Virginia B. McGehee
Longtime Sparrows Point and Edgemere homemaker Virginia B. McGehee died March 20 , three weeks before her 93rd birthday.
Born and raised in Mineral, Va., the former Virginia Rollins married fellow Virginian Mack A. McGehee and moved to Sparrows Point when she was 18 years old. They lived in Sparrows Point for more than 50 years before moving to Edgemere in the mid-1970s.
A quiet person, she devoted her life to her family. Crocheting and embroidery were favorite pastimes.
Predeceased in 1977 by her husband, she is survived by daughter Frances Lowery of Charlesmont, son Allen McGehee of Edgemere, two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The Rev. David Erickson of Watersedge Baptist Church conducted services March 23 at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home. Interment followed at Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Charles W. Schueler
Charles W. Schueler, a Bridgewood Drive resident for more than 50 years, died of heart disease March 16  at age 74.
Mr. Schueler, a retired brakeman for Patapsco and Back Rivers Railroad, served in the 11th Marine Corps Reserves from 1950 to 1953.
Playing weekly card games with his friends was a favorite pastime.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine (nee Borowski), son Angelo J. Mileto, daughters Darcy Infussi, Judy Jedrzejew-ski, Diane Evans, Carla Holcomb, Stacy Miotla and Noel Schueler, brother John Schueler, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also leaves behind dear friend Kenny Dahlstrom.
Monsignor Richard Parks of Sacred Heart of Mary Church conducted services March 18 at Connelly Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made in his name to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201.
Serena F. Webster
Services will be held Thursday, April 8, for 5-year-old Serena Faye Webster, who died April 5  of Ewing's Sarcoma. She was the daughter of Michael and Kimberly Webster of Goodman Avenue.
The service begins 10 a.m. at McComas Funeral Home, 50 W. Broadway in Bel Air. Interment will follow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
Through several surgeries, multiple chemotherapy and radiation treatments and a bone marrow transplant, Serena, who was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma at five months of age, was a joy and inspiration to all who came in contact with her.
In addition to her parents, she will be missed by grandparents Allen and Helen Webster of Bel Air, many aunts and uncles and other family members. She was predeceased by grandparents John and Minia Jones.
Visitation at the funeral home was scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Anthony T. Yoor Jr.
West Inverness resident Anthony T. Yoor Jr. died March 31  at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center at age 46.
A 1976 graduate of Archbishop Curley High School, he was a member of the football team.
Mr. Yoor had worked in construction for many years and was an accomplished craftsman with an expertise in bricklaying. For the past year, he was a warehouse manager for Direct Distribution in Baltimore. In his spare time, he enjoyed steaming crabs.
An avid NASCAR fan, he also enjoyed deer hunting.
He is survived by brother Ronald George Jr. of Edgemere, sisters Regina DeVoe of Perry Hall and Caroline Yoor of Colleyville, Texas, and many other family members. He was predeceased by his parents, Regina and Anthony Yoor Sr.
The Rev. Gene Knapp of Dundalk Assembly of God conducted services April 7 at Connelly Funeral Home.
James R. Johnson
Former Berkshire resident James Randolph "Jimmy" Johnson of McDonald, Tenn., died April 26  at age 83. He had lived on Loalan Avenue for 21 years.
Mr. Johnson, a professional magician for 60 years, retired from Martin-Marietti. He was a North Carolina native and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He had belonged to the Civilian Conservation Corps and the 1289th Engineer Battalion Association.
In Tennessee, he belonged to Ooltewah Baptist Church.
Predeceased by son James R. Johnson Jr., he is survived by his wife of 63 years, Devota Boger Johnson, son Wade Johnson of Clinton, Tenn., daughters Linda Cadwallader of McDonald and Barbara Darr of Edgemere, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services were held April 29 in Tennessee. Interment at Chattanooga National Cemetery was planned.
Christina E. Mezick
Edgemere resident Christina Parrott Nelson Mezick, 57, died of an apparent heart attack Easter Sunday, April 11 .
Born on Christmas Eve 1947, the former Christina Eve Parrott grew up in Fells Point and was a graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore.
She lived on Melbourne Road for about 15 years before moving to Edgemere in the early 1980s.
She worked in sales for the past 20 years for several furniture retailers, including The Hub and Gardiner's.
In addition to her husband, Larry Mezick, she is survived by two sons, Robert W. and Bryan Nelson, mother Dorothy Parrott Hedrick, brothers Harvey P. and George S. Parrott and five grandchildren. She also leaves behind dear friend Rose Doer.
Services were held April 15 at Connelly Funeral Home.
Former Dundalk resident Edith Mowery died April 29  at age 80.
Mrs. Mowery lived in South Baltimore before moving to 101 Center Place about seven years ago. She recently moved to College Manor, an assisted-living center in Towson.
She loved listening to music and was especially fond of opera. Bingo was another favorite pastime.
Predeceased by her husband, Hobart Mowery, she is survived by daughter Kim Crouch of Glen Burnie, sister Flo Bosak of Dundalk, nephew Richard Bosak, nieces Beverly Molidor, Mary Jane Simon and Judy Fyffe and many great-nephews and great-nieces. She also was predeceased by sisters Margaret L. Kirdy, Mary Burkhead and Agnes Bryson.
A graveside service was held May 1 at Holy Cross Cemetery.
John W. O'Rourke
John W. "Bill" O'Rourke, 85, a Northshire resident for 55 years, died of complications of a stroke April 24  at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Mr. O'Rourke retired in 1986 with 30 years of service as a Patapsco and Back Rivers Railroad engineer.
An avid gardener, he was particularly fond of growing vegetables and landscaping his yard with shrubbery.
In retirement, he and his wife enjoyed vacationing with his brother-in-law, Bernard Kaufman. The three camped across the country, visited Alaska twice and took cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and DisneyWorld.
