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March 30, 2002

Irma I. Carncross, 68 helped veterans

Irma Irene Carncross, a homemaker and member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, died of cancer Tuesday at her Bowie home. She was 68.

For many years, she volunteered with veterans and their spouses, widows and children at the Bowie post of the Disabled American Veterans. She was the recipient of numerous meritorious service awards for her work.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary in Saturday's editions of The Sun reported the death of Ralph D. Chester of Millers Island. Mr. Chester is not dead.
Mr. Chester was reported to have died by a family member, who called The Sun to provide material for the obituary. The Sun later determined that the family member who called has been estranged from Mr. Chester for several years.
The Sun regrets the error.

Born Irma Irene Decker in Catonsville, she attended Catonsville High School. Her husband of 20 years, Victor Carncross, died in 1999.

She is survived two sons, Edward H. Taylor of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Richard Wayne Bennett of Pasadena; four daughters, Deborah Marie Boryenace of Vienna, Ohio, Becky Lee Wiedmaier of Upper Marlboro, Kathy Ann Hall of Jefferson and Cindy Joan Bennett of Bowie; her mother, Erma McClure of Catonsville; four brothers, Edward Decker of Kent Narrows, Ronnie Decker of Arlington, Va., and Jim McClure and Glenn McClure, both of Millersville; a sister, Bonnie Russo of Annapolis; nine grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Road in Bowie.

George Francis Vaeth, 86, postal service manager

George Francis Vaeth, a retired postal manager formerly active in civic, sports and religious circles, died Wednesday of complications of cancer at his Towson home. He was 86 and lived on Pentridge Road in Northwood until two years ago.

In 1981, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service, where he was safety superintendent and manager of truck fleet operations at the Oliver Street garage in the Mount Royal section of Baltimore.

Known as "Buck," Mr. Vaeth was born in Baltimore and raised in Clifton Park. He was a 1934 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's High School in Irvington. He played on the school's varsity tennis, baseball and soccer teams and played in the band. He later attended Loyola College.

During World War II he served in the Army in England and France with the 197th General Hospital. He was discharged with the rank of major. He later served in the Army Reserve.

From the 1950s through the 1970s he was a coach and commissioner in the Northwood Baseball League. He had been a member of the Swan Lake Swim Club, the Northeast Community Organization and the Greater Baltimore Community Council. He also was a Baltimore City Fair volunteer.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., where he was a member and helped plan the parish's 25th anniversary celebration.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Mary Jane Clary; three sons, Gregory Vaeth of Horsham, Pa., Michael Vaeth of Hokkaido, Japan, and Jimmy Vaeth of Gray Manor; four daughters, Merey Barden of Catonsville, Sue Vaeth of Anneslie, Michelle Gorman of Stoneleigh and Bebe Ferro of Lutherville; and 13 grandchildren.

Arnold Brochin, 79, owned company

Arnold Brochin, a 40-year Pikesville resident who owned a company that represented manufacturers of linens, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 79.

Since 1985, he had been owner and president of Arnold Brochin & Associates, representing manufacturers of linens, sheets and towels.

Earlier, he had been president of Madeira Wine and Liquor Co. in Baltimore and, in the 1950s, a sales representative with Schenley Distilling Co.

Born and reared in New Haven, Conn., where he graduated from high school, Mr. Brochin attended Tulane University in New Orleans.

During World War II, he was a fuel tanker driver with the Army's 538th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged in 1945.

His 1959 marriage to Carol Ginsburg ended in divorce.

Mr. Brochin was an avid Colts fan and enjoyed gambling in Atlantic City.

Services for Mr. Brochin will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

He is survived by a son, James Brochin of Towson; a daughter, Hope Ann Brochin of Boston; a sister, Sylvia Koufman of Woodbridge, Conn.; and two grandchildren.

Ralph D. Chester, 75, steel company supervisor

Ralph D. Chester, a retired steel company supervisor and Korean War veteran, died Tuesday of heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 75.

The longtime Millers Island resident retired in 1992 from Armco Steel Co., where he had been a supervisor for many years. Earlier, he had worked as a taxi dispatcher.

Born in Belle Vernon, Pa., he moved to Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1945. He enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War and was discharged with the rank of chief petty officer.

In 1949, he married Verna Fulton, who died in 1987.

No services are planned.

Mr. Chester is survived by four sons, Bruce D. Chester of Highlandtown, Paul S. Chester of Linthicum, and Wayne D. Chester and Joseph P. Chester, both of Glen Burnie.

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