Roger F. Keehner Sr., 79, Postal Service employee Roger...

April 10, 2001

Roger F. Keehner Sr., 79, Postal Service employee

Roger F. Keehner Sr., a retired letter carrier, died Sunday of complications of heart and lung disease at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 79 and lived in Eldersburg.

He retired in 1977 after working for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Morrell Park, he was a graduate of Gwynns Falls Junior High School.

From 1942 to 1945, he served in the Army in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands. He was discharged with the rank of corporal.

He enjoyed studying history and visiting Civil War battle sites.

In the 1980s, he married Jean L. Ames, who survives him.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Glen Haven Memorial Park, 7215 Ritchie Highway.

He is also survived by a son, Roger F. Keehner Jr. of Laurel; a stepdaughter, Joan Ann Harris of Lansdowne; a sister, Lois Ann King of Linthicum; and a granddaughter.

Sister Amelia Bell, 83, teacher and principal

Sister Amelia Bell, a member of the Daughters of Charity and a former teacher, died April 3 of congestive heart failure at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg, her religious order's retirement residence. She was 83.

Sister Amelia retired last year as coordinator of religious education at St. Martin Roman Catholic Church at Fulton Avenue and Fayette Street.

In her 54-year career, she taught at St. John's parochial school in East Baltimore and Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg. She was principal and local superior of St. Peter's Cathedral School in Wilmington, Del., and also held teaching posts in Bridgeport, Conn.; Charleston, S.C.; Washington, D.C.; Lynchburg, Va.; and Albany, N.Y.

Born in Norfolk, Va., Amelia Agnes Bell joined the Daughters of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious order of women, in 1935. She was a graduate of St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg and received a master's degree in education from St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y., in 1960.

A Mass was offered Thursday.

She is survived by a brother, Patrick Vincent Bell of Ashland, Ky.; three sisters, Ann Bishton of Norfolk, Nancy Bramble of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Peggy Seagrave of Downingtown, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.

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Luther A. Heathcote, 80, highways superintendent

Luther A. Heathcote, a retired Baltimore City highways superintendent, died Saturday of kidney failure at Memorial Hospital in York, Pa. He was 80. He lived in Hampden before moving to York five years ago.

Mr. Heathcote worked for the Baltimore Department of Public Works for 42 years, retiring as a superintendent of highways and streets in 1980.

Born in Washington, he was raised on Falls Road in Hampden and attended city public schools.

During World War II, he served in the Army in England, France and Belgium.

In 1941, he married Gloria May Atkinson, who died in 1994.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Home, 35 Gotham Place, Red Lion, Pa.

He is survived by a son, L. Thomas Heathcote of Glen Rock, Pa.; a daughter, Joyce Lou Miller of Blairsville, Ga.; a brother, Norman E. Heathcote of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

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