He was born and raised in East Baltimore and attended St. Catherine's parochial school.
His survivors are his wife of 58 years, Edna (nee Kaufman), son John W. O'Rourke Jr. of Dundalk, two granddaughters, one great-grandson and many nieces, nephews and other family members. He was predeceased by brother Paul O'Rourke and sister Mary O'Rourke Schissler.
Services were held April 28 at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home and graveside at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery.
Longtime Lawrence Road homemaker Rose Pierorazio (nee D'Ulisse), 81, died April 28  at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Raised in East Baltimore, Mrs. Pierorazio worked at Bethlehem Steel from the World War II years until 1957, when she became a full-time homemaker.
She had been a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Church and a Sons of Italy lodge in Highlandtown.
Predeceased in 1995 by her husband, Michael Pierorazio, she is survived son Philip Pierorazio of Jarrettsville, daughters Nancy Holt of Warrenton, Va., Annette Koluch of Forest Hills and Livia Lacey of Jarrettsville, brothers Robert and Nicholas D'Ulisse, sister Annette Watson, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 3 at Sacred Heart of Mary Church. Interment followed at Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Sister Mary Stanislaus
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 8, for Sister Mary Stanislaus, 89, who taught first-grade at Sacred Heart of Mary School for 28 years. She died April 29  at Mount Nazareth retirement home in Philadelphia.
The Mass begins 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 6726 Youngstown Ave.
Born Helena Rogowska in Paterson, N.J., she professed her first vows with Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in 1935 in Torresdale, Pa.
She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1951 from Marywood College in Scranton and started her teaching career at St. John Cantius School in Philadelphia. A first-grade teacher for 58 years, she taught at a number of Pennsylvania parochial schools until 1971, when she was assigned to Sacred Heart of Mary School. She retired in 1999.
"Sister was always there for each person with her smile, helping hands and especially her prayers. Sister was a real saint," said Maryann Kisielewski, her friend and former colleague.
Two sisters, Edna Doni-kowski and Mary Rogow-ska, survive her.
Burial services were held May 2 in Philadelphia.
Contributions may be made to Mount Nazareth, 2755 Holme Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152 or to Sacred Heart of Mary School, 6726 Youngstown Ave., Baltimore, MD 21222.
Joseph K. Taylor Jr.
Sparrows Point High School senior Joseph K. Taylor Jr., 17, died April 27  in a two-car accident on Holabird Avenue.
An Edgemere resident, he attended Sparrows Point Middle School and Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School. As a youngster, he played soccer and lacrosse for Edgemere-Sparrows Point Rec Council.
Since January, he worked in the truck shop of S&G Concrete with his father. His duties also included delivering parts to customers.
His mother said he loved anything related to automobiles and was a muscle car fanatic. He had been working on his 1994 Mustang and liked talking about how he was going to make it better.
He also loved spending time with his friends and playing video games with his 15-year-old brother.
In addition to his parents, Laura and Joseph K. Taylor Sr. of Edgemere, he is survived by brother Eric Taylor, grandmother Grace DiFonso of Jones Creek, grandmother Elizabeth Taylor of Lodge Forest, aunt and uncle Pam and Joseph DiFonso Jr., aunt Jane Dorsey, godfather John Dorsey, cousins David Milbourne and Olivia and Marisa DiFonso and many other family members. He also leaves behind dear friend Chrissy Malinski.
He was predeceased by grandfathers Joseph DiFonso Sr. and Ellwood Taylor.
Services were held May 1 at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home. Interment followed at Gardens of Faith Cemetery.
William L. Bowling
William Ledford Bowling of North Point Village died Aug. 22  at age 74.
Born Oct. 2, 1929, in West Virginia, Mr. Bowling was raised in Kentucky and Maryland. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. In 1953, he married Jeanne Alice Agmanoni Harrington.
He worked for Automotive Parts for 20 years before retiring in 1983.
A humble man and a devout Christian, he was a member of the Fundamental Baptist Church in Middle River.
In addition to his wife of 51 years, he is survived by four children, Jordan W., Shirley M., Robert L. and Phillip T. Bowling, brother Clarence Bowling, sister Ruth Burkey, 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many other family members.
Services were held Aug. 25 at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home and graveside at Holly Hill Memorial Gardens.
William T. Coxon
Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 7 , for Gray Manor resident William T. Coxon, 81, who died in his sleep at home Monday.
The service begins 11 a.m. at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home, 7922 Wise Ave. Interment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation at the funeral home was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Mr. Coxon grew up on Old North Point Road and lived in Gray Manor for 60 years. He retired in 1984 after a 39-year career as an oiler/operator with Operating Engineers Local 37.
A lifetime member of the Gattus Stags, he also belonged to the Railroad Social Club.
He was a jack-of-all-trades who enjoyed lending a helping hand to friends and family members.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, Julia (nee Yonkusky), he is survived by daughters Patricia A. Scott and Jeanne D. Scott, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers Charles, John and Frank Coxon.
Robert D. Gealy
Services will be held Friday, Oct. 8 , for Plainfield Road resident Robert D. Gealy, 84, who died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
The service begins 10 a.m. at Connelly Funeral Home, 7110 Sollers Point Road. Interment will follow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
Visitation at the funeral home is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
A tool and die maker, Mr. Gealy retired as a maintenance supervisor for the Baltimore News American newspaper. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He held membership in Patapsco Masonic Lodge 183 and Scottish Rite.
Born and raised in Franklin, Pa., Mr. Gealy lived in Baltimore before moving to Dundalk 58 years ago.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Lillian M. (nee Meadows), he is survived by sons Robert D. Jr., Glenn M. and Gregg S. Gealy, daughter Leah F. Wilhelmsen, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.