Anthony A. Wajer, 83

Electrician, Army veteran

November 24, 2006

Anthony A. Wajer, an electrician and veteran of the Army and Maryland National Guard, died of mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer, Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Baltimore County resident was 83.

Born and raised in Fells Point, Mr. Wajer attended City College and later earned his high school equivalency diploma. At age 18, he was drafted into the Army, spending three years as an infantryman.

His unit was shipped to France after D-Day, said his son, Stephen D. Wajer of Towson.

"He guarded the trains as they pushed supplies up into Paris to support the troops," he said. By chance, he crossed paths with two of his brothers, also serving in the Army, at the train station, his son said.

He was discharged from the Army in 1945 and began a career as an electrician.

He worked for a number of companies, retiring in 1986.

Mr. Wajer spent 20 years with the Maryland National Guard, retiring in the 1970s.

He lived most of his adult life in the Overlea section of Baltimore County and lived most recently at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson.

A service was held Wednesday.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 60 years, Frances Lepkowski Wajer; a daughter, Susan Ammenhauser of Overlea; and two grandchildren. Another son, Michael A. Wajer, died in 1976.

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