Joseph M. Hobbs, 86, industrial arts teacher Joseph M...

October 22, 2001

Joseph M. Hobbs, 86, industrial arts teacher

Joseph M. Hobbs, a retired Baltimore County industrial arts teacher, died Wednesday of heart failure after a lengthy illness at Belen Rehabilitation and Care Center in Belen, N.M.

He was 86 and had lived in Belen since 1982.

Born and raised in Annapolis, Mr. Hobbs graduated from the now-closed Stanton High School in Annapolis and earned a teaching certificate in 1934 from Bowie State Teachers College.

In 1936, he married Virginia James, a teacher he met when they were students at Bowie.

He taught elementary school briefly in Anne Arundel County and worked as a cook at the Naval Academy before he enlisted in the Coast Guard, where he served during World War II on ships that convoyed goods to U.S. territories in the Pacific.

After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts education from what now is Cheyney University in Cheyney, Pa.

He taught high school industrial arts in Camden, N.J., until 1954, when he returned to Maryland and began teaching at the now-closed Banneker High School in Baltimore County. He transferred to Johnnycake High School in Woodlawn, from which he retired in 1975.

The couple moved to Belen after they visited the area to inspect property that Mrs. Hobbs had purchased as an investment.

Services were held Saturday in Belen.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Harriette Walder of West Covina, Calif.

Miriam Rosenblum Legum, 85, travel agent, pianist

Miriam Rosenblum Legum, a former travel agent and banquet hall manager, died Friday of cancer at Genesis Eldercare Network's Spa Creek Center in Annapolis. She was 85 and lived in Annapolis.

Mrs. Legum was born and raised in Baltimore, graduated from Forest Park High School in 1934 and studied music at the Peabody Institute.

She was a pianist who played for various groups at area nursing homes and other facilities.

She also worked as a banquet manager at the Annapolis Hilton in the late 1960s and worked as a travel agent for Knudsen Travel Agency in the 1970s.

Mrs. Legum was a member of Congregation Kneseth Israel Synagogue, Order of the Eastern Star and a lifetime member of Kneseth Israel Sisterhood, Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women and ARMDI, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Road in Annapolis.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Edward Legum of Annapolis; two sons, Jonas Legum of Annapolis and Michael Legum of North Miami Beach, Fla; one daughter, Bonnie Thistle of Annapolis; and three grandchildren.

Alice Ann Hall, 63, homemaker, gardener

Alice Ann Hall, a homemaker and active member of Severna Park United Methodist Church, died Thursday of cancer at her Millersville home. She was 63.

Known as Andy, Mrs. Hall worked as a Stephen Minister, a mentoring program, at Severna Park United Methodist Church. She also enjoyed decorating the church sanctuary for holidays and tending its gardens.

She was born and reared Alice Ann de Capiteau in Cleveland, where she graduated from high school. She earned her bachelor's degree from Christian College in Columbia, Mo., and did graduate work at Ohio State University.

In 1960, Mrs. Hall married Glenn R. Hall, retired owner of Yale Industrial Trucks of Maryland, who survives her.

She was an avid flower gardener and bird watcher.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Peter Hall and Riley Hall, both of Millersville; her mother, Madine de Capiteau of Annapolis; and a brother, Ted de Capiteau of Heathsville, Va.

Katherine S. Persohn, 86, homemaker, club member

Katherine S. Persohn, a homemaker and former Towson resident, died in her sleep Thursday at a hospice in Akron, Ohio. She was 86.

Mrs. Persohn, who moved to Akron in 1999, had been an active member of the Woman's Club of Towson and enjoyed playing bridge, gardening and making flower arrangements.

Born Katherine Sieber, she was reared in Parkville and was a Towson High School graduate. In 1933, she married Dr. Frank A. Persohn, a Towson optometrist, who died in 1970.

She had been a parishioner of Towson Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Persohn enjoyed displaying owl-themed collectibles in her home, family members said.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road in Rodgers Forge.

Mrs. Persohn is survived by two sons, Gordon Persohn of Lakeland, Fla., and Frank Persohn of Cockeysville; a daughter, Lynn P. Reed of Akron; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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