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Frank P. Ragonese

Tunneling contractor

A Mass of Christian burial for Frank P. Ragonese, a retired tunneling contractor, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Mr. Ragonese, who was 90, died Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital after a heart attack. He lived on East Northern Parkway.

Though he retired nearly 20 years ago as the owner of the Square Construction Co. in Towson, he visited the office daily to manage real estate and other investments.

He and a brother-in-law started the company in Cleveland in the mid-1930s. The firm specialized in tunneling through both rock and soft dirt. The company moved to Baltimore in 1940.

Born in Cesaro, Sicily, Mr. Ragonese learned the construction trade while working with his father in Sicily and in southern France.

After the death of his parents, he supported a younger brother and two sisters, bringing them to the United States shortly after he came to this country at the age of 19.

He was successful in the real estate industry in Cleveland while in his 20s, but returned to the construction industry during the Depression.

Mr. Ragonese was a member of the Moles, an organization of tunneling executives; the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.; the Utility Contractors of America; and the Order of the Sons of Italy.

His wife, the former Margaret Frischer, died April 3.

He is survived by a daughter, Norma Ragonese McAdam of Ruxton; two sons, Paul P. Ragonese of Lutherville and Edward B. Ragonese of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Dina Scaravilli of Cleveland; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Cynthia Schiebel

Teacher, dog breeder

A memorial service for Cynthia Schiebel, a former college teacher who bred, trained and showed dogs, will be held at 1 p.m. today at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5600 Old Washington Road in Sykesville.

The 61-year-old Sykesville resident died Saturday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice.

Mrs. Schiebel, a member of the Carroll Kennel Club and the Cocker Spaniel Club of Maryland, bred and showed champion cocker spaniels until about two years ago. She had also trained dogs for obedience trials.

Born in East Orange, N.J., the former Cynthia Guldi was a 1962 graduate of Rutgers University. She earned a master's degree at the University of Maryland at College Park.

She taught freshman composition courses there and later, from 1965 to 1967, taught writing and literature at Essex Community College. In 1970 and 1971, she taught writing at Howard Community College.

In 1966, she married Robert Schiebel, a fellow member of the Tower Club of Baltimore, a social group for tall people.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two daughters, Joy and Karen Schiebel, both of Sykesville; a son, Randy Schiebel of Westminster; her mother, Cornelia S. Guldi of Manchester; a brother, Alan Guldi of Orefield, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the scholarship or memorial funds of Messiah Lutheran Church or to the Carroll Hospice in Westminster.

Terry W. Smart

Former steel worker

A memorial service for Terry William Smart, a Baltimore native who worked at the Sparrows Point plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. in the late 1960s, will be held at 1 p.m. today at Stillmeadow Christian Church, 5110 Frederick Ave.

Mr. Smart died May 8 at his home in York, Pa., of medical problems related to a history of seizures. He was 47.

His family lived in Maryland, Florida and Virginia as he was growing up. As a young man, he enrolled in a Job Corps program in San Marcos, Texas, where he was trained as a diesel motor engineer and earned his high school equivalency.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Joan Susan Warfield-Smart of York; his mother, Frances Marie Smart Bechtel of Indianapolis; a son, Keith Allen Smart of Baltimore; two stepsons, Donald D. Warfield of Earleville and Bobby Timothy Warfield of North East; a stepdaughter, Jodi Warfield-Bradley of Wilmington, Del.; three sisters, Joan Montgomery of Indianapolis and Linda Smart-Sullivan and Sharon Lee Taylor, both of Baltimore.

The family suggested memorial contributions to a fund for Mr. Smart's burial and the education of his son in care of the Rev. Richard L. Wereley at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239.

George C. Easter Jr.

Shop supervisor

Services for George C. Easter Jr., who retired in 1976 as machine shop supervisor at the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Harry Witzke Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City.

Mr. Easter, who began working at the shipyard in 1941, died Saturday of cancer at his home on Victoria Drive in Ellicott City. He was 78.

The Baltimore native was a member of the Maryland Lodge of the Masons and the Baltimore Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret A. Stout; a daughter, Nancy Kohr of Ocean City; a son, George C. Easter III of Randallstown; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Ruth L. Scarbrough

Dietitian, administrator

Services for Ruth L. Scarbrough, who retired in 1984 as dietitian and food service administrator at the Maryland Rehabilitation Center, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

The resident of Stevenson Lane in Towson died Saturday of cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 69.

Mrs. Scarbrough began working at the vocational rehabilitation center in Baltimore when it opened in 1972.

Earlier, starting in 1952, she worked at the old Maryland Training School for Boys, now the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School.

The former Ruth Ludtke, born in New York City, was a 1944 graduate of Mary Washington College.

After an internship at a veterans' hospital in Chicago, she was a dietitian at veterans' hospitals at Fort Howard and in Peekskill, N.Y.

A former president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Mary Washington College Alumnae Association, she was a member of the Towson Soroptimist Club and Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson.

Her survivors are her husband, John J. Scarbrough; a son, James Ross Scarbrough of Laurel, and a sister, Doris Peterson of Hamden, Conn.

W. L. Gniazdowski

City math teacher

Services for William L. Gniazdowski, who retired in 1982 as a mathematics teacher at Carver Vocational Technical High School, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Gniazdowski, who was 64 and lived on Greenspring Avenue in Mount Washington, died Saturday of pneumonia at Union Memorial Hospital.

Known to his students as "Mr. G," the Baltimore native had a 22-year career in the city's public schools, during which he taught at Pimlico, Greenspring and Garrison junior high schools, Jane Addams Vocational School, Calvert Adult Education Center and five elementary schools.

He was a graduate of City College and the University of Maryland at College Park. He received a master's degree at Loyola College.

He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He was a member of Baltimore's Tower Club, a social group of tall people.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ellen Ann Pimm; two daughters, Valerie Griffith and Toni Coccagna, both of Baltimore; a son, Ryan Gniazdowski of Leadville, Colo.; two sisters, Arnett Vanik of Severna Park and Patricia Poist of Ocean City; a brother, Edward Gniazdowski of Abingdon; and two granddaughters.

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