Blanche Marie Dick, 93, grocery store cashier Blanche...

May 14, 2001

Blanche Marie Dick, 93, grocery store cashier

Blanche Marie Dick, a mother of seven and a former cashier and clerk at grocery stores in Gambrills from the 1940s to the 1960s, died of heart failure Friday at North Arundel Hospital. She was 93.

Blanche Marie Brown was born in Martinsburg, W. Va., where she attended school through the ninth grade.

She was married in 1929 to James Grantham Dick, who died in 1988.

A Gambrills resident for 29 years, she previously resided in Woodwardville. Mrs. Dick was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Martinsburg and enjoyed bingo, gardening and cooking.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hardesty Funeral Home in Gambrills. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society chapter in Gambrills.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Dick of Silver Spring, James Dick Jr. of Severn and George Dick of Sykesville; four daughters, Helen M. Crawford of Severn, Nancy Gulley of Odenton, Peggy Kreitzer of Berkeley Springs, W. Va., and Jean McIntosh of Jonestown, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. One brother and a sister preceded her in death.

Delverne A. Dressel, 70, product liability attorney

Delverne A. Dressel, an attorney specializing in product liability cases, died Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson of a heart attack after suffering from emphysema and lung cancer. He was 70.

Mr. Dressel, who lived in Towson, was born in Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1948. He earned a bachelor's de- gree from Heidelberg College in Ohio in 1952 and his law degree from University of Maryland School of Law in 1956.

He was a law clerk and bailiff to Baltimore Supreme Bench Judge S. Ralph Warnken from 1954 to 1956 and served as an assistant city solicitor for Baltimore from 1965 to 1967.

Mr. Dressel's sons - Del Jr., John and Mark - played for the Johns Hopkins University lacrosse team.

"One of his proudest moments was watching his two oldest sons run on the same midfield units for the championship team in 1985," said his son Del.

Mr. Dressel was a member of the Baltimore County, Maryland and American Bar Associations. He also was elected a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home.

He is survived by his three sons, Del Dressel Jr. of Towson, John Dressel of Stewartstown, Pa., and Mark Dressel of Philadelphia; a sister, Glenna M. Tarun of Baltimore; and four grandchildren. His former wife, Sondra O'Brien, lives in Ellicott City.

The family suggests contributions to the Maryland Historical Society or B&O Railroad Museum.

George William `Bill' Snell, 74, service company leader

George William "Bill" Snell, a well-known figure in a business that finds creative ways to recognize people for their service, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 74.

Mr. Snell was considered an innovative leader in a field that finds ways to officially notice people's contributions to colleges, hospitals and other nonprofit institutions, such as with walls bearing the names of donors.

In 1998, along with his second wife, the former Sally Van Sant Souris of Towson, he founded the Recognition Consultants Group in Hunt Valley.

For more than a quarter of a century, before moving to Maryland from Atlanta in 1998, he represented donor and service recognition companies in the southeast.

Family members described him as a "people person" who loved to mix with friends at work or at his homes in Hunt Valley and Rehoboth Beach, Del. He enjoyed listening to jazz and dancing.

Mr. Snell served in the Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946, taking part in the invasion of Okinawa.

Born in Portsmouth, Va., he was educated in local schools and at Gordon Military Academy in Barnesville, Ga. He attended William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., and graduated from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., in 1951.

While at Miami, he married his first wife, Mary Lee Boykin, who died in 1997.

A private memorial service is planned.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his mother, Louise Smirtic of Atlanta; six daughters, Maggi Souris of Towson, Molli Lapinski of Towson, Millicent Souris of Portland, Ore., Deborah Logan of Acworth, Ga., Robin Kronawitter of Mooresville, N.C., and Tracy Marsh of Dallas, Ga.; and three grandchildren.

Zulma S. Grey, 91, author, editor at Reader's Digest

Zulma Steele Grey, an author and former editor at Reader's Digest magazine, died in her sleep Friday at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm. She was 91.

A native New Yorker, Mrs. Grey was the daughter of artist and illustrator Frederic Dorr Steele, best known for illustrating the Sherlock Holmes books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

She was the author of "Angel in Top Hat," a biography of Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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