Hans George Walz, 78, millwork estimator

February 19, 2005

Hans George Walz, a retired millwork estimator and salesman, died of dementia complications Saturday at Edenwald retirement community in Towson, where he had lived for five years and whose construction he helped supervise. The former Freeland resident was 78.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Irvington, he joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific after his 1943 graduation from Polytechnic Institute.

He worked a number of years at Walbrook Mill and Lumber Co. on West North Avenue before starting Walz-Hart Manufacturing Co. on Caroline Street in Fells Point. After the business burned in 1968, he worked for Reisterstown Lumber Co. He retired 15 years ago.

Mr. Walz was a member of Charity Lodge of the Masons and the Boumi Temple.

He was a past board member of the General German Aged People's Home and vice president of the board and chairman of Edenwald's building committee.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Zion Lutheran Church, Lexington and Holliday streets, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Dorothy Hagestedt; two daughters, Marie Joost of Towson and Karen Ayd of Parkville; a sister, Marie Endler of Hanover, Pa.; and two granddaughters.

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