Sally M. Cochrane, 74, manufactured handbag Sally M...

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October 16, 2001

Sally M. Cochrane, 74, manufactured handbag

Sally M. Cochrane, creator and manufacturer of the Bee Hive handbag who later co-owned a Riderwood dress shop, died Oct. 9 of cancer at her home at Elkridge Estates in North Baltimore. She was 74.

From the 1960s until the 1980s, Mrs. Cochrane manufactured the novel handbag at Bee Hive Ltd. of Roland Park on Lawndale Avenue. The popular handbag had a mahogany handle and a changeable, button-on cotton cover to match outfits.

In the early 1990s, Mrs. Cochrane and her daughter established Dressy Affair, a women's dress shop, in Riderwood. The store closed in 1995.

The longtime Poplar Hill resident, who moved to Elkridge Estates in 1986, was born Sally Morgan in Rockford, Ill. A daughter of a career Army officer and itinerant newspaperman, she was raised in several states and graduated from high school in Corvallis, Ore.

She earned her bachelor's degree from University of Maryland in 1948, and married John Hunter Cochrane Sr. in 1949. Mr. Cochrane, a mechanical engineer, died in 1978.

Mrs. Cochrane enjoyed playing bridge, tennis and bingo. She also was a member of the St. David's Church bowling team.

She was a communicant of St. David's, where a memorial service was held yesterday.

Survivors include two sons, John H. Cochrane Jr. of Baltimore and Paul B. Cochrane of Cockeysville; a daughter, Alexandra C. Rodman of Stoneleigh; a sister, Susan Miale of Westminster, S.C.; and three grandsons.

Paul S. Gilroy Sr., 85, machinist at Crown Cork

Paul Sighman Gilroy Sr., a machinist for 32 years at Crown Cork and Seal Corp., died Wednesday at his Joppatowne home of complications from emphysema. He was 85.

Born in Waynesboro, Pa., Mr. Gilroy moved to Maryland as a youth and attended schools in Smithsburg, Washington County. He was drafted into the Army in 1943 and saw combat as a sergeant in Europe.

After World War II, he held a variety of jobs until he went to work for Crown in 1947. He retired in 1979.

His wife of 59 years, Vallie Jane Keller, died in 1998.

Services were private.

He is survived by two daughters, Margaret Anna Gilroy of Boonsboro and Paula Crews, with whom he lived in Joppatowne; four sons, Paul S. Gilroy Jr. of Lutherville, Charles William Gilroy of Pensacola, Fla., John Richard Gilroy of Sabillasville and Michael David Gilroy of Waynesboro; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Another son, James Andrew Gilroy, died last year.

John H. Meager Jr., 65, car dealership manager

John Howard Meager Jr., a longtime automobile salesman and wholesale broker, died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Abingdon. He was 65.

Born and raised in Havre de Grace, Mr. Meager graduated from Havre de Grace High School and earned a degree in physical education from Washington College.

After a tour in the military, he entered the auto business, working for years as a salesman and general manager at area dealerships. About 15 years ago, he went into business as a wholesale broker of used cars, starting a company in Joppatowne called Meager Auto Brokers.

His marriage to Ann Carol Jenkins ended in divorce.

Mr. Meager belonged to the Lions Club of Havre de Grace, and used his business to help the Maryland School for the Blind by selling cars that were donated to the school.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Meager is survived by a son, Robert Meager of Oxnard, Calif., and his longtime companion, Mary Myers of Abingdon. Another son, Bradley Meager, died about 20 years ago.

Fredricka E. Stumpf, 98, registrar of voters

Fredricka E. Stumpf, a former Dundalk resident who had been registrar of voters in Baltimore County, died Oct. 9 of congestive heart failure at a convalescent hospital in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. She was 98.

Mrs. Stumpf, a resident of Ramona, Calif., since 1969, had been Baltimore County registrar of voters during the 1950s and 1960s. During World War II, she headed the food stamp rationing program in her neighborhood.

Born Fredricka E. Roese in Baltimore, she was a graduate of city public schools. An organist, she began playing musical accompaniment for silent movies in Baltimore theaters in 1915. She served for 40 years as minister of music at St. Peter's Lutheran Church before moving to Ramona.

She was married in 1923 to Henry C. Stumpf Sr., an architect who died in 1959.

Graveside services in Baltimore are private.

Mrs. Stumpf is survived by a son, Henry C. Stumpf Jr. of Baltimore; a sister, Ellen Furlong of Drummond, Mont.; four granddaughters; and nine great-grandchildren.

Loretta D. Talbott, 86, community volunteer

Loretta D. Talbott, an active volunteer for children's causes, died Thursday of complications from a stroke at Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson. She was 86.

Born in Jonestown, Pa., Loretta Marie Dolan moved with her family up and down the East Coast because her father was a manager with Bethlehem Steel Corp.

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