March 18, 2000
Elsie Irene Zeuch, a homemaker and churchwoman, died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease at the Augsburg Lutheran Home. The former longtime Anneslie resident was 91. A member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Baltimore for 70 years, Mrs. Zeuch served as the church's secretary from 1969 to 1989. She taught Sunday and vacation Bible schools and served on the church council. She also held positions on the local, state and national boards of the American Lutheran Church. A lifelong concern for the needy led Mrs. Zeuch to develop a program called "Love Loaves" that was later adopted by several hundred congregations and helped feed the hungry.
July 19, 2006
John Melvin Fair, a retired railroad employee and church organist, died Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital of complications after surgery. The lifelong Hampden resident was 81 and had lived on West 33rd Street since 1950. A 1942 graduate of City College, he joined the Army Air Forces that year and served in requisitions for 3 1/2 years in the Pacific. He attained the rank of staff sergeant and later was an active member of Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Fair was an office manager and rate analyst for the Western Maryland Railway and successor companies Chessie System and CSX, from which he retired in 1981.
October 9, 1990
Services for Ralph K. Huber, a retired network operations manager for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St.Mr. Huber, who was 71 and lived on Ruxway Road in Ruxton, died Sunday at the Manor Care Towson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of complications to a stroke.He retired eight years ago after working for the telephone company for 42 years. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and studied engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.
August 9, 2005
Tackling an issue that threatens to splinter many mainline Protestant churches in America, the chief legislative body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will decide this week on whether to ordain homosexuals in committed relationships and to continue allowing clergy to bless same-sex unions. Although embracing diversity has been a priority in the church in recent years, leaders say they will be more focused on preserving unity as they answer the question of whether homosexuality is a sin according to Scripture or a natural condition.
November 8, 1990
A memorial service for Carol Virginia Easter, a retired hair stylist who was active in church work, will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville.Mrs. Easter, who was 69 and lived on Myamby Road in Baynesville, died Saturday at a hospital in Mount Pleasant, Pa., while visiting relatives.She retired about 20 years ago after working for about 10 years at the beauty shop in the Hecht Co. store in Northwood.In 1942, she joined the Women's Army Corps, and in 1945 received a medical discharge after becoming ill.Born in Baltimore and reared in the Govans area, the former Carol Virginia Pettingill was a 1939 graduate of Eastern High School.
October 18, 2002
Stanton L. Bien, former owner of a Baltimore shoe store and thoroughbred horse enthusiast, died from complications of an ulcer Oct. 11 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 75 and lived in Lutherville. Mr. Bien was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1945, he served briefly in the Air Force until he was discharged after suffering injuries in an accident. He was the owner of Levie's Shoes in the 1800 block of Pennsylvania Ave., a business that had been established by his grandfather in 1900.