John A. Pierson, 78, real estate appraiser John A...

May 09, 2001

John A. Pierson, 78, real estate appraiser

John A. Pierson, a retired commercial real estate appraiser and broker, died Monday of cancer at Talbot Hospice House in Easton. He was 78.

The former Roland Park resident worked for many years for the Rouse Co., serving as the first development manager of the Village of Cross Keys in North Baltimore. He also leased office space in Rouse Co. projects.

After working for several years as a commercial real estate appraiser, he joined W.C. Pinkard & Co. in 1981 as a commercial real estate broker. He retired in 1988.

After moving to Easton that year, he worked for several years as an appraiser for Tidewater Properties in Easton.

Born and raised in Bolton Hill, he was a 1941 graduate of St. Paul's School, where he played lacrosse.

He served as a Navy bomber pilot during the waning days of World War II, flying TBM Avengers off aircraft carriers. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant in 1945.

He was married in 1945 to Elizabeth Ives Wilcox, who survives him.

He volunteered at Talbot Hospice and Easton's annual Waterfowl Festival.

Mr. Pierson was a former member of the USS Constellation Foundation, the Fresh Air Society and the Rotary Club of Baltimore and was a former trustee of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church.

He also was a member of Riverslie Gun Club of Easton, Potopscot Sailing Association on the Magothy River, the Navy League, Izaak Walton League, Easton Historic Commission and the Gibson Island Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian, 6200 N. Charles St.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John B. Pierson of Towson; two daughters, Elizabeth P. Freedlander of Easton and Ann P. Dalton of Annapolis; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Isabella M. Bartlett, 97, homemaker, club member

Isabella McCormick Bartlett, a homemaker who was active in various organizations, died Friday of a heart attack at Elkridge Estates in North Baltimore. She was 97.

A former longtime Caves Road resident in Owings Mills, she had lived at Elkridge Estates since 1981. Mrs. Bartlett had been chairwoman of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage and president of the Green Spring Valley Garden Club and the Junior League of Baltimore.

She was a member of the Colonial Dames of Maryland and had been a member of the old Hospital for the Women of Maryland in Bolton Hill.

Isabella McCormick was born and raised in Washington, where she graduated from high school.

She was married in 1929 to James Dixon Bartlett Sr., president of Poor, Bowen, Bartlett and Kennedy Inc., Baltimore insurance brokers. He died in 1971.

She was a former communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

She is survived by four daughters, Virginia B. Smart of Lutherville, Isabella B. Hoblitzell of Owings Mills, Mary-Dixon B. Peers of Easton and Elizabeth B. Hill of Villanova, Pa.; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Her son, James Dixon Bartlett Jr., died in 1991.

Sister Berchmans Berberich, 92, teacher and librarian

Sister Berchmans Berberich, a teacher and librarian who spent 74 years in the Daughters of Charity order, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at Villa St. Michael, a retirement residence in Emmitsburg. She was 92.

Mary Frances Berberich was born in Chesterfield County, Va., and entered the Daughters of Charity in 1927. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education at Villanova University.

Her career began in 1928 as a teacher and child care worker at St. Vincent's Home in Drexel Hill, Pa. Later she taught Latin, English and math and was a guidance counselor at Seton High School in Baltimore from 1939 to 1947.

She later worked at St. Paul School in Portsmouth, Va., and was the director of the Curriculum Center at St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg.

Before her retirement in 1989, she worked as a math teacher and tutor at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg.

She is survived by a brother, Charles Berberich of Chester, Va., a sister, Elizabeth Englert of Baldwin, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. today at Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg.

Contributions may be made to the Daughters of Charity Support Fund for the Elderly and Infirm Sisters, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg 21727.

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