Marie Gertrude Kurrle, 82, homemaker, bowler Marie...

May 02, 2001

Marie Gertrude Kurrle, 82, homemaker, bowler

Marie Gertrude Kurrle, a former Rodgers Forge resident and homemaker, died April 23 of cancer in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. She was 82.

Until moving to Desert Hot Springs in 1997, Mrs. Kurrle had lived in Rodgers Forge for more than 30 years.

Marie Sheehan was born in Waverly and graduated from Eastern High School. In the late 1930s, she was a clerical worker at Kurrle Meat Packing Co. on Kirk Avenue.

In 1938, she married Charles C. Kurrle, who worked in the family-owned business until it was sold in 1962. He died in 1977.

An avid duckpin bowler, Mrs. Kurrle bowled with the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church Bowling League for many years. She also enjoyed vacationing in Ocean City.

She was a former communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge.

A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the Harford County home of Douglas Kurrle, a grandson, 301 Cannery Court, Forest Hill.

She is survived by two sons, Charles R. Kurrle of Ocean Pines and Steven D. Kurrle of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Patricia M. Carney of Desert Hot Springs; four other grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

William Joseph Harris, 76, owned tailoring business

William Joseph Harris, a retired tailor, died Friday of heart failure at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Baltimore. He was 76 and lived in Govans.

In the 1950s, he opened the Towson Service Shop at 13 E. Chesapeake Ave., a dry-cleaning and tailoring business. He later moved it to York Road and Cold Spring Lane. He retired about 20 years ago but continued to do tailoring work at home.

Born in Monkton, he attended Baltimore County public schools and was a 1950 graduate of the New York Tailoring Institute in Baltimore.

From 1943 to 1949, he served in the Army in Europe and the Middle East and was discharged with the rank of private first class.

In 1951, he married Dorothy Robinson, who survives him.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 4103 Old York Road, where he was a member and usher.

He also is survived by a brother, Ross Jones of Monkton; and four sisters, Anita Hamilton, Agnes Giles, Grace Giles and Marie Carey, all of Baltimore.

Elizabeth I. Blair, 84, arts philanthropist

Elizabeth Iglehart Blair, a native Baltimorean who was active in Chicago arts philanthropy, died April 25 of a heart attack at home in Lake Bluff, Ill. She was 84.

Raised at Ivy Hill, her family's Green Spring Valley home, she was a graduate of the Calvert School, Garrison Forest School and Miss Wheeler's School in Providence, R.I.

She and her horse, Rapid River, were hired as extras in the 1940 film, "Maryland."

She was a former board member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Lyric Opera.

In 1941, she married Edward McCormick Blair, who survives her.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Garrison, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

She is also survived by two sons, Edward McCormick Blair and Francis Iglehart Blair, both of Chicago; a brother, Francis N. Iglehart of Monkton; a sister, Angelica Peale Allan of Brooklandville; and five grandchildren.

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