John Joseph Bopp, 81, owner of auto repair shop John...

November 30, 2001

John Joseph Bopp, 81, owner of auto repair shop

John Joseph Bopp, retired owner of a Southwest Baltimore auto repair shop, manager of a seniors softball team and an avid Civil War buff, died Sunday of multiple myeloma at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. He was 81.

For 30 years, until retiring in 1976, Mr. Bopp owned and operated John West Motor Co., a Wilkens Avenue auto repair business founded by an uncle.

The longtime Catonsville resident was born and raised in Federal Hill and was a 1938 graduate of Loyola High School. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and was a yeoman aboard a landing ship tank in the Pacific.

In 1982, after quadruple bypass surgery, Mr. Bopp joined the Catonsville Senior Center softball team. He pitched for several seasons and managed the team from 1991 to 1998.

Mr. Bopp enjoyed researching and visiting former Union and Confederate encampments in Maryland and Virginia, where he searched for relics with a metal detector.

"He found bullets, buckles, buttons and other items," said a daughter, Barbara Jackson of Perry Hall. "He had a room full of artifacts."

Mr. Bopp was a communicant of St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Woodlawn.

Services were held Wednesday.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Mary Amelia Schreiber; two other daughters, Mary Joe Cress of Dunloggin and Diana Mitchell of Columbia; and three grandchildren.

Herbert W. Bowen, 101, veteran of World War I

Herbert W. Bowen, a Marine Corps veteran of World War I who was decorated with the Chevalier Cross of the Legion of Honor by the French government two years ago, died Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Southwest Baltimore from complications of a broken hip. He was 101.

Born and raised in Hampden, he resided in Mount Washington for more than 70 years.

Mr. Bowen attended Baltimore public schools until leaving in the eighth grade.

He lied about his age to join the Marines in 1917. A marksman, he was a private with Company A of the 13th Marine Regiment in the Brest and Bordeaux areas from September 1918 to August 1919.

In ceremonies in 1999 at the French Embassy in Washington, Mr. Bowen received his award from French President Jacques Chirac, part of a distribution of the medal at the 80th anniversary of the armistice to 600 surviving veterans who had served in France.

During the early 1920s, Mr. Bowen was a streetcar conductor for United Railways and Electric Co. He joined the post office in 1927. He was a clerk at the main post office, then on Calvert Street, until retiring in 1961. He subsequently worked for 10 years in the postal section of Blue Shield of Maryland.

Mr. Bowen was a former president of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. At 90, he became a Mason and was an active member of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville.

In 1920, he married Lillian Taylor, who died in 1933. In 1940, he married Augusta Kronemeyer, who died in 1986.

"He drove his car until this year, didn't smoke and was a moderate drinker, enjoying a glass of wine now and then," said his daughter, Margaret Wilhelm of Arbutus. "He led an active life and kept mentally fit. He read newspapers and kept up with world events."

Services were held yesterday.

Mr. Bowen also is survived by a sister, Naomi Beach of Hampden; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Frank T. Reiter, 87, track group accountant

Frank T. Reiter, a retired accountant, died of renal failure Nov. 23 at Maplewood Assisted Living Center in Ellicott City, his home since 1998. He was 87.

Mr. Reiter, who lived for many years at Woodley Manor, a historic home on St. John's Lane in Ellicott City, retired 30 years ago as an accountant for the Maryland Race Track Association.

In the 1950s, he was an owner of Dickeyville Nursery School, and in the 1940s, he had an interest in the Jefferson Hotel on the Ocean City boardwalk.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Belvieu Avenue, Mr. Reiter was a graduate of All Saints Parochial School and Calvert Hall College High School, where he was a member of the Class of 1932.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Anne Padgett; two sons, F. Thomas Reiter of Melbourne, Fla., and John S. Reiter of Thurmont; two daughters, Joanne R. Groom of Dagsboro, Del., and Christine R. Covington of Bel Air; a brother, James Reiter of Cambridge; two sisters, Lillian Muth of Ellicott City and Peggy Sellers of Pasadena; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held Tuesday.

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