James W. Noonan dies; founded plumbing firm
A Mass of Christian burial for James "Jack" W. Noonan, a founding partner of Noonan Bros. plumbing and heating company, will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Paulskirk Drive and Chatham Road, Ellicott City.
Mr. Noonan, who was 77, died of lung cancer Wednesday at the Ellicott City home of his son and daughter-in-law, James and Anna Marie Noonan.
He was born and educated in Fells Point, and later married the former Mary L. Lamartina. The couple had been married 49 years at the time of Mrs. Noonan's death in 1988.
During World War II, Mr. Noonan worked as a supervisor at the now-defunct Owens Yacht Co., which built barges used in the war.
In 1952, he and a brother, Calvert, founded the plumbing and heating business on Fleet Street in East Baltimore. Mr. Noonan ++ worked in the business, leaving in 1985 to join his son in a carpet and renovation business in Howard County.
James Noonan described his father as a loving family man who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and as a deeply religious man who was "devoted to the blessed Mother Mary and St. Joseph."
In addition to his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. Noonan is survived by five brothers, Calvert, Howard, Richard, Robert and Tommy Noonan, all of Baltimore County; three sisters, Theresa Wile, Mabel Fleming and Eleanor Jordan, all of Baltimore County; and four grandchildren.
Jeffrey S. Thames Jr.
Harford Heights student
Services for 9-year-old Jeffrey Steven Thames Jr., an East Baltimore boy who died in his sleep Tuesday, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.
His family was awaiting the results of an autopsy report to determine the cause of death.
Family and friends said Jeffrey, who lived in the 1800 block of North Chester Street, had been looking forward to attending the fourth grade at Harford Heights Elementary School. They
described him as a good student who was eager to learn.
The young boy hoped to go to college and become a scientist, they said. At home, Jeffrey liked to listen to music and dance. He enjoyed playing football and baseball with friends and watching wrestling on television.
Jeffrey also attended Southern Baptist Church on North Chester Street, where he had hoped to join the junior missionary choir and usher board.
He is survived by his parents, Jennifer and Jeffrey S. Thames Sr.; his maternal grandmother, Esaldora Melvin of Baltimore; his maternal great-grandparents, Clem and Dorthea McMillan of Rex, N.C.; his paternal grandparents, Isaiah and Dorothy McPherson of Baltimore; and his paternal great-grandmother, Alice Hairiston of Philadelphia.
Ottilia Eyring Sosto
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for Ottilia Eyring Sosto, a longtime Baltimore volunteer, at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.
Mrs. Sosto, who was 89, died Aug. 9 at her home in Newcastle, Maine. Mrs. Sosto moved to Maine after the death of her husband Patrick J. Sosto in 1986. That year, the couple celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Vatican in Rome in a special audience with the pope.
Mrs. Sosto was born and educated in Baltimore and attended design school as a young woman. She lived most of her life on Chesterfield Avenue in Northeast Baltimore, in the shadow of the church that her family helped design and build in the early 1950s. She reared her daughters there to remind them of their heritage.
In later years, Mrs. Sosto was an active member of the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary. Last year she wrote a tribute in celebration of the hospital's 125th anniversary, which was published in the Pacemaker, the hospital's monthly journal.
She also was a member of the board of trustees of St. Vincent's Infant Home in Timonium.
Mrs. Sosto is survived by two daughters, Lee Kearney of West Bethesda in Montgomery County and Lori Gonyea of Newcastle, Maine, and three grandchildren.
The family suggests donations to the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Memorial Fund.
Forrest A. Reed
Office supply salesman
Services for Forrest A. Reed, who retired as a paper and office supply salesman, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.
Mr. Reed, who was 72, died of cancer yesterday at his home in Catonsville.
Born and educated in Fairmount, W.Va., Mr. Reed received a degree in education from Fairmount State College in 1940. He moved to Baltimore and worked at the Westinghouse and Glenn L. Martin Co. factories during World War II.
In 1946, Mr. Reed was hired as a salesman for Nationwide Papers in the Baltimore-Washington area. He worked there until 1970, when he joined the Mudge Paper Co. Mr. Reed remained with Mudge until his retirement in 1990.
