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Mark Patrick Groner, Maryland state trooper

Tfc. Mark Patrick Groner, 24, of Easton died Thursday in an automobile accident while responding to an emergency in Dorchester County.


Services for Trooper Groner, a native of Baltimore, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow with police department honors at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

Trooper Groner graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 1986. He also attended Towson State University for one year as a music major.


His hobbies included softball and volleyball.

He was a Washington Redskins fan and enjoyed watching the games with his stepfather, Dale Burd.

"He was very dedicated to the police force," Mr. Burd said. "He made an excellent trooper."

He was appointed to the Maryland State Police Academy in October 1988 and graduated in April 1989. He was then assigned to the Easton barracks.

He was promoted on Feb. 19 this year.

He was a Specialist E-4 with the Maryland Army National Guard and played the tuba in the 229th Army National Guard Band.

He had played the tuba since elementary school.

In addition to his stepfather, he is survived by his mother, Patricia Foster Burd of Owings Mills; and a stepbrother, Harvey Harold Groner Jr. of Baltimore.


Brothers and sisters include Lisa Lynn Groner of Owings Mills; Harvey H. Groner III, stationed in the Army in Savannah, Ga.; Larry Wolfe of Charlottesville, Va.; Margo Cleveland of Owings Mills; and Allison Burd and Stephen Burd of Albuquerque, N.M.

The family suggested memorial contributions to COPS, 9423-A Upper Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro 20772.

Dora Sharp Coard, a bridge life master who once worked as a secretary, died Sept. 24 of cancer at the Manor Care-Ruxton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A memorial service for Mrs. Coard, who was 87 and lived in Rodgers Forge, was conducted yesterday.

Mrs. Coard was a former president of the Women's Bridge

League and was named a Life Master by the American Contract Bridge League.


She taught bridge for many years, and played in a tournament two months ago.

A traveler who visited about 65 countries, many of them several times, she toured the former Soviet Union three years ago.

Over the past six years, she knitted nearly 6,000 baby caps for the Rodgers Forge Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons to distribute to local hospitals.

During World War II, she knitted a sweater a week for the Navy and also repaired overcoats that were given to orphans, took in a refugee family and was a United Service Organizations volunteer.

The former Dora Sharp was a native of Baltimore who, as an elementary school student, was one of the children who made up the 1914 human flag at Fort McHenry in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

She graduated from Eastern High School in 1921 and, after graduating from the Baltimore Business College, worked as a secretary for the historian who headed Baltimore's celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of Maryland.


Living alone and driving her own car until her final illness, she particularly liked to tell jokes to her friends and claimed her sense of humor as her only accomplishment.

Her husband of 41 years, T. Ralph Coard, a retired district manager for the Prudential Insurance Co., died in 1981.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy B. McKnight of Fork; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Welfare Fund of the Second Presbyterian Church.

Beatrice Blanchard

Clothing sales clerk


Beatrice Elisabeth Blanchard, a retired women's clothing sales clerk, died Wednesday of pneumonia at the Carroll County General Hospital.

Services for the 80-year-old Carroll Lutheran Village resident were conducted at 10 a.m. yesterday at the Pritts Funeral Home in Westminster.

She worked in the Stewart and Co. store in the Westview Mall before it closed in 1983. The former Beatrice Elisabeth Silberzahn was a native of Baltimore and lived in Woodlawn for many years before moving to Westminster two years ago.

Her survivors include three sisters, Margaret Silberzahn, Lillian Kerne and Ann Richter, all of Towson; a brother, George Silberzahn of Baltimore and two nephews.

Carole Ann Kellner

Recreation director


Carole Ann Kellner, a former recreation director in Prince George's County who operated a landscaping business with her husband, died Thursday of cancer at her home in Gambrills.

Services for Mrs. Kellner, who was 41, were conducted yesterday.

The former Carole Ann Rigdon was a native of Harford County who was reared in Joppa.

She graduated from Edgewood High School and, in 1973, from the University of Maryland at College Park.

