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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | July 11, 2008
Mary C. Fletcher, a former retail sales associate and homemaker, died July 4 of complications from dementia at the Hamilton Center, a Northeast Baltimore nursing facility. The former longtime Waverly resident was 84. Mary Constance Chase was born in Parksley, Va., and moved with her family to Govans in 1936 after they lost their once-prosperous cannery business because of the Depression. Mrs. Fletcher attended city public schools and eloped when she was 16 after she fell in love with William James Fletcher.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | January 31, 2008
Hilda M. Wilson, who was a sales associate for nearly 30 years at the old Hutzler's department store in Towson and was a former resident of Towson and Rodgers Forge, died Thursday of complications from a stroke at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 95. Hilda May Feltham was born and raised in Liverpool, England. In 1940, she married Kenneth Mackenzie Wilson, a physiologist and chemist who worked during World War II at Porton Downs, a government research facility in Salisbury, England.
NEWS
October 10, 2007
Josephine L. Knott, a former sales associate and traveler, died of cancer Sunday at her Pylesville home. She was 67. Josephine L. Roubal was born in Baltimore and raised on Duncan Street. She attended St. Michael's parochial school and dropped out of Patterson Park High School her senior year to help support her family. After earning her General Educational Development diploma, she was an office worker at the Maryland National Bank building on Light Street until she left in 1964, after the birth of her first child.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,Sun reporter | March 29, 2007
Working the sales floor at a retailer won't make you rich, but thousands of people manage to make a living doing it. Yet the announcement yesterday by Circuit City that it terminated 7 percent of its better-paid hourly employees and will replace them with inexperienced workers who earn less is the latest example of how difficult it is becoming to make retail sales a career, some industry consultants said. The growth in retail employment has lagged behind overall job growth in recent years in part because Internet shopping has cut into the demand for sales associates.
NEWS
September 12, 2006
Phyllis H. Kneip, a homemaker and retired department store sales associate, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 92. Born Phyllis Horsey in Baltimore and raised on West Lanvale Street, she was a 1931 graduate of Western High School. She was an executive secretary at Crown Cork & Seal's Highlandtown plant until 1941, when she met and married Walter F. Kneip Jr., a sales manager there. He died in 2003. After raising their children, Mrs. Kneip worked in sales in the art needlework and lamp departments at Hutzler's Towson store from 1965 until its closing in 1990.
NEWS
July 20, 2006
Doris Levin, a homemaker and former clothing store sales associate, died Tuesday of complications from dementia at Milford Manor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Pikesville. She was 91. The former Doris Abrams was born in Baltimore and raised near Druid Hill Park. She cut short her education at Western High School to help in her brother-in-law's Pennsylvania Avenue bar and delicatessen. During the 1960s, Mrs. Levin was a sales associate at Lanns of Baltimore, a dress shop at Park Avenue and Lexington Street.
NEWS
March 15, 2006
Dorothy C. Lacy, a homemaker and former retail sales worker, died March 7 of complications from a stroke at St. Joseph Medical Center. The North Baltimore resident was 77. She was born Dorothy Callis in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville and the Murray Hill neighborhood of Baltimore County. She was a 1946 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School, where she played field hockey and basketball. In 1948, she married James J. Lacy, now a retired Baltimore insurance executive and former president of the city Board of Fire Commissioners.
NEWS
February 14, 2006
Helen A. Wisniewski, a homemaker and former jewelry store sales associate, died of pulmonary arterial hypertension Feb. 7 at her Stevensville home. She was 83. Born Helen Agnes Wujek in Baltimore and raised in Locust Point, she was a graduate of Holy Rosary Parochial School in East Baltimore. "In her youth, she sang on a Polish radio station in Baltimore and was Miss Fort McHenry in 1941," said her son, John J. Wisniewski Jr. of Stevensville. She was married in 1945 to John J. Wisniewski Sr., a heating contractor who died in 1965.
NEWS
November 18, 2003
Ida R. Levin, a retired clothing store sales associate and avid Orioles fan, died of respiratory failure Saturday at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital, where she was believed to be the oldest resident. She was 102 and had lived in Northwest Baltimore for most of her life. Born Ida Reuben in East Baltimore, she attended city public schools. In 1922, she married Benjamin H. Levin, manager of the old Wear-Well clothing factory on Hopkins Place. He died in 1953. She then became a sales associate for the Sa Lee Dress Shop and participated in the 1955 opening of Mondawmin Mall.
NEWS
October 14, 2003
Lucy Elizabeth Evans, a retired department store sales associate and hospital volunteer, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 7 at Pickersgill Retirement Community. The former Waverly and Northwood resident was 91. Born Lucy Elizabeth Steinacker in Baltimore and raised on Dulaney Street, she attended St. Joseph Monastery Parochial School. For 33 years, until she retired in 1977, she sold lingerie at the old Hutzler's department store on Howard Street. She then became a gift shop volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital, remaining for 20 years.
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