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By Rosalia Scalia and Rosalia Scalia,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 25, 1996
In the southeastern fringe of the city and extending into Baltimore County is Graceland Park, a little-known gem of a small community where houses, fences, yards, trees, bushes and streets are meticulously tended.Although in the shadow of one of the city's most industrialized areas, the community has a decidedly pastoral feel. Like some county neighborhoods, there are some sections of Graceland Park that do not have sidewalks. And, because it sprawls into the county, some homes actually sit across the line, with living rooms in the county and kitchens in the city, or vice versa.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2012
Monsignor Richard E. Parks, pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Graceland Park for 25 years who was also a city Fire Department chaplain, died of cancer Feb. 19 at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 80. Monsignor Parks was remembered by friends for his caring personality and the lasting friendships he established wherever he went. "He never thought of himself," said the Rev. George Gannon, current pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary. "He was generous with his time and had an ability to ascertain just what people needed.
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January 31, 1992
Thaddeus M. Weber, 64, a retired East Baltimore funeral director, died of heart disease Tuesday in his sleep at his home in Graceland Park, Baltimore County.He is survived by his wife, the former Eleanor M. Grochowina; six sons, Timothy Weber of Graceland Park, Robert Weber of Bowie, Thomas Weber of Atlanta, Richard Weber of Baltimore, and Patrick and David Weber, both of Eastwood; three daughters, Eileen Schab of Dayton, Ohio, Kathleen Stout of Essex and Denise Mundy of Baltimore; two brothers, Raymond Weber of Baltimore and George A. Weber Jr. of Linthicum; a sister, Louise Buck of Pasadena, and eight grandchildren.
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By Scott Calvert | scott.calvert@baltsun.com | March 4, 2010
Lois Gresdo has long enjoyed hearing the little voices and the peals of laughter just outside her front door. But her street will be a quieter place when Sacred Heart of Mary School shuts its doors after 87 years of providing a Catholic education. "The school is a very positive presence for these children - and for this neighborhood," Gresdo said Wednesday after word of the school's demise reached this middle-class neighborhood in far East Baltimore, a stone's throw from Dundalk.
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May 30, 2006
William David "Bill" Berkey Sr., a cemetery superintendent and active member of the Oldtimers Baseball Association of Maryland, died of prostate cancer May 23 at Mercy Medical Center. He was 81. Born in Baltimore, Mr. Berkey worked as a young man for Atlantic Broom Co. and the Crown Cork and Seal Co. He lived for most of his life in the Highlandtown area. In 1961, he became superintendent of Oheb Shalom Cemetery in East Baltimore and Oheb Shalom Memorial Park of Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation, a job he held until his death.
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By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER | May 15, 2006
Edwin William Balcer, a retired electrician, died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in the Graceland Park neighborhood of Baltimore. He was 82. He grew up in Highlandtown and graduated from Patterson High School in 1941. As a teen, he earned extra money by painting window screens for family and neighbors. He also worked with his father, a cabinetmaker. After training as an electrician, he landed a job at Bethlehem Steel. He remained with the company for 30 years and retired in the early 1980s.
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January 1, 2001
Casper J. Bocklage, 89, Fire Department captain Casper Joseph Bocklage, a 35-year veteran and captain of the Baltimore City Fire Department and the father of four Eagle Scouts, died at his Southeast Baltimore home Tuesday of cancer. He was 89 and lived in the Graceland Park neighborhood. Born in Southeast Baltimore in 1911, Mr. Bocklage moved when he was age 6 to what his son Casper Bocklage Jr. of Baltimore described as "the wilds of Baltimore County." His family had no running water or electricity in Graceland Park, part of which was later annexed into the city.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Evening Sun Staff | August 12, 1991
Francine M. Schaffer is the newest member of the State Central Committee in East Baltimore and she's learning just what the job is at American Joe Miedusiewski's Proven Team Family Picnic.She's working the kitchen. She slaps a hot dog on a roll, drops buttered corn on the cob onto the paper plate and turns to the next person in line. It's a long line."I didn't know my duties including doing hot dogs and corn," she groans, good-naturedly.She's officially a non-voting, at-large member of the Democratic State Central Committee of the 46th Legislative District, which American Joe represents in the state Senate.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2012
Monsignor Richard E. Parks, pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Graceland Park for 25 years who was also a city Fire Department chaplain, died of cancer Feb. 19 at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 80. Monsignor Parks was remembered by friends for his caring personality and the lasting friendships he established wherever he went. "He never thought of himself," said the Rev. George Gannon, current pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary. "He was generous with his time and had an ability to ascertain just what people needed.
