Kenneth Aleshire, 71, insurance agent, veteran Kenneth...

October 14, 2001

Kenneth Aleshire, 71, insurance agent, veteran

Kenneth Aleshire, a retired insurance agent, died Monday of prostate cancer at his home in Charleston, S.C. He was 71.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Aleshire graduated from Catonsville High School and served in the Navy from 1948 to 1952 as a quartermaster signalman.

Mr. Aleshire returned to Baltimore and joined Penn National Insurance Co., where he worked as an agent for more than 30 years. He retired to Charleston in 1999.

Mr. Aleshire was married for 33 years to Zita Misevicius. They divorced in 1993. About 18 months ago, he married Lydia Howe.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6004 Waterloo Road, Columbia.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Aleshire is survived by a brother, Bruce Aleshire of Ellicott City; two daughters, Monica Lynn Negm and Jennifer Ann Elrod, both of Columbia; two stepsons, Benjamin West of Kentucky and Douglas Brian West of Summerville, S.C.; two stepdaughters, Barbara Mullen Hart and Laura Jane Hayes, both of Kentucky; and seven grandchildren.

John H. Winter Jr., 78, engineer for BGE

John H. Winter Jr., a retired engineer at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died Thursday of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The World War II veteran was 78.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Winter graduated from Polytechnic Institute and entered the engineering school at University of Maryland, College Park.

His engineering education was interrupted by World War II. Mr. Winter joined the Army Air Forces in 1943 and earned his pilot wings.

Mr. Winter was sent to Italy in 1944 as a B-17 pilot, flying 52 combat missions. He earned several medals, including the Air Medal with two oak-leaf clusters.

Mr. Winter returned to Baltimore and completed his industrial engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

He joined BGE and began a 40-year career. His posts included designing electrical power distribution centers and overseeing the methods, training and safety department. Mr. Winter was a registered professional engineer and member of Sigma Chi fraternity, American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Engineering Society of Baltimore.

A resident of Riderwood and Ruxton for almost 40 years, Mr. Winter had been living at Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. His wife of 49 years, Pollyanna Hathaway, died in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

Mr. Winter is survived by a stepson, William H. May of Orange County, Calif.; a sister, Mary A. Spencer of Millville, Del.; a brother, William T. Winter Sr. of West Caldwell, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

Louise Millhauser, 88, Arundel patron of the arts

Louise Millhauser, who used her family's department store to help develop arts in Anne Arundel County, died Friday of a heart attack in her Pikesville home. The Baltimore native was 88.

Raised in the Esplanade Apartments near Druid Hill Park, Louise Eiseman graduated from Park School in 1930 and earned a degree in history and economics from Goucher College in 1934.

In 1936, she married Irving E. Robinson, and in her first few years of marriage was active in nonprofit groups, including the American Red Cross, the Community Fund, the Baltimore Guild, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and Associated Jewish Charities.

Mr. Robinson then started Robinson's Department Store, and she joined him as the store's vice president, buying merchandise and promoting the store. The store was in Glen Burnie "back when there was nothing in Glen Burnie, and Ritchie Highway only had two stoplights," said their son, Allen Robinson.

Seeking to showcase the arts in Anne Arundel, she began the Five County Arts Show in the store's windows -- an opportunity for local artists to display their work in a judged contest each January. She won a citizenship award from the National Retail Merchants Association for her idea, and later helped start the Anne Arundel Concert Association.

After her husband's death in 1970, her son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Betsy Robinson of Pikesville, continued the store.

For almost 30 years, Mrs. Millhauser lived in the same apartment building on Slade Avenue in Pikesville. She married Herbert B. Millhauser in 1971. He died eight years later.

Mrs. Millhauser remained active at both schools that she attended, and a science alumni scholarship program is named for her at Park School. She also loved to travel, taking 10 cruises with her daughter-in-law.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, with interment to follow at Har Sinai Congregation Cemetery on Garrison Forest Road.

Mrs. Millhauser is also survived by a stepson, Robert L. Millhauser of Owings Mills; and seven grandchildren.

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