Bernice G. Siegel, 76, secretary at Rouse Co. Bernice...

October 03, 2001

Bernice G. Siegel, 76, secretary at Rouse Co.

Bernice G. Siegel, a retired Rouse Co. secretary and former Northwest Baltimore resident, died of cancer Friday at a nursing facility in Sarasota, Fla. She was 76.

Mrs. Siegel worked for nearly 20 years as secretary to the Rouse Co. director of finance before retiring in 1991 and moving to Sarasota.

Bernice Glass was born and raised in New Jersey, where she was a graduate of Camden High School.

She was married in 1944 to Milford Siegel. The couple settled in Baltimore and operated a children's clothing store in Towson for several years. Mr. Siegel, a manufacturers' representative, died in 1998.

She had been a member of Beth Israel Congregation in Baltimore, was a member of the Sarasota Chapter of the Brandeis University National Women's Committee and volunteered at the Spanish Point historic Calusa Indian site near Sarasota.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

Mrs. Siegel is survived by a daughter, Wendy Reidler of Harrisonburg, Va.; a brother, Herbert Glass of Owings Mills; two sisters, Estelle Schilane and Toby Hirschman, both of Sarasota; and a granddaughter.

William F. Lauer, 73, manager for CSX

William F. Lauer, a retired CSX railroad manager who enjoyed building Christmas gardens, died Saturday of heart failure at his Cockeysville home. He was 73.

A career railroader, Mr. Lauer began his career in 1949 with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad as a secretary working in the company's downtown headquarters at Baltimore and Charles streets.

He was promoted to the railroad's rate traffic department and was serving as its manager at the time of his retirement in 1987 from CSX, successor company to the B&O. He was an active member of RABO, a B&O retirees' association.

Mr. Lauer was a model railroad enthusiast and enjoyed setting up a Christmas garden that featured antique electric trains and other components. He also enjoyed fishing, crabbing and golfing at Baltimore Country Club, where during his retirement he worked for several years in the greens department.

Born in Lansdowne, he was raised in Halethorpe and graduated from Catonsville High School. He was also a graduate of Strayer's Business College and served in the Marine Corps from 1946 until 1948, when he was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

He was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville.

Services were held Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Regina Snodgrass; three sons, William T. Lauer of Cockeysville, Jeffrey T. Lauer of Little Rock, Ark., and Robert T. Lauer of Landrum, S.C.; two daughters, Regina Leigh Kohnle of Cockeysville and Teresa Ann Lauer of Riverside, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.

Elsewhere

Frank Gasparro, 92, former chief engraver for the U.S. Mint, died Saturday in Haverford, Pa. He taught at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial for 47 years.

In 1959, when he was a junior engraver, his design of the Lincoln Memorial was chosen from among 23 by Mint employees for the reverse side of a new Lincoln penny. The coin's issue marked the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth and the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln penny.

The statue of Lincoln can be seen in the design on the penny, and Mr. Gasparro's initials, "FG," appear on the right, near the shrubbery. The penny remains in circulation.

George Gately, 72, creator of the "Heathcliff" newspaper comic about the antics of a rotund cat, died Sunday of a heart attack at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., his brother John Gallagher said. Mr. Gately's real name was George Gately Gallagher.

Mr. Gately created his "Heathcliff" cartoon in 1973, predating "Garfield" by five years. It featured the stylish cat, who often wore a black leather jacket and sunglasses. The comic was later turned into an animated TV show.

John Gallagher said his brother had stopped drawing the cartoon character about three years ago. His nephew, Peter Gallagher, took over the job.

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