Bernard C. Ruck Sr., 68, funeral homes president...

November 01, 2001

Bernard C. Ruck Sr., 68, funeral homes president

Bernard C. Ruck Sr., former president of Ruck Funeral Homes Inc., died Oct. 25 of cancer at his home in Tavernier, Fla. He was 68.

A longtime Annapolis resident who moved to the Florida Keys in 1995, Mr. Ruck served as president of Ruck Funeral Homes from 1970 until retiring in 1995.

Mr. Ruck was born and raised in Hamilton, the son of Leonard J. Ruck, who in 1924 established the funeral home on Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore that bears his name.

He was a 1951 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Southwest Baltimore and served in the Navy aboard the USS Olympus, a communications vessel. He was discharged in 1955.

Mr. Ruck began working as a funeral director with his father after graduating from the American Academy of Funeral Services in New York City.

In 1987, he received the humanitarian award from the Harford Center for Senior Citizens. He was active in the Grant-A-Wish Foundation and enjoyed boating, fishing and gardening.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, the former Susan Booth; a son, Bernard C. Ruck Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Lorraine L. Renner of Middletown, Conn., and Lena M. Ruck of Baltimore; a granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and a stepson, Bradford H. Booth of College Park.

William A. Boykin III, 84, career military officer

William A. Boykin III, a career military officer and former owner of Twinkles, a jewelry manufacturing company, died Sunday of heart failure at his Brooklandville home. He was 84.

Born and raised in Ruxton, Mr. Boykin graduated from the McDonogh School and enlisted in the Maryland National Guard in 1936.

During World War II, he was a captain in charge of B Battery of the 110th Field Artillery - a part of the 29th Division - and landed at Normandy on June 7, 1944. He was wounded two days later, but after recuperating returned to combat and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. His decorations included the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

He remained with the National Guard until his discharge in 1966, holding the rank of colonel.

In the late 1950s, Mr. Boykin established his costume jewelry business in his home, which manufactured and sold earrings, cufflinks, tie clasps and pins. He retired in 1978.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and built and raced a Star Class sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay.

Mr. Boykin was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues in Ruxton, where a memorial service was held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Nancy J. Bickelhaupt; two sons, William A. Boykin IV of Lutherville and Patrick A. Boykin of Richmond, Va.; three daughters, Rebecca Ottey of Thurmont, Nina Tracey of Stevenson and Clare Boykin of Cockeysville; and eight grandchildren.

Olga Kessel, 74, teacher, curator, copy editor

Olga Kessel, a former teacher of English as a second language, died Saturday of breast cancer at a hospital in Plymouth, England. She was 74 and lived in Bolton Hill and Mount Washington from 1965 to 1985.

She taught English as a second language at the Jewish Vocational Service during her years in Baltimore. She also worked in the curatorial department at the Walters Art Gallery and Maryland Historical Society. She was a manuscript copy editor for the Johns Hopkins Press, where she also worked on book jacket design in the 1970s.

Most recently she had been a costume curator for the Cookworthy Museum, in the county of Devon, England.

Born Olga Krauss in New Brunswick, N.J., she earned a degree in art history from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a master's degree in education from Loyola College.

A memorial service is planned for Dec. 16.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Dr. Ross Kessel of Malborough, England; two daughters, Susan Kessel of Baltimore and Hilary K. Love of Philadelphia; and two granddaughters.

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