He was active in scouting throughout his life. He earned his Eagle Scout badge as a youth, and as an adult served as scoutmaster at the Catonsville United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former Nancy B. Pontier; three stepdaughters, Nancy Rae Springer of Martinsburg, W.Va., and H. Paula Miller and Patricia Lee Ford, both of Fairmount; a sister, Willette Reddick of Fairmount; and six grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial donations to the St. Agnes Hospice Fund, 900 Caton Ave., Baltimore 21229.
Former area resident
Geneva R. Pangle-Polk, a former Baltimore resident who lived and worked in the area until 1971, died Aug. 8 of congestive heart failure after she became ill while visiting family here and was admitted to St. Agnes Hospital. She was 76.
Services for Mrs. Polk were held Monday in the Strasburg, Va., area, where she had lived in recent years.
The former Geneva Roy Funkhouser was born and educated in Russeldale Mineral, W.Va. In the early 1930s, she married John W. Pangle in Strasburg, Va., where the couple settled and began a family.
In 1943, after her husband's death, the young mother moved to Baltimore and worked on the wartime assembly lines at the Glenn L. Martin Co. She also worked as a saleswoman at the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a machine operator at Belfort Instrument Co.
Mrs. Pangle married Raymond Polk in the late 1940s and later moved to Cape St. Claire in Anne Arundel County. The couple retired from their jobs and moved to Orlando, Fla., in 1971. Once there, Mrs. Polk went to work again as a cook at a local high school.
The couple returned to the Strasburg area in 1983, settling in Toms Brook. Relatives described Mrs. Polk as a loving woman who enjoyed cooking and doting on her family.
One of her sons, John E. Pangle, died in 1990.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Polk's survivors include five sons, Roy Pangle of Lansdowne, Dallas Pangle of Millersville, Donald Pangle of Baltimore, and Robert Pangle and Jerry Polk, both of Orlando, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that those who wish to make memorial donations contribute to a heart or diabetes fund in Mrs. Polk's name.
Sister Mary Paulinus
A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Mary Paulinus Diegelmann, S.S.N.D, a retired educator who taught in Baltimore and Washington grade schools for 52 years, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrowat the Villa Assumpta chapel, Charles Street and Bellona Avenue.
Sister Mary, who was 79, died yesterday after suffering several strokes while hospitalized at Maria Health Center at the Villa Assumpta, the mother house of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Born and raised in Washington, the former Margaret Teresa Diegelmann joined the order of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1930 and took her vows three years later. In 1935 she received a degree in education from the Nazareth Normal School in Rochester, N.Y. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from the College of Notre Dame in 1943.
She served as both teacher and superior in a number of Catholic schools during her career. They include the Mount Calvary School in Washington, and St. Benedict's, Our Lady of Hope, The Cathedral School, St. James and the Blessed Sacrament School, all in Baltimore.
Sister Mary taught reading, math and social studies at the Madonna Middle School for 11 years until she retired in 1985.
She lived at St. Benedict's Convent for a few years until moving to the Maria Health Center in 1988.
She is survived by two sisters, Augusta Diegelmann and Mary Burke, both of La Plata, and several nieces and nephews.
Joseph W. Feeney
A Mass of Christian burial for Joseph W. Feeney, a retired director of research and development for International Paper Co. in Towson, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Pikesville.
Mr. Feeney, who lived in Sudbrook Park, died Monday of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 76.
Mr. Feeney was born in Granite in Baltimore County and graduated from Loyola High School in 1931.
He received a bachelor's degree from Loyola College four years later, then was hired by the Lord Baltimore Press, a folding-carton and paper company, where he learned about the consumer packaging industry and helped create new products. The company was absorbed by International Paper in the 1950s.
By the time Mr. Feeney retired from the company in 1980, he held several patents in consumer packaging and had written technical articles and lectured to various groups about the industry. He spent 42 years in the packaging business.
During his retirement, Mr. Feeney enjoyed gardening and was an active member of the Service Corps of Retired Executives, which offers advice to small businesses.
L He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church for 50 years.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Katherine E. Tewey; two daughters, K. Patricia Lee of Lutherville and Margaret M. Feeney of Silver Spring; three sons, J. William Feeney of Pikesville, Thomas A. Feeney of San Francisco and Robert M. Feeney of Atlanta; a sister, Margaret F. Cornwell of Granite; and eight grandchildren.