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September 16, 2001

Nola Cook, 109, worked at department stores

Nola Cook, a retired department store sales clerk, died Thursday of undetermined causes at her daughter's Brooklyn home. She was 109.

Born on Tilghman Island, the former Nola Lowery attended one-room schools. In 1906, she moved to the Lake Shore area of Pasadena, where she lived on a farm. Her father, William Lowery, built Chesapeake Bay skipjacks.

In 1909, she married Charles L. Cook, a farmer whose father, Jefferson Cook, owned what is now Gibson Island.

As his sons married, Jefferson Cook gave each child a piece of land and built a home for the couple. His children and their spouses were not allowed to see their house until it was completed.

On her wedding day, Mrs. Cook walked into her new, fully furnished home on what is now Mountain Road. She lived there until 1928 and then settled in Riviera Beach. Mr. Cook died in 1972.

In the 1930s, Mrs. Cook began commuting to Baltimore on Cook's Motor Coach Lines, a bus company her husband operated, to work as a lingerie sales associate at Hutzler's department store on North Howard Street. She later worked for the Hochschild Kohn store at Harundale Mall.

She made sketches, which she transferred to needlepoint panels and cross-stitch samplers. She also made rag dolls and toys for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Pasadena.

Services were held yesterday in Pasadena.

She is survived by two daughters, Sue Mixon of Arnold and Teaka Brown of Brooklyn; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Daniel Walker McNeal, 29, financial analyst

A funeral Mass for Daniel Walker McNeal, a financial analyst with Sandler O'Neill & Partners, who died in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium. He was 29.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Loyola High School, where he was 1990 class president. He also was a graduate of Boston College and Georgetown University.

The family will receive friends at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, today and tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A memorial fund has been established in his name at Loyola High School, Box 6819, Towson 21285.

Herbert Joseph Strohmer, 81, electronics technician

Herbert Joseph Strohmer, a retired electronics technician, died of a heart attack Thursday at St. Agnes Healthcare. He was 81 and lived in the Paradise section of Catonsville.

Mr. Strohmer retired about 20 years ago as a civilian radio repairer for the Baltimore Police Department. He had earlier worked at Larry's Radio & Television Service on Frederick Avenue.

Born in Baltimore and reared on Lauretta Avenue, he was a graduate of St. Edward's Parochial School and attended Polytechnic Institute.

During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Germany.

In 1941, he married Eleanor Dowling, who survives him.

Mr. Strohmer enjoyed playing the harmonica, carving decoys and operating his model railroad. A bicyclist, he was also a member of the Rexton Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Monastery Church, Old Frederick Road and Monastery Avenue, where he was a member.

He is also survived by a daughter, Carol Youngblood of Ellicott City; two sisters, Hildreth Lane of Catonsville and Mary Stevens of Reisterstown; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Viola Glasper Green, 91, homemaker, volunteer

Viola Glasper Green, a homemaker and church volunteer, died Thursday of a heart ailment at Maryland General Hospital. She was 91 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore and raised on McCulloh Street, the former Viola Glasper attended Frederick Douglass High School.

In 1942, she married Ossie Green, a clothing factory worker, who died in the 1950s.

She did needlepoint, wove scatter rugs, tailored women's clothing and made pocketbooks.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave., where she was a member, volunteer and committee member.

She is survived by a son, Lloyd J. Glasper of Baltimore; a daughter, Lauretta Glasper Reid of Pikesville; two stepdaughters, Catherine Green and Ruth Barnhill, both of Murfreesboro, N.C.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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