John T. Goembel, 76, city recreation supervisor

May 17, 2002

John T. Goembel, 76, city recreation supervisor

John T. Goembel, former supervisor of the city Department of Recreation and Parks' arts and crafts program and an accomplished weaver, died Tuesday of Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Richlandtown, Pa. The former Bolton Hill resident was 76.

Mr. Goembel, who lived in a rowhouse on John Street until moving to Riegelsville, Pa., about 10 years ago, headed the recreation program from the late 1950s until he retired in 1986.

He was born in Creston, Ohio, and moved to Dundalk in 1941, when his father went to work for Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

After graduating from Dundalk High School in 1944, he enlisted in the Army and, as a machine gunner, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, during which he was awarded a Bronze Star.

Discharged in 1945, he attended Maryland Institute College of Art on the GI Bill, earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1955. He began his career as an art instructor, working with the physically disabled, then joined the city department.

Mr. Goembel taught weaving and pottery at the Patterson Park and Mount Royal recreation centers. He was also an accomplished metalworker and woodworker.

He was an active member of the Maryland Arts Council, and his work was exhibited at the annual Maryland Artists Exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

No funeral was planned.

Mr. Goembel is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Mary Lou Ponder; two sons, Philip Goembel of Milwaukee and Luke Goembel of Towson; a daughter, Ponder Goembel of Riegelsville; a sister, Janet Goembel of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

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