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By Scott Calvert | scott.calvert@baltsun.com | March 4, 2010
Lois Gresdo has long enjoyed hearing the little voices and the peals of laughter just outside her front door. But her street will be a quieter place when Sacred Heart of Mary School shuts its doors after 87 years of providing a Catholic education. "The school is a very positive presence for these children - and for this neighborhood," Gresdo said Wednesday after word of the school's demise reached this middle-class neighborhood in far East Baltimore, a stone's throw from Dundalk.
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May 30, 2006
William David "Bill" Berkey Sr., a cemetery superintendent and active member of the Oldtimers Baseball Association of Maryland, died of prostate cancer May 23 at Mercy Medical Center. He was 81. Born in Baltimore, Mr. Berkey worked as a young man for Atlantic Broom Co. and the Crown Cork and Seal Co. He lived for most of his life in the Highlandtown area. In 1961, he became superintendent of Oheb Shalom Cemetery in East Baltimore and Oheb Shalom Memorial Park of Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation, a job he held until his death.
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By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER | May 15, 2006
Edwin William Balcer, a retired electrician, died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in the Graceland Park neighborhood of Baltimore. He was 82. He grew up in Highlandtown and graduated from Patterson High School in 1941. As a teen, he earned extra money by painting window screens for family and neighbors. He also worked with his father, a cabinetmaker. After training as an electrician, he landed a job at Bethlehem Steel. He remained with the company for 30 years and retired in the early 1980s.
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January 1, 2001
Casper J. Bocklage, 89, Fire Department captain Casper Joseph Bocklage, a 35-year veteran and captain of the Baltimore City Fire Department and the father of four Eagle Scouts, died at his Southeast Baltimore home Tuesday of cancer. He was 89 and lived in the Graceland Park neighborhood. Born in Southeast Baltimore in 1911, Mr. Bocklage moved when he was age 6 to what his son Casper Bocklage Jr. of Baltimore described as "the wilds of Baltimore County." His family had no running water or electricity in Graceland Park, part of which was later annexed into the city.
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By Rosalia Scalia and Rosalia Scalia,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 25, 1996
In the southeastern fringe of the city and extending into Baltimore County is Graceland Park, a little-known gem of a small community where houses, fences, yards, trees, bushes and streets are meticulously tended.Although in the shadow of one of the city's most industrialized areas, the community has a decidedly pastoral feel. Like some county neighborhoods, there are some sections of Graceland Park that do not have sidewalks. And, because it sprawls into the county, some homes actually sit across the line, with living rooms in the county and kitchens in the city, or vice versa.
NEWS
January 31, 1992
Thaddeus M. Weber, 64, a retired East Baltimore funeral director, died of heart disease Tuesday in his sleep at his home in Graceland Park, Baltimore County.He is survived by his wife, the former Eleanor M. Grochowina; six sons, Timothy Weber of Graceland Park, Robert Weber of Bowie, Thomas Weber of Atlanta, Richard Weber of Baltimore, and Patrick and David Weber, both of Eastwood; three daughters, Eileen Schab of Dayton, Ohio, Kathleen Stout of Essex and Denise Mundy of Baltimore; two brothers, Raymond Weber of Baltimore and George A. Weber Jr. of Linthicum; a sister, Louise Buck of Pasadena, and eight grandchildren.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Evening Sun Staff | August 12, 1991
Francine M. Schaffer is the newest member of the State Central Committee in East Baltimore and she's learning just what the job is at American Joe Miedusiewski's Proven Team Family Picnic.She's working the kitchen. She slaps a hot dog on a roll, drops buttered corn on the cob onto the paper plate and turns to the next person in line. It's a long line."I didn't know my duties including doing hot dogs and corn," she groans, good-naturedly.She's officially a non-voting, at-large member of the Democratic State Central Committee of the 46th Legislative District, which American Joe represents in the state Senate.
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May 24, 2006
Jen Perez, Patterson SPORT SOFTBALL GIRLS STATS -- The Clippers' second baseman was honored last week as the team's Most Valuable Player. A solid-hitting second baseman, Perez plans to play next year at CCBC-Dundalk. She also played volleyball and was on the Clippers' swim team, where her best event was the backstroke. SIDELINES -- Perez is a B student in the business and finance academy at Patterson and plans to become a pharmacist. A member of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, which shows students how to set up and run their own businesses, she operates a candle business.
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By A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 28, 1999
The Baltimore school district is opening 26 schools from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today for parents to register their children before school begins Monday. Parents who have not registered their children in the city school system should bring two proofs of residency, such as rent receipts or copies of utility bills; their child's Social Security card; and a copy of the child's birth certificate and immunization record. Elementary schools (along with their middle-school counterparts)
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