Elsie A. Butz
Active in DAR
Services for Elsie A. Butz, who worked in real estate and headed several projects for the local Daughters of the American Revolution, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Leonard J. Ruck funeral home, 5305 Harford Road.
Mrs. Butz, of the 6800 block of Old Harford Road, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after suffering an aneurysm May 26. She was 72.
Born in Baltimore, the former Elsie Crout was a graduate of Hamilton Junior High School, where she met her future husband, and of Eastern High School. She and Gordon C. Butz were married in 1938 at Grace Lutheran Church, where both had been baptized.
Mrs. Butz was assistant director of volunteers at Union Memorial Hospital when her husband asked, shortly after they were married, that she help in his real estate business.
Her biggest real estate challenge came in the 1960s as her husband was finishing and leasing the last 40 percent of the Belvedere Towers at Falls Road and Northern Parkway. Mr. Butz suffered a heart attack, and she took over the project.
Seeking more normal hours, Mrs. Butz became assistant manager and her husband manager of the Westminster House Apartments in the 500 block of North Charles Street from 1968 to 1982. Even after their retirement, she remained in close contact with a dozen of its elderly tenants, Mr. Butz said.
A member since 1967 of the DAR's John Eager Howard Chapter, Mrs. Butz served in various offices including vice regent, treasurer and chaplain, the post she held upon her death. She was chairman of the honor roll and the flag committees, and worked on the Pause for the Pledge campaign. She also energized the chapter's Indian Affairs Committee and, as its chairman, brought in speakers and garnered support for the non-profit Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla.
Mrs. Butz also was active with the Grace Lutheran Church
Women and enjoyed helping others.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Ronald C. Butz of Glen Rock, Pa.; a daughter, Donna M. Garrigan of Joppa; a sister, Dorothy E. DeWitt of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
Jack B. Kussmaul
Dr. Jack B. Kussmaul, president emeritus of Frederick Community College, died Sunday at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was 68.
Dr. Kussmaul was born in Cincinnati and received his early education from the Savage School of Physical Education. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University and a doctorate in education from George Washington University.
He was a teacher and vice principal at Frederick's Elm Street School from 1948 to 1957, then principal of Brunswick High School from 1957 to 1965.
After teaching at a high school in Long Island, New York, he returned to Maryland and became principal of Glenwood Middle School. From 1969 to 1975 he was superintendent of schools in Somerset County, then was educational adviser to the governor in Annapolis until 1979.
Dr. Kussmaul lectured at George Washington University an Western Maryland College. In 1980 he became president of Frederick Community College and remained in that position until 1986.
Wesley T. Ross Jr.
Services for Wesley T. Ross Jr. will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Liberty Grace Church of God, 3400 Copley Road.
Mr. Ross, 55, died of a heart attack Saturday at Sinai Hospital.
Born in Emporia, Va., he graduated from the Greenville County school system. He married the former Elsie Goodwin in 1955 and moved to Baltimore the same year.
He worked for several industrial corporations while he lived in Emporia. In 1980 he began driving a truck for the Suburban Propane Co., a branch of the Quantum Chemical Co., in Ellicott City.
Mr. Ross was a great lover of jazz music.
He is survived by his wife; four sons, Brandido Ross, Joel Ross, Andre Ross and Wesley Ross III, all of Baltimore; a daughter, Ann Denise Ross of Baltimore; his mother, Gladys Harrison Ross of Emporia; two brothers, Ryland Ross of Richmond, Va., and Charles Ross of Alexandria, Va.; six sisters, Katie Washington of New York City, Holly Morgan and Odell Jones of Emporia, Ella Cook, Shirley Chamberlain and Regina Vessels of Richmond; and 13 grandchildren.
Irene Smith Green
Cherry Hill resident
A Mass of Christian burial for Irene Ana Smith Green, a lifelong resident of Cherry Hill who took in children despite her own poverty, will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Veronica's Roman Catholic Church, 806 Cherry Hill Road, with visiting beginning at 11 a.m.
Mrs. Green, who had lived on Carver Road and on Reedbird Avenue, moved in May to the Harbor Health Care Center on Light Street. She died of cardiac arrest early Monday at the age of 70.
Born in South Baltimore, she attended St. Monica's School. She was married to Charles Cooper, who died in 1963, and in 1971 married James Green, who survives her.
Roslyn Barnes, a granddaughter whom she reared, said of her grandmother, "She never turned her back on anybody or any problem -- whether it was an alcoholic or someone who needed a baby sitter. She didn't have a lot, but she gave a lot."
Mrs. Green is survived by a son, Charles Cooper Jr.; a daughter, Veronica Cooper Jones; a brother, Calvin Smith, all of Baltimore; and by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Teacher and principal
A wake followed by the liturgy of Christian burial for Sister Thelma Johnson, Oblate Sister of Providence, who served as a teacher and principal at schools throughout the Northeast and the Midwest, will be offered at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent Chapel, 701 Gun Road.
Burial at Loudon Park Cemetery will be Friday after the regular 11a.m. community service.
Sister Thelma returned Saturday from her current assignment at Buffalo's Catholic Central -- Herlihy School to enter the health care unit at the order's mother house in Catonsville. She had undergone surgery for cancer in June and died Monday at St. Agnes Hospital of heart failure at the age of 77.
Born in Baltimore in 1913, Thelma Johnson entered the order on Aug. 6, 1935, and took her final vows in 1944 as Sister Mary Nazareth. She returned to the use of her baptismal name during the 1960s, after Vatican II.
A graduate of St. Francis High School, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education at the College of Notre Dame in 1961 and a master's degree in the field from Villanova University in 1968.
She began teaching in 1937 at St. Vincent De Paul School in Washington, where she also served as principal before moving in 1945 to serve at schools in Chicago, Detroit and Aiken, S.C., before returning to Washington in 1955 to St. Cyprian School.
After a year teaching church school in New Orleans, she returned to Baltimore in 1959 and served at St. Pius V School until 1961, when she moved to schools in Miami and Michigan as teacher and principal.
Sister Thelma went to her final assignment in Buffalo in 1986, beginning as a junior high school religion teacher at the Diocesan Educational Campus, then teaching elementary-level reading and religion at the school, which was renamed Catholic Central -- Herlihy School.
Sister Thelma was known as jovial and kind, a good listener and "a real spirit of simplicity," said a spokeswoman for the order.
NB She is survived by her mother, Carrie Brooks of Flushing, N.Y.
Lillian A. Wiland
Services for Lillian Alexander Wiland, a retired switchboard supervisor for the W. R. Grace Co., will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Akard Funeral Chapel in Bristol, Tenn.
Mrs. Wiland, who had lived in Bristol, Va., for the past 23 years, died Monday at the Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was 87.
A native of Baltimore, she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She attended Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was active in the women's society.
The widow of Rohe L. Wiland, Mrs. Wiland is survived by a stepdaughter, Nancy Wellons of Bristol, and four grandchildren.