Gerhardt W. "Gus" Strohsacker dies at age 80

Western Electric Corp. manager and Korean War veteran who collected waterfowl art

August 17, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Gerhardt W. "Gus" Strohsacker, a retired Western Electric Corp. manager and Korean War veteran, died Aug. 10 from complications of dementia and Parkinson's disease at Brighton Gardens, a Towson assisted-living facility.

The longtime Homeland resident was 80.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Strohsacker was the son of an Ocean City hotelier and a homemaker. He was raised in Berlin, where he graduated from Buckingham High School.

After graduating from Washington College, where he earned a bachelor's degree, he served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954.

He later earned master's degrees from George Washington University, the Johns Hopkins University and Temple University.

For 28 years until retiring in 1986, Mr. Strohsacker was a department chief at Western Electric's Point Breeze plant. "He had more than 600 employees under him," said his wife of 20 years, Genevieve O'Donnell, who retained her maiden name.

Earlier, Mr. Strohsacker had worked at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.

From 1980 to 1987, he was a member of the Point Breeze Credit Union loan review committee.

Mr. Strohsacker was an avid collector of antique furniture and paintings.

"He loved the Eastern Shore, bird-watching, and enjoyed collecting waterfowl art," said Ms. O'Donnell.

For more than a decade, he was active with Boy Scout Troop 35.

His wife of 20 years, the former Elizabeth Vollmer, died in 1979.

Even though he had been a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Long Green, he had attended Mass for the last 20 years with his wife in the chapel at Villa Assumpta.

A memorial Mass was offered for Mr. Strohsacker on Tuesday at Villa Assumpta.

Also surviving are three sons, John Strohsacker of Baltimore, Mark Strohsacker of Wynnewood, Pa., and Eric Strohsacker of Maui, Hawaii; two stepsons, Henry Ebert of Baltimore and David Ebert of Sparks; a stepdaughter, Karen E. O'Donnell of Baltimore; a sister, Nancy S. Hughes of Damascus; two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

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