 Wilkens Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Lucile Stoltz; a brother, Sylvester M. Poling Jr. of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; nephews and nieces; and special family friend Young Lee Chase of Lutherville.

Virginia D. Fauntleroy, 92, Talbot County educator

Virginia D. Fauntleroy, a retired Talbot County educator, died Friday of complications from dementia at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. She was 92.

A longtime Easton resident, she had lived at North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville before moving to Oak Crest Village.

Mrs. Fauntleroy began teaching first grade in one-room segregated schools in 1926 and retired in 1970.

Born Virginia Davis in Parkersburg, W.Va., she was raised in Marietta, Ohio. She earned a teaching certificate from West Virginia State College and a bachelor's degree from what is now Morgan State University.

Active in community affairs, she had been a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and had served as president of the Talbot County Mental Health Association and the Talbot County Retired Teachers Association.

She had been a member of the Easton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the American Red Cross, League of Women Voters, Easton Day Care and the Links social club. Her many civic activities earned her awards from the NAACP and the Talbot County chapter of the Soroptomists.

Mrs. Fauntleroy was a parishioner of Asbury United Methodist Church in Easton and had been president of United Methodist Women there.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and entertaining.

In 1928, she married William H. Fauntleroy, who became principal of Easton High School. He died in 1985.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Asbury United Methodist Church, 18 Higgins St.

She is survived by a daughter, Hortense Fauntleroy of Hillendale; and many nephews and nieces.

Marie C. Miller, 82, Girl Scout leader

Marie C. Miller, a homemaker and Girl Scout leader, died March 14 of complications from Parkinson's disease at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. She was 82 and had lived in Overlea for 47 years.

During World War II, Mrs. Miller made scientific and meteorological instruments at the Julien P. Friez Co. in Baltimore. Later, she was a dental assistant and a substitute teacher at Overlea High School.

She led two Rosedale Girl Scout troops and taught them crafts and led camping expeditions. She also chaperoned trips to a Scout chalet in Switzerland. She volunteered at Franklin Square Hospital and sang in the Choralaires and St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church choir in the 1970s.

She appeared as a supernumerary in Baltimore Opera Company productions during the 1970s.

Marie C. Widitz was born in Hazelton, Pa., where she attended public schools.

In 1944 she married Harold Miller, who died in 1996.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation in Rosedale, where she was a founding member and choir director.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas F. Miller of Joppa and Glenn W. Miller of Street; four daughters, Barbara Miller of Jacksonville, Fla., Terry M. Capp of McKees Rocks, Pa., Paula M. Green of Saratoga, Calif., and Beth H. Vogel of Perry Hall; and eight grandchildren.

Mary Lou Nowakowski, 67, homemaker

Mary Lou Nowakowski, a homemaker, died Saturday of ovarian cancer at her Cape St. Claire home. She was 67.

Mary Lou Burke was born in Baltimore and raised on Streeper Street. She was a Patterson High School graduate.

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