Joseph L. Amprey, 87, unemployment official Joseph...

March 26, 2002

Joseph L. Amprey, 87, unemployment official

Joseph Leonard Amprey, a retired state unemployment official and father of a former Baltimore public schools superintendent, died Saturday of a respiratory ailment at Sinai Hospital. He was 87 and lived in the Evergreen section of West Baltimore.

He retired in 1977 as an appeals referee with the state's Unemployment Compensation Administration, where he worked for 30 years. He conducted appeal hearings on claim denials.

Born in Cussetta, Ala., he was raised in Fayette County, Pa., and was a 1939 graduate of Kentucky State College in Frankfort, Ky. Mr. Amprey played on its football teams from 1935 to 1937, when he was named Negro All-American halfback in the Midwestern Athletics Association Football Conference.

He served in the Army during World War II, and fought in Italy and France. He was wounded in combat and attained the rank of sergeant.

In 1941, while assigned to Fort Meade, Mr. Amprey met Marian Elizabeth Jackson, whom he married in 1942. She died in 1995.

Services will begin with a 10 a.m. wake tomorrow at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., where he had been a deacon.

Surviving are three sons, Walter G. Amprey of Finksburg, former city schools superintendent, Joseph L. Amprey Jr. of Reading, Pa., and Wendell O. Amprey of Tulsa, Okla.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Another son, Melvin Amprey, died in 1948.

Mary Elizabeth Soller, 68, homemaker, bowler

Mary Elizabeth Soller, a homemaker and avid tenpin bowler, died of cancer Thursday at her Carney home. She was 68.

Mary Elizabeth Smith was born and raised in Old Bridge, N.J., where she graduated from high school.

In 1952, she married Robert D. Soller Sr., a career Army master sergeant who was assigned in 1966 to the ROTC program at Loyola College. After his retirement in 1968, the couple decided to remain in Baltimore.

Mrs. Soller began duckpin bowling but later switched to tenpins. For 23 years, she was league secretary and treasurer of the Lively Set Mixed League at Fairlanes, now AMF, in Towson. She competed in tournaments across Maryland and carried a lifetime average of 175.

Mrs. Soller became a familiar figure at Manor Care Nursing Home in Towson, where she got to know other residents while making daily visits to a sister, Jean Fleck, who is a patient there.

"Mary would put smiles on the faces of other residents as well," said her husband of 49 years. "She would make or purchase crafts for the other residents as well as the employees for special holidays and birthdays."

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Evans Funeral Home, 8800 Harford Road in Parkville.

In addition to her husband and sister, Mrs. Soller's survivors include two sons, Robert D. Soller Jr. and Gary L. Soller, both of Bel Air; a brother, Edward Smith of Shamokin, Pa.; another sister, Alice Peifer of Treverton, Pa.; a niece, Diane Simpson of Harrisburg, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.

Marcella T. Brockmeyer, 75, school vice principal

Marcella T. "Boots" Brock- meyer, former vice principal of St. Ursula's parochial school, died Friday of pancreatic cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 75.

A longtime Parkville resident, she was born Marcella Thalheimer in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. She was a 1944 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School and attended the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

In 1949, she married Francis "Bud" Brockmeyer, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. electrician who died in 1997.

Mrs. Brockmeyer began teaching third grade at St. Ursula's in the early 1960s and retired as vice principal of the Parkville school in 1976. She was a communicant of St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the chapel at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

She is survived by two sons, Michael F. Brockmeyer of Bel Air and Joseph A. Brockmeyer of Parkville; a daughter, Mary K. Vaughan of Hampstead; and 10 grandchildren.

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