Oscar M. "Mel" Grimes Jr., 80, died on May 13 at Chesnut Ridge Assisted Living, Wallingford, Pa. He had been a longtime resident of Drexel Hill, Pa.
His late parents, Oscar and Lillian Grimes resided on Egges Lane while his father served as chief of police for Baltimore County.
In 1940, the deceased received his law degree from the University of Baltimore. During World War II, he spent two years in the U.S. Army, followed by three as a captain with the 441st Counterintelligence Corps Detachment of the 97th Infantry Division. As commanding officer in the United States, Europe and Japan, he was responsible for the investigation, control and necessary action for all sabotage, espionage and subversive activites within the command.
In 1945, Brigadier General M. B. Halsey awarded Mr. Grimes the Bronze Star for organizing and leading a series of raids against Gestapo Headquarters in Hof, Germany. Several attacks, conducted against hostile personnel concealed in bunkers and armed with auomatic weapons, resulted in the arrest of subversive agents of the German government.
Subsequently, Mr. Grimes worked for the Insurance Company of North America before joining the Ohio Casualty Company, where he rose to the position of Vice President of Claims. By 1966, he had formed and operated O.M. Grimes Company, an independent claims service, located in Philadelphia.
Following a medical disability in 1984, he and his wife, the late Frances (Eisenhardt), retired to their summer home in Gandy's Beach, N.J., where he became unofficially known as "the mayor."
The couple were active members of the Vandiver-Moylan American Legion Post, where Mr. Grimes volunteered for two terms as post commander.
Numbered among his survivors are Joan Ann Coper, a daughter; Donald Grimes, a son; grandchildren, Melissa, Donald Jr. and Alexandra Grimes; and a sister, Shirley Nippard.
Relatives and friends paid their respects at the Vraim Funeral Home, Upper Darby, Pa., with a private interment.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Vandiver-Moylan Post 355 American Legion, P.O. Box 57, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., 19004.
Alice Walsh Davis
At the age of 73, Alice Walsh Davis, wife of R. Elwood Davis, died on June 18 after receiving nursing care for the last several months following a stroke six years ago. Throughout her life she was a compassionate person, especially for those with illness. In earlier years she was active in the Spring Grove Auxiliary, helping patients and working in the hospital shop as a volunteer.
For 50 years she was very active in the Rolling Hills Woman's Club, where she served as president in 1957-58. Often holding chairmanship positions in the club, she was always a very responsible member, with many close friends who recognized and enjoyed her q,uick wit. For a number of years she was active in a bowling club that she joined when an employee of the Sun Life Insurance Company after graduating from Catonsville High School in 1945.
Alice grew up and lived at the family home, 606 Aldershot Road in Catonsville, until she and her husband, whom she married in 1947, moved to McIntosh Court. Surviving members of her family, in addition to her husband Elwood are their daughter, Susan C. Davis; their grandsons, Dallas and Morgan; and her brother, Howard H. Walsh.
Memorial services were held at the Catonsville United Methodist Church on June 25. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the church, 6 Melvin Avenue.
Maryland native Peter P. Burnotes left this world on March 28 in his Catonsville home. He was 99. He had worked as a mechanic and was predeceased by Fern (Crabill) Burnotes, his wife.
Mary Lynch survives her brother as does a sister-in-law, Lorraine Crabill; plus a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Witzke Funeral Home arranged for Pastor Bob Lilly to conduct a service at Catonsville Baptist Church on March 31. Mr. Burnotes was laid to rest in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Baltimore.
Catonsville resident Margaret Hamilton passed away on May 24 at the age of 83.
She was born at Folly Quarters in Howard County, the daughter of the late Henry and Beulah (Stromberg) Brosenne. This graduate of St. Mark School and the Institute of Notre Dame was also predeceased by a daughter, Janet Marie, and siblings, Christian, William, Maurice, the Rev. Eustace, O.F.M./Conv., Edward, Martin and Trudy Brosenne.
Among those missing her presence are her spouse, Louis Hamilton; four children, Martin and Joanne Hamilton of Woodbine, Rose (Trudy) and Willie Williams, Patrick and Laura Hamilton, Timothy and Victoria Hamilton, all of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Thomas Brosenne of Las Vegas, Nev., Irene Sears of Tucker, Ga., and Catherine Fisher of Catonsville outlive their sister.
Relatives and friends paid their respects at the Sterling-Ashton-Schwab Funeral Home, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial was clebrated in St. Mark Chapel, followed by interment in New Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please mail memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Dr., P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore, Md. 21236-0025.
Arthur Jerel Risser died on June 6 of Alzhemier's Disease at Renaissance Gardens, Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 88 years old.
Born in Lebanon County, Pa., Mr. Risser was the seventh of 10 children born to the late Aaron and Laura (Horst) Risser, a Mennonite farm family. All these relatives predeceased him.
In 1933, Mr. Risser received a teaching certificate from Goshen College in Indiana. He then taught grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania. He matriculated at Elizabethtown College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business education in 1939. The deceased also studied in several other colleges and universities: Lebanon Valley College, Penn State University, the Community College of Baltimore County and Duke University in North Carolina.
