Bassoonist Sabatino Masucci dies at age 84A...


Bassoonist Sabatino Masucci dies at age 84

A memorial Mass for Sabatino Masucci, a musician who trained in Italy and toured with orchestras around the United States, will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, 2903 Dunleer Road, Dundalk.

Mr. Masucci, who was 84, died of congestive heart failure April 17 at his Dundalk home.

He played both bassoon and contrabassoon, toured the United States and Canada with various orchestras during the late 1930s and early 1940s, and taught at the Peabody Conservatory during the early 1940s.

During his career, he had been a bassoonist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York City Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony under Reginald Stewart during the 1943-1944 season and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

A protege of Leopold Stokowski, Mr. Masucci was recommendeby him and by Leonard Bernstein and selected for conductor Stokowski's American Symphony Orchestra when it was formed in 1975. He retired a year later.

Mr. Masucci also had played bassoon and contrabassoon under the direction of Arturo Toscanini and Igor Stravinsky, as well as recording classical works with the New York Philharmonic and NBC Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Chicago in 1907, Mr. Masucci moved to Italy with hiparents at an early age.

After graduating from the Conservatory of Naples with a diploma in music in 1930, he moved back to the United States and settled in Jersey City, N.J.

He moved to Dundalk in 1985 upon the death of his wife, MariAdelina Pietravalle Masucci.

He is survived by a daughter, Luisa Masucci Amann of Dundalka brother, Canelio Masucci of West New York, N.J.; two sisters, Carmela Masucci Alecci of North Bergen, N.J., and Helen Bardino Imperato of Tobyhanna, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

Dwight L. Miller, Retired minister

Services for the Rev. Dwight Leatherman Miller, a retired auto mechanic and minister of the Fairview Church of the Brethren, will take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 11243 Chapel Road, Cordova.

Mr. Miller, who was 80 and lived on Treesdale Drive in Easton, died of cancer at his home Friday.

Miller began his pastoral career as an unpaid part-time minister. In 1955, he was appointed pastor of the Church of the Brethren and served there until his retirement in 1988.

Born in McDaniel, Talbot County, Mr. Miller was the son of the late Oris and Leota Leatherman Miller. As a child, he moved to West Virginia with his family and graduated from Romney High School in 1928.

Mr. Miller returned to Easton following his graduation and began working as a mechanic and auto repairman. He worked at Bennett Motor Co. from 1933 to 1958 and then at Thompson's Motor Co. from 1958 to 1970.

He married Mary Fox in 1937.

In 1970, Mr. Miller and his son, Leroy, opened a car repair business, Miller's Body Shop, in Easton, and the elder Mr. Miller occasionally worked on cars at the shop after his retirement in 1978. He enjoyed gardening and owned an antique tractor.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Miller is survived by his daughter, Joyce M. Battle; two sons, Leroy D. Miller and John B. Miller; and two sisters, Ellen Walbridge and Alma Milburn. All are of Easton. He also is survived by two brothers, Wayne Miller of Keyser, W.Va., and Preston Miller of Burlington, W.Va.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations be made to Camp Mardela, Deep Shore Road, Denton, Md. 21629, or to the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 100 S. Hanson St., Easton, Md. 21601.


Frederick W. Duhan, Baltimore native

Services for Frederick William Duhan, a longtime employee of Crown Cork & Seal Co. and the Crown Can Co., will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the North Elm Chapel of Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home in Greensboro, N.C.

A resident of Greensboro for six years, Mr. Duhan died Friday at Moses Cone Hospital there after a long illness. He was 89.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Duhan attended the Johns Hopkins University. He worked as a mechanical engineer for Crown for 44 years -- first in Baltimore and then, from 1938 until his retirement in 1974, in Philadelphia.

Mr. Duhan is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Lillie Beatley; a son, Lawson Allen Duhan of Greensboro; a sister, Ada Herrlein of Baltimore; a brother, Henry Duhan of Webster Groves, Mo.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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