Martin A. Dinisio
Liquor board inspector
Martin A. Dinisio, a contractor and chief inspector for the Baltimore liquor board, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital as the result of a stroke last Thursday after heart surgery.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Dinisio, who was 71 and lived on Greenhill Avenue in Hamilton, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Frankford Ave.
Mr. Dinisio became a part-time investigator for the liquor board in 1971 and a full-time inspector in 1979.
He spent two years as assistant chief inspector before being appointed chief inspector in 1987.
Aaron L. Stansbury, executive secretary of the liquor board, described him as "a very conscientious worker," well-known and liked throughout the state as a member of the Maryland State Association of Alcohol Beverage License Administrators.
Mr. Dinisio was active in Northeast Baltimore Democratic politics and worked closely with state Sen. John A. Pica Jr. of Baltimore.
For 40 years, Mr. Dinisio owned a construction business that built homes and small commercial buildings. After he began working full time at the liquor board, he operated the business part time.
He had worked earlier as a joiner at the Coast Guard yard and, during World War II, served in the Navy.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Dinisio continued to pursue his education as an adult, most recently in courses on computers and earlier in engineering courses at the Johns Hopkins University.
A former commander of the Rosedale Post of the American Legion, he had also been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Marie Hopp; two daughters, Mary Jean Marzano and Lisa Stallings, both of Baltimore; two sons, Martin J. Dinisio and Anthony Dinisio, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Albert Dinisio of Baltimore and Thomas Dinisio of Rosedale; and eight grandchildren.
Irma Elaine Swift Widgeon, who became active in volunteer work after caring for children at home and retiring as a teacher's aide, died of cancer Monday at Maryland General Hospital.
Services for Mrs. Widgeon, who was 75 and lived in the Bolton North Apartments, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St.
The former Irma Elaine Swift was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Douglass High School.
She lived in the 900 block of Harlem Ave. for many years and was known as "Aunt Irma" while providing day care for children at her home from 1957 to 1963.
She then worked as an aide in city elementary schools, retiring about 10 years ago.
At New Shiloh Baptist Church,she was a volunteer in the food co-operative and attended the Saturday church school.
She began her volunteer work in the 1960s at the former Crownsville State Hospital.
She later volunteered with the A.M.E. Christian School, the Union Baptist Head Start program, the Commission on Aging and Retirement Education, the Health and Welfare Council of Maryland and the Liberty Medical Center.
Mrs. Widgeon received many citations and other awards for her work with the various organizations.
She is survived by a son, Edward Baron Widgeon Sr. of Catonsville; a daughter, Pam Yvette Widgeon of Baltimore; a brother, William Swift of Baltimore; and a grandson.
Nancy Lynn Briggs-Eierman, a retired Johns Hopkins Hospital nurse, died there Monday of complications to multiple sclerosis.
Services for Mrs. Briggs-Eierman, who was 49 and lived on West Lorraine Avenue in Remington, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road, Severna Park.
Mrs. Briggs-Eierman retired because of her illness after nursing AIDS patients at Hopkins.
She had earned an associate's degree in nursing in 1988 at the Baltimore City Community College, where she earned an A in each of her courses.
The former Nancy Lynn Briggs was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Towson High School.
She is survived by her husband, Edward J. Eierman; two sons, William H. Pullin of Ellicott City and Jeremy Pullin of Baltimore; a daughter, Lisa L. Pullin of Baltimore; her parents, William and Ruth Briggs of Pasadena; two sisters, Ruth Fandek of Philadelphia and Billie Sue Briggs of Wilkes Barre, Pa.; two brothers, Gary Briggs of Lynchburg, Tenn., and Craig Briggs of Pasadena; and four grandchildren.
Dorothy Hall Wolfe
Dorothy Hall Wolfe, who practiced law with her father as a young woman, died of pneumonia Monday at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville.
A memorial service for Mrs. Wolfe, who was 90 and lived at Broadmead, at 13801 York Road, for six years, will be held there Sept. 12 at 11 a.m.
The former Dorothy Hall was born in Baltimore and was a graduate of Girls' Latin School, Goucher College and the University of Maryland law school.
She practiced law briefly in the office of her father, the late William Purnell Hall Sr.
Later, she was active at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church and served on the board of the Presbyterian Home.
Her husband, John H. Wolfe, retired as vice president of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. before his death in 1981.
She is survived by three sons, John H. Wolfe Jr. of Towson, Richard L. Wolfe of Baltimore and William P. Wolfe of Nashua, N.H.; a daughter, Betsy Mitchell of Chevy Chase; two brothers, William PurnellHall Jr. of Broadmead and William Barnes Hall of Naples, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
La Rue Schwallenberg, retired assistant director of public health nurses in Baltimore County, died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications from pneumonia.
Services for Miss Schwallenberg, who was 75 and lived on Long Green Road in Glenarm, were conducted Tuesday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home.
She retired in 1979 from the Baltimore County Heath Department. Previously, she had been assistant director of nursing at Mount Wilson State Hospital and at Sinai Hos- pital.
She also had taught at the nursing school of University Hospital.
Born in Annapolis, she was a graduate of Annapolis High School and the Maryland General Hospital nursing school.
She earned a bachelor's degree at Case Western Reserve University and a master's degree at the University of Maryland.
During World War II, she served in Panama with the Army Nurse Corps, rising to captain.
She began doing volunteer work for the Red Cross in 1939 and earlier this year was given its Outstanding Donor Chairman Award for her work on blood-collection drives in Jacksonville, Baltimore County. She was a member of the Maryland Nurses Association.
She is survived by two brothers, Donald Schwallenberg of Annapolis and William Schwallenberg of Huntingtown, and three sisters, Lucille Wood of Bel Air, Catherine Koch of Annapolis and Ethel Ferguson of Downingtown, Pa.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Red Cross, the Augsburg Lutheran Home, or St. John's Lutheran Church of Blenheim.
Margaret K. Litz
Margaret Kramer Litz, who retired as a Baltimore school teacher 27 years ago, died Wednesday of kidney failure at the age of 90 at her home on Broxton Road.
Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.
Much of Mrs. Litz's 39-year teaching career was at the Guilford Elementary School. She often taught fifth- or sixth-grade classes and was a demonstration teacher for college students majoring in education.
A native of the Freeland area who was raised in Baltimore, the former Margaret Kramer was a graduate of Eastern High School and what is now Towson State University.
She was a member for many years of First and St. Stephen's United Church of Christ.
Her husband, Francis E. Litz, emeritus professor of English literature at Catholic University in Washington, died in 1989.
She is survived by two stepsons, M. Eugene Litz of Towson and Francis E. Litz Jr. of Baltimore; three sisters, Marie E. Kramer of Towson, Kay Pollock of Baltimore and Ethel M. Bradshaw of Florida; a brother, William H. Kramer of Florida; and a grandson.