Harald S. Kingsland Sr., 73, lumber salesman Harald S...

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September 14, 2001

Harald S. Kingsland Sr., 73, lumber salesman

Harald S. Kingsland Sr., a retired lumber salesman and a founder of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Woodlawn, died Wednesday of heart failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Catonsville resident was 73.

Until retiring in 1990, Mr. Kingsland worked for more than 40 years as a lumber salesman for F. Bowie Smith & Son. The East Baltimore company supplied lumber to contractors and commercial builders.

He was a founder of Christ the King Episcopal, where he was a member of the vestry, senior warden and usher.

Mr. Kingsland, a 42-year resident of Catonsville, was born and raised in Fairmont, W.Va., and graduated from Governor Dummer Academy, a private boys school in Byfield, Mass. He attended West Virginia University.

He served in the infantry during the Korean War and was discharged from the Army in 1952 as a corporal.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Kingsland enjoyed deer, goose and duck hunting. He also enjoyed archery and woodworking.

He was married in 1953 to Margaret "Pat" Paul, who survives him.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 1930 Brookdale Road.

Mr. Kingsland also is survived by three sons, Harald S. Kingsland Jr. and William P. Kingsland, both of Catonsville, and John P. Kingsland of Ellicott City; a daughter, Mary Leita Kingsland of Salt Lake City; a brother, Richard Kingsland of Anaheim, Calif.; a sister, Elizabeth Smith of Easton; and seven grandchildren.

Carmela G. Kromm, 80, SSA systems analyst

Carmela G. Kromm, a retired Social Security Administration systems analyst, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del. The former Towson resident was 80.

Mrs. Kromm retired in 1982 from Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn, where she had worked as a systems analyst for 17 years.

She was a systems analyst for the Aberdeen Proving Ground from 1940 to 1950, then she went to work for Bendix Radio in Towson in a similar capacity. She joined the Social Security Administration in 1965.

Mrs. Kromm, who had lived in Rodgers Forge for many years, was living at the Hampton Plaza Apartments in Towson until she moved to Wilmington this year.

Born Carmela Mancini, she was the daughter of Italian immigrants and was raised in Little Italy.

She attended city public schools until ninth grade, when she left during the Great Depression to help support her family. She later earned her GED.

She was married in 1945 to Franklin B. Kromm Sr., a Baltimore police officer, who died in 1981.

Her son, Franklin B. Kromm Jr. of Wilmington, described her as a lifelong Democrat and a "political junkie," who was a volunteer election judge. She also was an avid reader.

She was a member of the National Organization of Women and the Sons of Italy.

She had been a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Services were held Wednesday in Wilmington.

She is survived by her son and two step-grandchildren.

Ida M. McKee, 86, registered nurse

Ida M. McKee, a retired registered nurse, died Wednesday of complications of stroke-related dementia at a nursing home in Shrewsbury, Pa. She was 86 and had lived in Sparks.

Until she retired 18 years ago, Mrs. McKee was a Baltimore County public schools nurse at Sparks Elementary. She was also relief nurse at the Black & Decker plant in Hampstead.

She was credited with saving a life by administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation at a church dinner at Bosley United Methodist Church in Sparks, where she was a member for many years.

"She was always on call - she delivered babies and gave diabetics their shots," said her daughter, Nancy Lafferty of Hebbville.

Born in Sparks, the former Ida Marie Pearce was a 1937 graduate of Maryland General Hospital's School of Nursing and worked many years ago at the old Baltimore City Hospitals.

She raised flowers and vegetables, which she canned, and also enjoyed doing embroidery.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Bosley United Methodist Church on Thornton Mill Road in Sparks.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her husband of 63 years, Hunter McKee; a son, David McKee of Sparks; two sisters, Rebecca Hildenbrand of Littleton, Colo., and Margaret Herrmann of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Wardell B. Pomeroy, 87, the colleague and biographer who helped Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey study Americans' sexual habits half a century ago and later provided historical insight about the founder of the Kinsey Institute of Sex Research, died of complications of Parkinson's disease Sept. 6 in Bloomington, Ind., home of the Kinsey Institute and Indiana University, which spawned it.

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