J. Harry Arnett, 78, supervisor at state agency J...

November 11, 2001

J. Harry Arnett, 78, supervisor at state agency

J. Harry Arnett, a retired data processing supervisor for the Maryland Department of Employment Security, died Tuesday of Alzheimer's disease at Manor Care in Lancaster, Pa. He was 78.

Mr. Arnett worked for the state agency for 38 years and retired in 1983. He lived in Bel Air and Northeast Baltimore before moving to Pennsylvania in 1997.

Mr. Arnett was born in Baltimore and spent his early years on Guilford Avenue. He lived briefly in Lancaster County during the early 1930s before returning to Baltimore, where he attended City College.

Because he had polio as a youth, Mr. Arnett was ineligible for military service during World War II. He worked during the war at Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River and volunteered with Port Security, which protected the Baltimore harbor.

He had been a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Bel Air and Third English Lutheran Church in Baltimore, where he sang with the choir.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association and the Highland Society of Harford County. He enjoyed traveling and listening to big-band music.

No funeral is planned.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Lillie V. Ashe.

Eric J. `Sven' Sokolowski, 44, artist, photographer

Eric J. "Sven" Sokolowski, an artist and photographer, died Wednesday of acute respiratory distress syndrome at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 44 and lived in Severna Park.

Born in Perth Amboy, N.J., and raised in Piscataway, N.J., he was a 1975 graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen, N.J., and attended college briefly in Vermont before enlisting in the Marine Corps, in which he served for four years.

Mr. Sokolowski lived for the last 15 years in the Annapolis area and had worked about 10 years in the computer-training field for several local companies. He then enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College, studying art while being a stay-at-home father for his daughter. He planned to teach high school art.

Mr. Sokolowski also traveled to ski in such places as British Columbia and New Zealand. He enjoyed driving, racing and rebuilding cars, as well as making scale models of them.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Pegeen Townsend and their 9-year-old daughter, Mary Claire Sokolowski; his parents, John F. and Claire L. Sokolowski of Annapolis; a sister, Mary E. Sokolowski of Binghamton, N.Y.; and two brothers, John F. Sokolowski of Monmouth Beach, N.J., and Philip A. Sokolowski of Annapolis.

Noting his courage in dealing with chronic pain from a recurring tumor on his spine, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Eric Sokolowski Scholarship Fund for Nursing, in care of the Maryland Hospital Association, 6820 Deerpath Road, Elkridge 21075-6234.

Ethel Marie Cockey, 84, Balto. County employee

Ethel Marie Cockey, a retired Baltimore County employee, died Tuesday at Boston Medical Center. She was 84 and lived since 1969 in South Dartmouth, Mass.

Nicknamed "Cootie," she was born in Cockeysville and lived in Towson before moving to South Dartmouth.

Mrs. Cockey worked for the county assessor's office for many years until her retirement in 1969, when she moved to Massachusetts. She had been a volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Mass.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson.

She is survived by a friend, Margaret P. Dias of South Dartmouth.

Herbert Foard Lee, 78, nursing home owner

Herbert Foard Lee, a retired nursing home owner, died Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium after a fall. He was 78 and lived in Phoenix, Baltimore County.

The former owner of the Long Green Nursing Home in Homeland, he sold the business to Meridian Health-care in 1974.

As a young man he co-owned and operated the Butler General Store on Falls Road in northern Baltimore County with his wife of 57 years, the former Eva Palmer, who survives him. At age 22, he was named Butler's postmaster.

In 1950, after selling the store, he became a sales representative for Papec Machinery Co., which manufactured farm equipment. He then operated an egg and produce route in Baltimore neighborhoods until purchasing the nursing home in 1963.

Born on his family's Sunnybrook Farm in Phoenix, he attended Towson High School.

A former member of the Hillendale Country Club, he was a charter member of the Jacksonville Optimist Club and sat on the board of the John Hanson Savings and Loan Association and Bank of Baltimore. He also belonged to the Mount Mariah masonic lodge and was a member of the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

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