Bernardine E. Doneski, 93, B&O Railroad secretary...

March 30, 2001

Bernardine E. Doneski, 93, B&O Railroad secretary

Bernardine Elizabeth Doneski, a former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad employee, died Monday of cancer at the New Jersey Geriatric Center in Elizabeth, N.J. She was 93 and had lived in Govans and Lansdowne.

In the late 1920s, she joined the secretarial staff of the Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft plant in Middle River. Later, she was a secretary in the mechanical engineering department of the B&O at its Mount Clare Shops in Southwest Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore, Bernardine Elizabeth Foley was raised on Craig Avenue in Govans. She graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory School. She later lived in Lansdowne on Sulphur Spring Road.

She also had lived in Pittsburgh, New Castle, Pa., Gassaway, W.Va., and Roselle Park, N.J.

She enjoyed swimming, dancing, canoeing and hunting. She also was an accomplished seafood cook.

In 1934, she married Bernard J. Doneski Jr., an assistant superintendent with Central Railroad of New Jersey who helped preserve two locomotives housed at the B&O Museum. He died in 1968.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday .

She is survived by two sons, retired Army Col. Bernard J. Doneski III of Bethesda and J. Gerard Doneski of Kenilworth, N.J.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Cliffereda Connally May Tull, 79, Baltimore native, teacher

Cliffereda Connally May Tull, a retired New Jersey elementary school teacher, died Saturday of heart failure at Underwood Memorial Hospital in Camden, N.J. The Baltimore native was 79 and lived in Mantua, N.J.

She had taught for 28 years at Oak Valley School in Deptford, N.J. Raised in the 500 block of N. Bond St. in East Baltimore, Cliffereda Connally May graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1939 and Wilberforce University in Ohio. She later studied at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, N.J.

For 36 years, she was treasurer of the Philadelphia chapter of the Wilberforce University Alumni Association. She was a life member of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority.

In the 1940s, she married Harrison A. Tull. They later divorced.

Funeral services will be held at noon today at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Woodbury, N.J.

She is survived by a daughter, Elaine Marie Tull Tidwell of Omaha, Neb.; a brother, Semuel W. May of Baltimore; and a sister, Martina May Hubbard of Tampa, Fla.

James Edward Barnett, 66, B&O Railroad worker

James Edward "Railroad" Barnett, a former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad worker and carpenter, died Monday of lung cancer at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W. Va. He was 66.

Mr. Barnett earned the nickname "Railroad" from his days as a maintenance-of-way worker for the B&O.

The former longtime resident of Lemmon Street in Southwest Baltimore was a carpenter later. He retired in 1990 and moved last year to Hedgesville, W. Va.

Born in Duffield, Va., he was raised in Baltimore, where he graduated from public schools. He enlisted in the Army and served in Germany for two years before being discharged with the rank of specialist in 1957.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

He is survived by a brother, Franklin Barnett of Baltimore; a sister, Thelma J. Alston of Hedgesville; two nephews; and a niece.

Wendell Julian Daniels, 38, self-employed contractor

Wendell Julian Daniels, a home improvement contractor, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 38 and lived in the Broadneck section of Annapolis.

A self-employed contractor, he did plumbing and carpentry work.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Annapolis, he attended Anne Arundel County public schools and took correspondence courses.

He was a member of the Contemporary Jaycees and enjoyed reading, jazz and woodworking.

His marriage to Veronica Eley ended in divorce.

Funeral services were held yesterday.

He is survived by a daughter, Ra-Sheila Daniels of Glen Burnie; his mother, Edna Carr of Annapolis; three brothers, Melvin Daniels of Annapolis and Gregory and Michael Daniels, both of Arnold; and five sisters, Barbara Christian of Richmond, Va., Karen Butler of Baltimore, Mary Daniels of Arnold, Louise Jones of Severn and Dallas Lee of New York City.

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