Kenneth D. Burr Sr., 53, tractor-trailer mechanic...

January 29, 2002

Kenneth D. Burr Sr., 53, tractor-trailer mechanic

Kenneth D. Burr Sr., a tractor-trailer mechanic, died Jan. 22 of undetermined causes at Genesis Eldercare Heritage Center in Dundalk. He was 53 and lived in Dundalk.

He was an employee of Transport International Pool, an Aberdeen tractor-trailer repair business, and had worked before that at Oakleigh Trailer Repair in Morrell Park.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Pigtown and Brooklyn, he attended Southern High School.

He served in the Army for nine years and was awarded two Purple Hearts for wounds he received while fighting in Vietnam. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts in Morrell Park.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia A. Curry. A previous marriage to Bonnie McLaughlin ended in divorce.

Also surviving are four sons, Kenneth D. Burr Jr. of Brooklyn, Wilbur B. Burr of Dundalk, Kenneth Lee Burr of Edgemere and Charles Daniel Burr of Dundalk; a daughter, Sherry Lee Burr Souders of Lansdowne; four brothers, Michael Burr of Milwaukee, Roger Burr of Morrell Park, David Burr of Pasadena and Donald Burr of California; four sisters, Ellen B. Hatfield and Robin Carroll, both of Morrell Park, Liddy Gibbs of Knoxville, Tenn., and Susan Burr of Florida; and seven grandchildren.

Woodrow H. Ward, 87, head of contracting firm

Woodrow Hartford Ward, who headed W.H. Ward Contractors Inc. until his retirement in 1980, died of heart failure Jan. 22 at his home in Queenstown. He was 87.

Born and raised in North Carolina, where he graduated from high school, Mr. Ward operated his general contracting company for nearly 30 years, building many schools in Baltimore, Harford, Charles and Anne Arundel counties. Among his projects were Anne Arundel's school system headquarters on Riva Road, Northeast High School in Pasadena and the Physical Development Center at what is now the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

A former Annapolis resident, Mr. Ward had lived in Queenstown since 1981. He was active for many years with Junior Achievement, was a member of the Optimist Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.

Services were held Saturday.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Ellen Miller; a son, Edward Michael Ward of Queenstown; three daughters, Linda Kim Stritehoff, Lisa Denise Tarantino and Sharon Anne Stritehoff, all of Annapolis; a brother, Alonzo David Ward of Towson; three sisters, Marie Sweum and Aline Carter, both of Whiteville, N.C., and Jewel Barefoot of Wilmington, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

Richard S. Merriam, 81, state employee

Richard S. Merriam, a retired state health department employee, died of complications from cancer Wednesday at his Towson home. He was 81.

He retired in 1984 from the Medicaid section of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Earlier, he had been president of Colson-Merriam Inc., a family-owned materials handling and hospital equipment business on Aisquith Street in Baltimore.

Born in Cleveland, Mr. Merriam was raised in Catonsville. He was a 1938 graduate of City College and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and a master's from George Washington University.

During World War II, he served in the Navy Supply Corps in the Pacific. He retired in 1970 as a commander in the Naval Reserve.

He sang bass in barbershop quartets and was a member of Chorus of the Chesapeake, a chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 2 at Maryland Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, where he was an elder.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Gloria Aguglia. He was married earlier to Alice Sue Beaman, who died in the 1970s.

He is also survived by two sons, Richard Paul Merriam of Riverside, Calif., and Christopher Andrew Merriam of College Park; a daughter, Karen Merriam Banuelos of Boulder Creek, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Sister Mary Jonata, 92, ran college switchboard

Sister Mary Jonata, who ran the telephone switchboard at the College of Notre Dame, died of heart failure Jan. 22 at the Maria Health Care Center at Villa Assumpta, mother house of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, in Woodbrook. She was 92.

Born Anna Eckes in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parochial School in Highlandtown and attended night school at Eastern High and City College.

She entered the School Sisters in 1941 and professed her vows in 1944, when she received the name Sister Mary Jonata. She worked in the sisters' refectory at Villa Maria, a former retirement home for the order, at Notch Cliff in Baltimore County, and ran the college switchboard from 1965 until her retirement in 1984.

She enjoyed sewing and made baby clothes for family members.

Services were held Friday.

She is survived by a brother, Thomas Eckes of Ellicott City; a sister, Josephine O'Connell of Palmyra, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.

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