Henry Adolph Byrd, 100, school employee, gardener Henry...

January 15, 2002

Henry Adolph Byrd, 100, school employee, gardener

Henry Adolph Byrd, a retired Baltimore public schools locker room attendant and avid gardener, died Wednesday of a heart attack at Calvert County Hospital in Prince Frederick. He was 100 and lived in Lusby.

The former Northwest Baltimore resident, who became a centenarian last month, retired in 1970 after working at Douglass and Northwestern high schools.

Mr. Byrd was born and raised on Druid Hill Avenue, the third of 10 children. He attended city schools until leaving to help support his family. He worked as a gandy dancer laying track for the B&O Railroad, picked crops, delivered food by horse-drawn wagons, and later worked in storage and supply at Hutzler's department store downtown.

He enjoyed gardening and was especially fond of growing roses. He also liked drawing and sketching.

Mr. Byrd's secret to longevity was simple, said granddaughter Michele Harrison of Baltimore: "Going to bed early, eating three square meals a day, and taking a little whiskey once in a while."

He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, 718 W Lafayette Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Mr. Byrd was married in 1934 to the former Gladys V. Smith, who survives him.

Other survivors include a daughter, Monterey Byrd Harrison of Baltimore; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mary E. Weichseldorfer, 75, Air Force nurse

Mary Elizabeth Weichseldorfer, a retired Air Force nurse who served in Vietnam, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at her Hamilton home. She was 75.

Born on Collington Avenue, Miss Weichseldorfer moved to Hamilton as a teen-ager. After graduating from Catholic High School, she earned her nursing degree from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing.

Miss Weichseldorfer wanted to serve her country and enlisted in the Air Force in 1953, family members said. She worked at service hospitals in Japan and, from 1963 to 1966, Bitburg, Germany. She was assigned to an Air Force hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam, in the late 1960s -- "something she didn't talk about," said her sister-in-law, Carol Weichseldorfer of White Marsh.

Finishing her career at Air Force hospitals in Massachusetts, Dover, Del., and Andrews Air Force Base, she was discharged with the rank of major in 1973. Her decorations included the Bronze Star, Air Force Longevity Award with three oak-leaf clusters, Vietnam Combat Medal and Presidential Unit Citation.

Miss Weichseldorfer returned to Hamilton, where she cared for her parents until their deaths, and cared for other family members. She enjoyed reading and collecting spoons and Hummel figures, and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baynesville.

Services were held Saturday.

She is survived by a brother, William J. Weichseldorfer of White Marsh; a sister, Dolores Wright of Shrewsbury, Pa.; and many nephews and nieces.

William S. Winkler, 78, purchasing agent

William S. Winkler, a retired Kennecott Copper Co. purchasing agent and World War II pilot, died Wednesday of heart failure at Veterans Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 78.

A longtime Idlewylde resident, Mr. Winkler was hired by the company as a purchasing agent in 1960, and in 1974 was sent to Silver City, N.M., as purchasing agent for Kennecott's Santa Rita Mine. He retired in 1980.

Born and raised in Overlea, he was a 1942 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He joined the Air Force that year, and was assigned to the 15th Air Force in Europe. He completed 50 missions aboard B-17s and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant.

In 1944, he married Ellen P. Prenger, who died in 1976. He was married in 1977 to Peggy O'Rourk, who died last year.

He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Overlea and had been a founder and grand knight of Father O'Neill Council of the Knights of Columbus in Timonium.

Mr. Winkler enjoyed golf and gourmet cooking. In 1996, he won second place in the National Green Chili Cook-Off in Hatch, N.M.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Columbus Gardens, 4301 Klosterman Ave.

Survivors include six sons, Robert N. Winkler of Towson, William R. Winkler of Middle River, Mark T. Winkler of Tampa, Fla., Patrick H. Winkler of Dunn, N.C., Michael F. Winkler of Bel Air and Matthew J. Winkler of Rosamond, Calif.; two stepsons, Austin P. O'Rourk of Tyrone, N.M., and John O'Rourk of Tucson, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Peggy O'Rourk of New York City and Martha Rogers of Casa Grande, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Elsewhere

Frank Shuster, 85, a comedian who with his partner, Johnny Wayne, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show 67 times, died in Toronto on Sunday of pneumonia. Mr. Shuster was the sunnier, subtler and taller half of the team nicknamed "The Kings of Canadian Comedy." They performed together for more than 50 years. Mr. Wayne died in 1990.

Ted Demme, 38, a director who gained critical acclaim with the film Blow and directed the TV series Action as well as Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia" music video, died Sunday during a celebrity basketball game of an apparent heart attack.

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