Rev. Paul W. PlackPastor, singerServices for the...


Rev. Paul W. Plack

Pastor, singer

Services for the Rev. Paul Wesley Plack, pastor of several Baltimore churches in a ministerial career that spanned five decades, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Altenburg Funeral Home, 6009 Harford Road in Parkville.

Mr. Plack, who was 75, died Wednesday at his daughter's home in Lancaster, Pa., after a heart attack.

For 50 years, Mr. Plack served as a minister at churches in Baltimore, as well as churches in Williamsport, Willow Grove, Warrington and Coatesville, Pa., and Lake Pine, N.J.

Most recently, he served as assistant pastor at Calvary Tabernacle on Harford Road in Baltimore.

He had served on the staffs of Word of Life Fellowship with Jack Wyrtzen and the Old Fashioned Revival Hour with Charles E. Fuller Ministries.

As a youngster, he began singing in Maryland churches. He graduated from Towson High School, then won a scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He also won the National General Motors Voice Contest.

He attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, graduated from Philadelphia College of the Bible and studied at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia.

Mr. Plack is survived by his wife of 54 years, Vivian Tagg Plack; three sons, P. Daniel Plack of Lititz, Pa., James S. Plack of Strasburg, Pa., and Philip W. Plack, of Staten Island, N.Y.; a daughter, Janice V. Trostle of Lancaster, Pa.; a brother, Carl Plack of Baltimore; four sisters, Marie Gerlach in Indiana, Ethel Babikow and Mildred Benson, both of Baltimore, and Ruth Keller of Tampa, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Dr. John W. Machen


Services for Dr. John William Machen, a Baltimore pediatrician for 45 years, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road in Towson.

L Dr. Machen, who was 85, died at his Towson home of leukemia.

Born in Washington, D.C., he attended Dartmouth College and Georgetown Medical School. He moved to Baltimore for a medical residency at Mercy Hospital, now Mercy Medical Center, and remained in Baltimore the rest of his life.

For 45 years, he practiced at a Bel Air Road office, treating several generations of families. Family and friends remember him as especially loved by children.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Irene Ward; two daughters, Barbara Rhoden of Baltimore and Joan Corcoran of Norfolk, Va.; a sister, Ann Rice of Silver Spring; and five granddaughters.

The family suggested memorial contributions be made to Mercy Medical Center, 301 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Md., 21202.

Roslyn Lieberman

Alumni group leader

Roslyn Grace Lieberman, a former president of the Catonsville Community College Alumni Association, died Dec. 27 heart failure at Baltimore County General Hospital.

Mrs. Lieberman, who was 71, returned to school in 1976 at the Owings Mills branch of the college and earned an associate's degree in early childhood education and later took other courses there.

The former Roslyn Grace Litchenberg was a native of Passaic, N.J., where she graduated from high school in 1938.

She and her husband, Herman Lieberman, who was an executive of the Banker's Life and Casualty Co., came to Baltimore from the Chicago area in 1960. Mr. Lieberman died in 1975.

She is survived by two sons, Laurence Lieberman of Los Angeles and Randolph Lieberman of Columbia; a sister, Estelle Sultan of Ashkelon, Israel; and a grandson.

Services for Mrs. Lieberman were held at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment on Dec. 29. The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Salvation Army.


Marian G. Cross

Private-duty nurse

Services for Marian Gosser Cross, for many years a private-duty nurse in Baltimore, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road in Towson.

Mrs. Cross, who was 71, died Jan. 3 of cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Born in Vandergrift, Pa., the former Marian Louise Gosser graduated from Leechburg High School in Leechburg, Pa., before attending nursing school at Columbia Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She received her nursing degree in 1942, the same year she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps as a second lieutenant.

She was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern campaign ribbon for duty overseas for serving in England during the second blitz. Mrs. Cross met her husband, an army officer, during the war.

After the war, Mrs. Cross worked as a private-duty nurse at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Union Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church of Towson and served as president of the Towson Women's Club from 1983 to 1985. She was living at her Towson home at the time of her death.

Mrs. Cross is survived by her husband of 49 years, Eugene Grayson Cross, and two daughters, Marilyn C. Shinn, of Boise, Idaho, and Jennifer C. Graham, of Gaithersburg, as well as a brother, Paul Gosser Jr., of North Fort Myers, Fla., and two grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Henry Frost

Friend to children

Services for Henry Frost, a longtime laborer who became a father-figure to some in his Sandtown neighborhood in Baltimore, will be held at noon Tuesday at the New Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1354 N. Carey St.

Mr. Frost, who was 87, died Jan. 2 of a heart condition at his home on North Stricker Street.

He was born in Bonneau, S.C., and attended public schools there before coming to Baltimore as a young man. He worked for the Laborers' International Union of North America, Local 194, from 1946 until his retirement in 1973.

He was a member of the New Bethlehem Baptist Church on North Carey Street and was well-loved by his friends on North Stricker, where he frequently sat on his front steps, surrounded by neighborhood children.

Mr. Frost is survived by his wife of 49 years, Louise;, one son, Andrew Frost; four daughters, Caroline Dunton, Angeanette Conoway, Jeanette Jones and Mildred Frost, all of Baltimore; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Survivors also include five sisters and one brother. Services for William L. Ward, a retired FDA official and furniture craftsman, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home at 6500 York Road, Towson.

Mr. Ward, who was 84, died Thursday of heart failure at his Baltimore home.

Born in Crisfield, he came to Baltimore at an early age and worked as a boat-builder. In 1932, he founded and became president of Buffington & Ward, a bakery supply business.

In 1961, he began working for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an importing inspector, retiring 10 years later.

Mr. Ward's avocation was making elaborate furniture for family and friends. He traveled widely, studying furniture designs in England, Ireland, Greece and Italy.

In a 1980 newspaper article, Mr. Ward is quoted as saying, "In the old days, it made you a little proud if you made something. If you made something nice."

His cabinetwork, some of it considered to be of museum quality, consisted primarily of replicas of 18th-century inlaid mahogany furniture. It included Hepplewhite-style desks with pigeonholes, drawers and secret compartments, and game tables with inlaid marble chess boards, modeled after a table he saw in an Irish castle.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Helen Buffington; two sons, W. Buffington Ward of Lausanne, Switzerland, and Mark H. Ward of Cockeysville; a daughter, Cynthia Ward Woolsey of St. Louis; a sister, Francis Parks of Gaithersburg; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 N. Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Md. 21201.

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