He taught business courses in the Hershey, Pa., public school district for several years. Then, in 1942, Mr. Risser accepted a position with the Pennsylvania Railroad in the Claims Division of the Legal Department. He remained there through many changes: affiliation with New York Central, Long Island Railroad, etc., until he retired from Conrail in 1978.
On June 7, 1941, he married Pearl Brock. Had Mr. Risser lived just one more day, they would have celebrated their 60th anniversary. Together, they raised five children: Arthur Risser II of Wisconsin, Deana Rundel of Virgina, Keith Risser from Columbia, Thomas Risser, M.D. of Massachusetts and J. Alexander Risser, who lives in Virginia and North Carolina. The couple welcomed a dozen grandchildren over the years.
In addition, Mr. Risser claimed 18 assorted nieces and nephews. Answering to "Dad," "Pop," or "Uncle Art," he loved all the little ones, who seemed drawn to his side. He was often labeled "my favorite uncle."
Besides being an avid hunter, fisherman, hiker and mountain climber, the deceased enjoyed parties, dancing and playing pinochle. He volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, Boy Scout representative and a deacon in the Messiah United Church of Christ. Mr. Risser also belonged to the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge in Harrisburg, Pa., the Valley of Harrisburg Scottish Rite Body; Baltimore Forest 45, Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Boumi Temple Shrine.
He leaves behind many happy memories and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The Rev. Gary Hajek presided at a service in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on June 22. Hubbard Funeral Home Inc. assisted the family with arrangements for a private interment.
On April 28, Agnes M. Kimmitt, 86, died at St. Agnes Hospital.
The daughter of the late Julius Small and Anna Barbour, she wasborn on June 3, 1914. James Kimmitt also predeceased his spouse as did two of her siblings, Dolores Pflaum and Francis Small. The deceased worked in retail sales for a candy company.
Numbered among her survivors are two daughters, Christine Clifford and Bernadette Brown; five grandchildren, James, Michael, Maxine, Dana and Crystal; and seven great-grandchildren, Marian, James, Mark, Christie, Alex, Emily and Collin.
The Rev. Christopher Whatley presided at a service in St. Mark Catholic Church on May 2. The Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville Inc. arranged for interment in Meadowridge Memorial Park, Elkridge.
The family suggests that contributions in Mrs. Kimmitt's name be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va., 23058.
Cockeysville resident Margaret Schaub, 89, died at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home on April 29.
This former teacher was born on Aug. 12, 1911 in Maryland. Besides her husband, Charles Schaub, two siblings predeceased her, Ruth Petrofsky and the Rev. Charles Gorman.
Numbered among her survivors are a daughter Dorothy Stein and husband Joseph; sons Charles Schaub and wife Marie, William Schaub, James Schaub and wife Abbie.
After relatives and friends paid their respects at the Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville Inc., the Rev. Christopher Whatley officiated at a service in St. Mark Catholic Church on May 3.
Those so desiring may send memorial donations to Catholic Charities, 320 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md. 21201.
Whitney Calvert Chaney died on April 29 at the Frederick Villa Nursing Home. He had reached the age of 88.
The son of the late Everett Chaney and Agnes Leonard, he was born on May 3, 1912. Vernon Chaney also predeceased his brother. Mr. Chaney had formerly worked as a bookkeeper.
Patricia Savage and Charles Chaney survive their uncle.
Brother Bonaventure Scully, C.F.X. led a service at the Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville Inc. on May 2. Burial followed in New Cathedral Cemetery.
Catonsville homemaker Emma Marie Bourquin departed from this world in St. Agnes Hospital on March 27 at the age of 74.
A native of Rhode Island, she was born on April 12, 1925.
Ralph Bourquin Sr. survives his wife as do their four children, Linda, Ralph Jr., Paul and Charles Bourquin; plus grandchildren, Kevin, Amanda, Christine, Jessica, Paul III, Philip, Randall, Nicholas and Michelle.
Monsignor Victor Galeone conducted a service on April 2 at the Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville Inc. Burial took place in Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, Owings Mills.
The family suggests that memorail donations in Mrs. Bourquin's name be sent to the Arthritis Foundation, 1777 Reisterstown Rd., Suite 160, Baltimore, Md., 21208.
Herbert William Stigler, 86, a Newburg Avenue resident for over 50 years, died at Noah's Place, St. Elizabeth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of heart failure on May 6.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1914 in Ellicott City After graduating from Calvert Hall High School in 1932, the deceased owned a jewelry store in the Gwynn Oak Junction from 1936-71. His special skill was watchmaking.
In additon to holding membership in the Howard Park Business Men's Association and the Howard Park Bowling League, Mr. Stigler enjoyed gardening and fishing in his leisure hours.
Mourning his passing are his spouse, Janet (Evans) Stigler; a daughter, Mary Stigler Semega and her husband, Raymond Semega.
Pastor Christopher Whatley officiated at a service in St. Mark Chapel on May 6. Afterwards, Mr. Stigler was laid to rest in New Cathedral Cemetery.
Those so choosing may send memorial contributions to Noah's Place at 3320 Benson Ave., Baltimore, Md., 21227.