Gene William DeDeo Sr., 74, home remodeler Gene William...

April 15, 2001

Gene William DeDeo Sr., 74, home remodeler

Gene William DeDeo Sr., president of Loch Raven Remodeling Co. Inc. and a World War II Navy veteran, died April 8 of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 74.

At the time of his death, the Long Green resident was president of Loch Raven Remodeling, a business he had owned and operated since 1977. Earlier, he had been a partner in Loch Raven Roofing Co. and had worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant for 15 years.

Born and raised in the Pimlico section of the city, he was a graduate of Forest Park High School.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as a signalman aboard the USS Iowa. He participated in the Asiatic-European-African campaigns and was discharged in 1947.

A memorial Mass was offered Thursday at St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Hydes.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Julia M. Corbin; a son, Gene W. DeDeo Jr. of Bel Air; three daughters, Denise A. Schwartz of Glendale, Calif., Gina D. Fontanazza of Baldwin and Joni K. LaPointe of Scotts Valley, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A stepson, Douglas Everhart Jr., died in 1979.

Nick Eric Wichman, 8, Ellicott City 2nd-grader

Nick Eric Wichman, a second-grade pupil at Children's Manor Montessori School in Ellicott City, died Monday at his home from complications of a brain-stem tumor. He was 8.

Nick, who had attended Children's Manor Montessori School since he was 6, also was a member of Boy Scout Troop 794, Den 4.

A third baseman for the Elkridge Youth Organization, he also was a striker for the EYO's soccer team. He also liked hiking.

He liked collecting Pokemon cards and coins. An enthusiastic model railroader, Nick and his father collected vintage model railroad trains and enjoyed working together on their extensive HO-gauge layout in their basement.

Born and raised in Ellicott City, Nick was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he attended Vacation Bible School, and First Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the Flash Group, a Bible study group.

Nick also liked playing with his dog, Frank Robert, a West Highland white terrier.

A memorial service was held yesterday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City.

He is survived by his parents, Richard and Karen Wichman of Ellicott City; paternal grandparents, Carl and Dorothy Wichman of Pittsburgh; maternal grandparents, Robert and Frances Harbula of Pittsburgh; godparents, Kathy Harbula of Perry Hall and Roy Wichman of Pittsburgh; and several uncles and aunts.

Anita Parker Paige, 93, educator

Anita Parker Paige, a former educator who had taught for many years in overseas schools, died Thursday from complications of a broken hip at the Gibson Island home of her daughter. She was 93.

Formerly of Chevy Chase, Mrs. Paige had lived at Gibson Island since 1995.

Born Anita Parker in Valparaiso, Ind., Mrs. Paige was a 1929 magna cum laude graduate of Vassar College, where she earned her bachelor's degree and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1930, she earned her master's degree from the University of Chicago. She was an assistant professor of English at Hillsdale College in Michigan until 1933.

In 1940, she married Robert Myron Paige, a State Department economist, and the couple spent many years abroad while serving at diplomatic posts in Greece during the early years of the Marshall Plan, and subsequently in Iran, Taiwan and Vietnam, before his retirement in 1965. He died that year.

Because of her interest in education, Mrs. Paige served on the boards of the Anglo-American Schools in Athens, the Presbyterian School in Teheran and the Gingling Girls Middle School in Taipei.

Mrs. Paige also taught English and French at the American Secondary School in Iran, and later at the Republic of China Military Cartographic Section Group and the National Taiwan University.

She was a board member of the Overseas Education Fund of the League of Women Voters in Washington, and had been active in league affairs since the early 1930s.

Mrs. Paige was a founding member of the American Women's Organization of Greece and the Asian-American Forum in Washington. She was also a member of Friends of Soochow University, Diplomatic and Counselor Officers, Retired, Association of American Foreign Service Women and the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was a longtime member of Westmoreland Congregational Church in Chevy Chase, and at her death was a member of St. Christopher By-The-Sea Episcopal Church on Gibson Island, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 25.

She is survived by three daughters, Susan Paige Morrison of Gibson Island, Amy Paige-Dunker of Juneau, Alaska, and Caroline Paige McClennan of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; a sister, Alice Parker Hunt of Gibson Island; and eight grandchildren.

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