Joseph F. Hudert, 56, construction engineer

May 08, 2004

Joseph F. Hudert, a Cherry Hill Construction Co. project superintendent who was injured in a construction accident last month, died Monday at Washington Hospital Center of burns. The Glen Burnie resident was 56.

Mr. Hudert and another man were working on an underground steam pipe April 23 in the 700 block of 17th St. N.W. in Washington when the pipe exploded. He was thrown into the air by the explosion and severely burned.

Mr. Hudert was born in Baltimore and grew up in Roland Park. He was a 1965 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and attended the University of Maryland, College Park for three years before enlisting in the Army in 1968.

He served in Vietnam with a transportation unit from 1970 to 1973 and was decorated for valor. After being discharged, he returned to the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1974.

Since 1986, Mr. Hudert had worked for Cherry Hill Construction Co.

Mr. Hudert who married Margaret Ann Sullivan in 1986, had lived in Glen Burnie for 18 years.

"He was a very devoted family man and kind-hearted," said a sister, Sylvia H. Brooks of Timonium.

Mr. Hudert enjoyed cooking for family and friends and was especially known for his "five-alarm" chili, a feature of the family's yearly Super Bowl party.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 126 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

In addition to his wife and sister, Mr. Hudert is survived by a son, Joseph A. Hudert, 16, and a daughter, Elizabeth J. Hudert, 17, both of Glen Burnie; another sister, Terry H. Wieczorek of Towson; and many nieces and nephews.

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