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February 28, 2002

Annie Sue Lewis, 61, homemaker, churchwoman

Annie Sue Lewis, a homemaker who was active in Greater St. John Baptist Church in Turners Station, died Sunday of cancer at St. Agnes HealthCare. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 61.

Born Annie Sue Green in Blackstone, Va., she moved to Baltimore in the early 1950s and was a graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School.

In 1958, she married the Rev. Joseph E. Lewis, pastor of Greater St. John Baptist, who survives her.

During the 1960s, she worked as a nurse's aide at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore.

At her husband's church, Mrs. Lewis served until recently as president of the Deaconess Board. She was active in the church's Vacation Bible School and was an arts and crafts instructor.

"She also was a caregiver who took into her home not only family members but anyone who needed her help," said her daughter Bernadette A. Lewis-Langhorne of Durham, N.C.

Mrs. Lewis collected bells, salt and pepper shakers and pens, which she displayed throughout her home.

She enjoyed writing, in longhand, short stories and letters to family and friends. She also liked sewing, crocheting and making quilts for the needy, relatives said.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. today at Greater St. John Baptist Church, 209 Walnut Ave.

In addition to her husband and daughter, survivors include a son, Henry A. Lewis Sr. of Baltimore; another daughter, Jacqueline A. Lewis-Hughes of Durham; two sisters, Catherine Green of Baltimore and Audrey Matthews of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Joan M. Berkheimer, 66, bank teller

Joan Margaret Berkheimer, a lifelong Highlandtown resident and retired bank teller, died of heart disease Tuesday at the home of a son. She was 66.

She worked for 27 years at the old Equitable Trust Co., which by the time of her retirement in 1997 had become part of Bank of America. She was assigned to its branch in Fells Point.

"She was famous for her ability to process hundreds of transactions, operate two stations simultaneously and balance to the penny," said son Michael Berkheimer of Baltimore.

She was fond of restaurants throughout Canton and Highlandtown and summers at her Ocean City townhouse.

"She was real Baltimore through and through," he said.

Joan M. Fischer graduated from St. Michael's School of Business and began working in banking. She was married for 31 years to Herbert G. Berkheimer, a lieutenant in the Baltimore City Fire Department who died in 1985.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Highlandtown, where she had been a parishioner all her life.

Survivors also include another son, Robert G. Berkheimer of Baltimore; a brother, Gerard Fischer of Boca Raton, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Johnnie Mae Moore, 49, dental technician

Johnnie Mae Moore, who studied at night school to become a dental technician, died of cancer Tuesday at Sinai Hospital. The Baltimore resident was 49.

Ms. Moore, who spent her girlhood in Walnut Cove, N.C., and graduated from high school there, moved to Baltimore about 30 years ago and worked in the business department of The Afro-American newspaper.

When she decided to change careers, she put herself through night school and became a dental technician.

"She said she loved beautiful ... teeth and wanted to help people," said her sister, Floria Phifer of Baltimore. "It took her about five years of night school."

Until illness forced her to retire, Ms. Moore had worked for 12 years in the dental department at Mercy Medical Center.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Bibleway Baptist Church, 2423 E. Biddle St., where she was a longtime member.

In addition to her sister, survivors include a son, Antonio Moore, and two brothers, Myles Moore and James Alfonzo Moore, all of Baltimore.

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