She worked for the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission in Prince George's before she and her husband started Green Horizons Landscaping, which operates out of their Gambrills home.

She was a member of the Belcroft Bible Church in Bowie and the Bible Study Fellowship.


She enjoyed softball, skiing and tennis.

She is survived by her husband, Rick D. Kellner; two sons, David J. and Jesse D. Kellner; and a daughter, Anna R. Kellner. All are of Gambrills.

Other survivors include her parents, James and Anna Marie Rigdon of Joppa; and a sister, Joan Bowers of Richmond, Va.

Harmon E. Mullins

Railroad engineer

Harmon E. Mullins, a retired engineer for the Western Maryland Railway, died Thursday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital.


Services for Mr. Mullins, who was 85 and lived on Idlewood Street in Glen Burnie, were conducted yesterday.

He retired in 1972 as a train engineer after 22 years of service with the railroad.

Born in West Virginia, he worked as miner there before coming to the Baltimore area over 40 years ago.

He was a member of the Sincerity Lodge of the Masons.

His wife, the former Balma L. Young, died in 1991.

He is survived by three daughters, H. Rosalie McMullen of Baltimore, L. Geraldine Buxenstein of Baltimore Highlands and E. Colleen Throckmorton of Glen Burnie; four sisters, Gladys Young of Shreveport, La., Madge Pritchard of Madison, W.Va., Ruby Tucker of Morro Bay, Calif., and Jean Smith of Holly hill, Fla.; a brother, Stanley Mullins of Ridgeview, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


James G. Stratakis

Diner owner, developer

James G. Stratakis, a Baltimore restaurant owner and commercial real estate developer, died Friday of congestive heart failure at his home in Towson.

Services for Mr. Stratakis will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved to Baltimore in 1941, working at the New York Diner in Essex, a family business started by his father.

During World War II, he served as an Army sergeant with the military police from 1942 to 1945 in the European theater.


In 1954 he opened the Essex Diner on Eastern Avenue. Three years later he opened the Towson Diner on York Road, which is still family-owned.

He also ventured into real estate, becoming a commercial real estate developer.

Two of his sisters worked in the business with him.

He married the former Georgia Gorant of Youngstown, Ohio, in 1955.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Annette Paterkis of Baltimore; a son, Gus Stratakis of Baltimore; three sisters, Katherine Strakes, Mary Antonakos and Jean Spotts, all of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Greek Cathedral of the Annunciation or to Cardiac Unit 34 at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.


Leslie Rippel

Editor, traveler

Leslie Rippel, a Baltimore native who lived in Westport, Conn., died Aug. 27 of breast cancer at a hospital in Norwalk, Conn.

A memorial service for Ms. Rippel, 37, will be conducted as part of the 11 a.m. service today at the Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church, Winans Way and Edmondson Avenue.

She and her husband, Martin A. Fox, had lived in Westport for the past six years.

She was a member of the Westport Historical Society and was active in the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School.


From 1978 until 1986, she worked in New York City as an editor for Doubleday Books, as an account executive at Hicks and Geist Advertising, and in other posts for American Express and the Playtex Marketing Co.

The Baltimore native, a graduate of the Samuel Ready School, had spent one summer at the American School in Switzerland, speaking only French.

A 1976 graduate of Wellesley College, she earned a master's degree in business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978.

She was fond of traveling, visiting, for pleasure or business, Europe, Mexico, Bermuda, Hawaii and many places in the continental United States.

She was particularly fond of Nantucket, which she visited shortly before her death.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two sons, Marshall and Nathaniel Fox, both of Westport; her parents, George and Betty Rippel of Ellicott City; a brother, George Rippel Jr. of Columbia; and her maternal grandmother, Alma Mueller of Ellicott City.


The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

Robert K. Dahlstrom, a physicist and a member of the original staff of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, died Sept. 24 of respiratory failure at a hospital in Seattle.

Private services were held for Dr. Dahlstrom, who was 83 and lived in Silver Spring before his retirement in 1978 as chief analyst in the Howard County laboratory's Strategic Systems Department.

