Robert A. Schmeisser, 74, Naval Academy manager Robert...

January 05, 2002

Robert A. Schmeisser, 74, Naval Academy manager

Robert A. Schmeisser, maintenance manager at the Naval Academy for nearly 40 years, died Wednesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at his Glen Burnie home. He was 74.

For 38 years, until retiring in 1983, Mr. Schmeisser was maintenance manager for the physical plant of the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

From the late 1940s until 1953, when he went to work at the academy, he was an electrician at the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Canton, he graduated from Patterson High School. He served in the Navy from 1945 until being discharged in 1947.

Mr. Schmeisser enjoyed working out at Valley Spa, flower and vegetable gardening, crabbing and spending time at a second home in Ocean City.

He was a 43-year and charter member of Peace Lutheran Church, 416 Welham Ave., Glen Burnie, where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Mr. Schmeisser is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Dolores Downey; two daughters, Kathleen S. Goodman of Pasadena and Karen L. Cole of Glen Burnie; and a sister, Delores M. Schmeisser of Glen Burnie.

Charles Leslie Busch Sr., 72, social worker

Charles Leslie Busch Sr., a retired social worker who was active in veterans' organizations, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his home in Lewes, Del. He was 72.

Mr. Busch, who had lived in Lewes since 1995 after moving from Severna Park, had been a social worker for 20 years for the Maryland Department of Human Resources before retiring in 1991.

He had been the proprietor of an Esso filling station on U.S. 301 in Millersville from 1959 to 1971.

Mr. Busch, who was born and raised in Waverly, was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955 as a guided-missile specialist. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore in 1958.

He was an active member of American Legion Post No.175 in Severna Park, American Legion Post No. 28 in Orchard, Del., and Amvets Post No. 2 in Millsboro, Del.

Services were held yesterday.

Mr. Busch is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Jean E. Fields; two sons, Charles L. Busch Jr. of Severna Park and Brannan Busch of Chester; two daughters, Charlene McKenna of Marydel and Kathleen Busch of Arnold; two brothers, James Busch of Baltimore and Kenneth Busch of Virginia; two sisters, Geraldine Fickus of Virginia and Teresa Hokemyr of Delaware; and six grandsons.

Josephine F.C. Greene, 95, homemaker, churchwoman

Josephine Fitzgerald Carey Greene, a homemaker and active churchwoman, died Thursday in her sleep at her Ruxton home. She was 95.

She was born Josephine F. Carey in 1906 in Ruxton, and she spent her entire life at her home on Walnut Hill Lane.

She was a 1924 graduate of Bryn Mawr School and made her debut that year at the Bachelors Cotillon.

Her 1928 marriage to Tyson Ellicott Jr. ended in divorce. She was married in 1938 to Norman Greenebaum, a co-owner of Greenebaum Jewelry stores and a manufacturers' representative. The couple later changed their name to Greene, said family members.

During World War II, Mrs. Greene volunteered with the USO, and she was a member of the Junior League of Baltimore.

Mrs. Greene was an avid sea traveler and included among her many oceangoing adventures undergoing an appendectomy while a passenger on board the Gripsholm, a liner.

She was also an avid bridge player.

Mrs. Greene was a longtime communicant and member of the Altar Guild of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues in Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 19.

She is survived by five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Zoe Carey O'Connell, died in 1996.

Mary B. Waskins, 98, teacher and principal

Mary B. Waskins, a retired educator, died Wednesday of complications from an infection at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 98 and lived in Towson.

Before her retirement about 30 years ago, she had been a city public schools teacher and principal of Public School 71A at Old Frederick Road and McCurley Street.

Born Mary Breeding in Romancoke on Kent Island, she was a graduate of Stevensville High School and what is now Towson University, where she studied education. She also attended the Johns Hopkins University.

A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she enjoyed traveling and playing bridge.

In 1956, she married Charles Waskins, a property appraiser who died in 1985.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, Roland and Oakdale avenues, where she was a member.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.


Alfred Henry "Freddy" Heineken, 78, who helped make his beer one of the world's most popular brands, died Thursday in Noordwijk, Netherlands. The cause of death was not given.

Mr. Heineken's family will retain his controlling stake in the brewer, which trails only Anheuser Busch and Interbrew in size.

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