William John Gerbes Jr., 54, city police officer...

May 21, 2001

William John Gerbes Jr., 54, city police officer

William John Gerbes Jr., a retired Baltimore police officer who spent most of his career patrolling Reservoir Hill, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Ocean City. He was 54.

Mr. Gerbes was reared in Northeast Baltimore, where he attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School. After graduating from Calvert Hall, he joined the Marine Corps in 1967 and spent four years as an air traffic controller in California and Japan.

After receiving his discharge in 1971, he attended University of Baltimore before joining the Police Department. Assigned to the Central District, Mr. Gerbes spent the next 29 years there.

He was found to have cancer in 1998, and he retired last year.

He was active in St. Luke's Catholic Church in Ocean City and belonged to the Baltimore Retired Police Benevolent Association, the American Legion and the 3Fs Society of Ocean City.

Services for Mr. Gerbes will be held at 11 a.m. today at Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road. Interment will follow in Moreland Memorial Park Cemetery on Taylor Avenue.

Mr. Gerbes is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mary Lou Riggio Gerbes; a stepdaughter, Lisa Price of Baltimore; a stepson, Frank Riggio Jr. of Ona, W.Va.; a brother, James Richard Gerbes of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Lynne Loomis Norton, 64, practiced tax, family law

Lynne Loomis Norton, a lawyer with a private practice in tax and family matters, died Wednesday of complications from dementia at Howard County General Hospital. The Marriottsville resident was 64.

A 1982 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, she practiced law from home until illness caused her to retire in 1994.

She was a 1955 graduate of Worthington High School in suburban Columbus, Ohio, and a 1960 graduate of Ohio State University. She worked for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, and later as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Energy in Baltimore.

She enjoyed horseback riding, camping, bird-watching and gardening.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

She was a daughter of Anita F. and the late John D. Loomis of Worthington, Ohio.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 40 years, Robert S. Norton of Marriottsville; a son, Bruce Norton of Laurel; and two sisters, Frederica Spurgeon and Jeanne Taynor, both of suburban Columbus, Ohio.

Sanford N. Pressman, 68, volunteer, restaurateur

Sanford Neil Pressman, a Jewish Family Services volunteer and former restaurateur, died Sunday of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 68.

As a volunteer for the "Mitzvah Mobility" program since 1993, he drove Jewish Family Services clients to and from medical appointments nearly every weekday, through February, when he became ill.

A stroke in 1988 left him with limited speech and little use of his right arm and leg. Intensive therapy enabled him to resume living independently, and he drove a specially adapted car.

Carol Sandler, volunteer coordinator for Jewish Family Services, said Mr. Pressman's determination was inspirational to many of the agency's clients who were frail or disabled.

"He was cheerful, very tenacious. The clients all enjoyed meeting him and were impressed by his good manners, his dignity and his eagerness to assist them," she said. "He was such a help to JFS clients."

He received a Channel 13 "Gold 13" award for volunteer work in 1995.

From 1980 to 1987, he owned and operated Jean Claude's restaurant in Harborplace. He also operated Baron's restaurant in Hunt Valley from 1987 to 1988.

He enjoyed duck hunting and watching movies, football and basketball.

"His most favorite thing in the world was to dance," said his daughter, Laura Pressman McNamara of Glen Rock, N.J. "He danced despite his stroke, he danced at my wedding."

Born in 1932 in Fairfield, Mr. Pressman was the youngest of 11 children of Mary and Hyman Pressman, who owned a grocery store in Fairfield. He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1950 and attended the University of Maryland.

He served in the Coast Guard from age 20 to 22 and was honorably discharged. He served in Cape May, N.J., and Norfolk, Va., and on weather ships.

A marriage in 1955 to Bluma Freedman ended in divorce.

From 1964 to 1980, he and a brother, Sol Pressman, operated the Meat Center in Catonsville. Before that, he was part of Pressman Brothers, a family grocery business in several locations around Baltimore.

Services will be at noon today at Beth El Memorial Park in Randallstown.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a sister, Katie Hackerman of Baltimore; two brothers, Coleman Pressman of Baltimore and Stanley Pressman of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and a grandson.

Helen E. Hoenes, 91, gardener, seamstress

Helen Elizabeth Hoenes, an expert gardener and seamstress from West Baltimore who volunteered her time to make clothes for migrant workers, died Thursday of a heart attack at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 91.

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