In 1961, he received the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award for his work on the Polaris missile.

An expert on ramjet engines, weapons system development and evaluation, and missile testing, he also worked on the Talos guided missile, the Poseidon and Trident missiles and other weapons.

Born in Eau Claire, Wis., he earned his bachelor's degree and doctorate at the University of Washington in Seattle.


After finishing his studies, he joined the faculty at Eastern Washington College in Cheney from 1935 until 1942.

In April 1942, he joined the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, D.C.

He moved later that year to the Hopkins laboratory, which was then in Silver Spring. There, he developed a radio proximity fuse for anti-aircraft shells that was used during World War II.

His first wife, the former Vivian Robbie, died in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Nelson MacDougall; two sons, Bruce R. Dahlstrom of Seattle and Robert K. Dahlstrom Jr. of Silver Spring; two stepdaughters, Mary-Keith Deacon of Seattle and Heather MacDougall of San Francisco; a sister, Dorothea Bogue of Portola Valley, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Robert Kirchner Dahlstrom Fund in the Department of Physics of the University of Washington.


Jane B. Prouse

Dance teacher, artist

Jane B. Prouse, a retired dance teacher, who also painted and did sculpture, died Sept. 24 at her home on Shelley Road in Towson of a pancreatic tumor.

Services for Mrs. Prouse, 78, were Sept. 27.

She retired two decades ago after teaching dancing for many years in Baltimore County recreation programs in Parkville and Perry Hall and, before that, at her own school, the Jane Bates Studio, on Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore.

The former Jane Bates was a native of Cleveland who moved to Baltimore with her family and graduated from Eastern High School.


After her retirement, she studied painting and sculpture at the Schuler School of Fine Art.

She was fond of playing Scrabble and bridge.

Her husband, Vernon Prouse, is a retired freight traffic executive of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.

She and her husband served as volunteer leaders at weekly Saturday night Parkville Teen Center Dances.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include a son, Don Prouse of Towson; a daughter, Sybil MacBeth of Virginia Beach; and four grandchildren.

Helen R. Geraghty


Active in church

Helen Ryan Geraghty, who had been active in the Altar Society at Our Lady of the Chesapeake Church in Lake Shore, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Villa Aviat in Childs, the convent of the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales, to which her daughter belongs.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at the chapel of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in Childs, an order of priests and brothers with the same founder as the sisters. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Baltimore National Cemetery, 5501 Frederick Ave.

The former Helen Ryan was a native of Washington who was married in 1925 to an Army officer, Michael J. Geraghty. They settled in Anne Arundel County after Colonel Geraghty retired in the mid-1950s as post commander at Fort Meade.

Colonel Geraghty died in 1968, but she remained at her North Shore home until 1985, when she moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community, where she lived for four years before moving to the convent.

She is survived by her daughter, Sister Mary Paul, O.S.F.S., of Childs.


The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales in Childs.

Sister Eunice


Sister Mary Eunice North, S.S.N.D., who taught in Baltimore and other schools in Maryland, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, at 6401 N. Charles St.

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Eunice, who was 82, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel at the motherhouse.

She had lived in retirement at the motherhouse since 1986. Before that, she had worked in the convent at the Institute of Notre Dame. Earlier, she was a part-time teacher at St. John's School in Frederick.


From 1956 until 1979, she taught fifth- to eighth-grade classes at the Notre Dame Preparatory School. She also taught at Blessed Sacrament School in Baltimore; St. Mary's School in Annapolis; St. Mary's School in Bryantown, Charles County; St. Charles School in Ellicott City; and schools in New York, Washington and Philadelphia.

The former Mary North was a native of McKees Rocks, Pa., and was reared in Baltimore, where she attended the Institute of Notre Dame before graduating from Seton High School.

She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1929 and earned a bachelor's degree at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She also studied at Fordham University, Villanova University, and the Catholic University of America.

She is survived by a sister, Anna Kelly of Baltimore, and several nieces and nephews.