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March 19, 2002

Paul Myers, 78, manager for ice cream company

Paul R. Myers, a retired Borden Ice Cream Co. manager and salesman for Green's Dairy in York, Pa., died Thursday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- Lou Gehrig's disease -- at his daughter's home in Clear Spring. He was 78.

Born and raised in Westminster and a 1940 graduate of Westminster High School, Mr. Myers served with the Army in the Panama Canal Zone during World War II and attained the rank of staff sergeant.

He went to work delivering ice cream for Borden in 1946, and later became a salesman for the company in Carroll County. Promoted to district sales manager in Baltimore, he retired in the early 1980s. He then joined Green's Dairy as a salesman until retiring a second time in the late 1980s.

Mr. Myers was past commander and first lifetime member of Molleville Farm Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 467 in Westminster and a member of American Legion Carroll Post No. 031. He was also a longtime member of the Westminster Lions Club.

He was married to Margaret Brown, who died last month.

Mr. Myers enjoyed traveling and fishing.

He was a communicant of St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

Survivors include three sons, Allen C. Myers of Baltimore, Timothy R. Myers of Tulsa, Okla., and Michael G. Myers of Stuart, Fla.; a daughter, Paula M. Myers of Clear Spring; three brothers, Vernon C. Myers of Thurmont, Norman E. Myers of Westminster and Carroll D. Myers of Punta Gorda, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ida M. Whittington, 54, day care provider

Ida M. Whittington, a homemaker and former day care provider, died of cancer March 12 at her Edmondson Village home. She was 54.

Ida Mae Leach was born and raised in Rowland, N.C., where she graduated from high school. She moved to Baltimore in 1966 and married Issac Whittington, who survives her.

From 1982 until retiring in 1999, Mrs. Whittington provided day care in her home for family members and neighborhood children. She enjoyed cooking, and entertaining family and friends.

Mrs. Whittington was a member and vice president of the usher board at St. Stephen's Church of God-Apostolic in Baltimore. She was also a member of Greater Highway Church of God in Rowland, where services were held Saturday.

Other survivors include five daughters, Wanda Leach, Lisa Cooper, Michele Gross and Sherrie Whittington, all of Baltimore, and Terri Haynes of Fort Washington; her mother, Ida Belle Leach of Rowland; eight brothers, William T. Leach and Carl Benson McArthur, both of Washington, Willie B. Leach and Charles Leach, both of Baltimore, James Leach of Joppatowne, and Fred Leach, George Leach and Benjamin Leach, all of Rowland; two sisters, Patricia Gaddy of Rowland and Glenda Camara of Washington; and 15 grandchildren.

Theodore August Schmidt, 74, Md. Casualty official

Theodore August Schmidt, a retired Maryland Casualty Co. official, died of heart failure Saturday at Sinai Hospital. The Guilford resident was 74.

Born in New Orleans and raised in Pass Christian, La., Mr. Schmidt was a graduate of St. Stanislaus College, a Christian Brothers high school in Bay St. Louis, Miss.

He served in the Army during the occupation of Japan, and after his discharge earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and mathematics from Tulane University in 1951.

In the early 1950s, he began his career working with the Louisiana State Fire Rating Board and later joined Black, Rodgers & Co., a New Orleans insurance company that was taken over by Maryland Casualty in 1956. He joined its Baton Rouge office and held managerial positions in the New Orleans and Cleveland offices before moving to Baltimore in 1972. He retired in 1989 as vice president of underwriting.

Mr. Schmidt was an accomplished sailor, winning numerous awards.

He was a member of SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, the former Helen D'Artois; two daughters, Marianne S. McClelland of Rodgers Forge and Tracy S. Swindell of the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County; three brothers, G. Adolph Schmidt Jr. of Pasadena, Calif., and Norbert E. Schmidt and Michael J. Schmidt, both of New Orleans; three sisters, Mary M. McMillan, Regina Nugon and Anne Young, all of New Orleans; and six grandchildren.

Edmund C. Chase, 87, certified public accountant

Edmund C. Chase, a retired certified public accountant who loved to paint and hike, died March 12 at Good Samaritan Hospital of complications from an undiagnosed neurological disease. He was 87.

A native of East Baltimore, Mr. Chase spent the World War II years at Bethlehem Steel, where he worked as a timekeeper and volunteered as an air-raid warden.

After the war, he supported himself and his family by working as a bookkeeper while attending night classes at what is now University of Baltimore, eventually becoming a CPA.

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