Gladys Ophilder Johnson, 82, registered nurse Gladys...

March 24, 2001

Gladys Ophilder Johnson, 82, registered nurse

Gladys Ophilder Johnson, a retired registered nurse who had worked for a Baltimore physician for 20 years, died Monday of gastrointestinal bleeding at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 82.

Until retiring in 1968, Mrs. Johnson worked for Dr. Louis J. Glass, assisting him with delivering babies for 20 years. Earlier, she had worked as a midwife and nurse for 10 years.

Born Gladys Ophilder Jones in Oyster, Va., she attended schools there. She later moved to Baltimore, where she earned a degree in nursing.

A resident of Centreville in Queen Anne's County since 1991, she had lived in Baltimore and Philadelphia. She was married in 1974 to Joseph G. Johnson, who died in 1995.

She was a member of Faith Unity Fellowship Ministries Worldwide, 31850 Millington Road, Millington, Kent County, where services will be held at 1 p.m. today.

She is survived by a brother, Alvin Griffin of Grasonville; nephews and nieces; and an adopted son, Gregory "Buzz" James of Baltimore. Her son, Lawrence Jones, died in 1998.

Bessie Caplan, 97, homemaker, bookkeeper

Bessie Goldenberg Caplan, homemaker and former bookkeeper for a Baltimore department store chain, died Wednesday in her sleep at her home in Baltimore. She was 97.

Mrs. Caplan had started working as a teen-ager at Goldenberg's Bargain House on South Broadway in Fells Point. The store had been established in 1913 by her father, Aaron Goldenberg, an immigrant from Bessarabia.

She managed the store's bookkeeping department and helped pioneer its discount-retail concept that made available low-cost goods to its customers, many of whom were recent immigrants.

"The stores were famous for their counters and tables loaded with merchandise -- spools of thread, cards of straight pins and memo books -- priced at 4 to 8 cents. `Oceans of Notions,' said the signs," reported The Evening Sun in a 1992 article.

Goldenberg's, which at its height had 10 stores in the Baltimore area, closed after declaring bankruptcy in 1992.

Bessie Goldenberg was born in Philadelphia and raised in Fells Point. She was educated in Baltimore public schools. She was married in 1921 to Emanuel Caplan, who died in 1965.

She enjoyed doing needlework and crocheting.

Mrs. Caplan was a member of Oheb Shalom congregation.

Services were private.

She is survived by a son, Alvin G. Caplan of Baltimore; a daughter, Jacqueline Eliasberg of Baltimore; a sister, Florence G. Pierce of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

James K. Nolte Sr., 78, Bendix Radio estimator

James K. Nolte Sr., a World War II veteran and retired Bendix Radio Corp. estimator, died Wednesday of heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 78 and lived in Timonium.

Mr. Nolte retired in 1975 from Bendix Radio Corp. in Towson, where he had been a government contract estimator for 27 years.

Mr. Nolte, who was born and raised in Baltimore's Pimlico section, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. He earned his GED while serving with the Marines as an aviation mechanic on Midway in the Pacific Theater of operations. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant at war's end.

After returning to Baltimore, he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore.

He enjoyed collecting American coins and golfing.

Mr. Nolte was a parishioner of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, in Texas, Baltimore County, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Eleanor Harr; two sons, James K. Nolte Jr. and Thomas A. Nolte, both of Timonium; a daughter, Veronica Nolte Cummings of Cockeysville; two grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

William F. Spence Sr., 83, Goodyear service manager

William Franklin Spence Sr., who managed Goodyear Auto Service Centers in New Jersey and Maryland, died Wednesday of cancer and kidney failure at Charlestown Community in Catonsville. He was 83.

The former Ellicott City resident, who had lived at the retirement community since 1997, had retired in 1978 from Goodyear Tire Co., owners of Goodyear Auto Service Centers.

He began his career during the 1940s. At the time of his retirement, he was managing the company's Catonsville center on Route 40.

Born and raised on Wilkens Avenue, he was a 1936 graduate of City College and attended Strayer Business College.

During World War II, he served with the Navy in the Pacific and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of yeoman.

He enjoyed golfing and playing bridge.

Mr. Spence was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Martha Elizabeth Todd; two sons, William F. Spence Jr. of Glenwood and Todd Spence of Relay; a daughter, Lisa Meeder of Columbia; a brother, H. Braden Spence Jr. of Dunedin, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Frank L. Stoup Jr., 74, owned tool and die firm

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