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James L. Mumford

Mental health aide


James L. Mumford, who managed variety stores and later was an aide who worked with patients at the Upper Shore Community Mental Health Center in Chestertown, died Sunday of cancer at Elsmere Veterans Hospital in Wilmington, Del.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Mumford, who was 72, was to be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Chestertown, where he lived.


He retired in 1991 after working 10 years at the mental health center. Before then, he managed Fox's stores in Chestertown, Centreville and Stevensville.

Before moving to the Eastern Shore in 1955 and going to work for Fox's, he managed G. C. Murphy Co. stores in several cities.

Born in Cleveland and reared in Ashtabula, Ohio, Mr. Mumford served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

He then earned a doctorate at Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. He also completed a G. C. Murphy management training program in McKeesport, Pa.

A member of Sacred Heart Church and the auxiliary of the mental health center, he also belonged to the Frank M. Jarman Post of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Mabel Holden; three sons, Michael J., Steven A. and Mark L. Mumford, all of Chestertown; and a sister, Lenora Farmwald of Lockney, W.Va.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the church or to the auxiliary of the mental health center.

Charles E. Getz


Retired bricklayer

Charles E. Getz, a retired bricklayer, died Monday of complications of circulatory disease at Harbor Hospital Center.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Getz, who was 83 and moved from Brooklyn to Ferndale 20 years ago, was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Fourth Street and Washburn Avenue.

A member of Local 1 of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Mr. Getz retired in 1965 after working for many contractors during his 50 years in the trade.

He helped to build and later to repoint the Bromo Seltzer Tower and also worked on the first Harbor Tunnel and at St. John's College in Annapolis.

The Baltimore native served in the Army in the Philippines during World War II.


His wife, the former Esther Whitaker, died in 1976.

He is survived by three daughters, Dorothea Cohen of Glen Burnie, Patricia Bresnahan of Boston and Phyllis Crutchfield of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Frank P. Palmer Sr.

Retired longshoreman

Frank P. Palmer Sr., a retired longshoreman, died Friday of cancer at Memorial Hospital at Easton.

Services for the 65-year-old American Corner resident were conducted yesterday.


He retired in 1989 after working in Baltimore for 20 years as a member of Local 333 of the International Longshoremen's Association.

Born and reared in the Preston area, he moved to Baltimore after serving in the Army during World War II and the Korean War.

He was a former member of the Blake Blackston Post of the American Legion in Easton.

A former master of the Friendship Lodge of the Prince Hall Masons in Baltimore, he was also a member of the Keystone chapter of the Royal Arch Masons, the Scottish Rite and Jerusalem Temple.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Earthalene Green; three sons, Quinton and Frank P. Palmer Jr., both of Baltimore, and Anthony Palmer of Philadelphia; five daughters, Gwendolyn Palmer of Denton, and Lenore Thomas, Pearline Turner, Inez Palmer and Barbara Anderson, all of Baltimore; his mother, Sarah Peoples of Federalsburg; a sister, Lillian Johnson of Baltimore; 23 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Nancy Lynn Laska


Nurse at Hopkins

Nancy Lynn Laska, a senior clinical nurse in the general operating room at Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Saturday of a brain tumor at the hospital.

Services for the 42-year-old Aberdeen resident were conducted yesterday.

She had been a nurse at Hopkins since 1975, working earlier in the pediatric research and intensive care sections of the hospital.

Born in Panama, where her father was serving as an Army officer, she moved to Aberdeen as a child with her family and was a graduate of Aberdeen High School.

She was a graduate of the nursing program at Essex Community College and later earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.


She is survived by her mother, Betty Laska of Aberdeen; and a sister, Louise Laska of Towson.

E. Alma Lambdin

Resided in Towson

Elizabeth Alma Lambdin, 77, a longtime Towson resident and widow of the state's first legislative auditor, died of Huntington's disease Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

The former Elizabeth Alma Campen was born in Baltimore. In 1937, she married her childhood sweetheart, Pierce J. Lambdin. They moved to Towson in 1952.


Her husband, a former president of the Maryland chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society of America -- the debilitating disease his wife had -- died in October 1990.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Towson.

She is survived by three daughters, Susan Beattie of Exton, Pa., Kathleen Lindenstruth of Towson and Ann Beetz of Baltimore; two sons, Robert Lambdin of Baltimore and James Lambdin of Phoenix, Md.; a sister, Eileen Jubb of Cumberland; and 11 grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Huntington's Disease Society of America, Maryland chapter, 618 Dale Ave., Baltimore 21206.

William S. Kenny Jr.

Westinghouse employee


William S. Kenny Jr., a Westinghouse Electric Corp. retiree who competed in triathlons, died Friday after a brief illness.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Kenny, 59, was offered Tuesday.

The longtime Linthicum Heights resident worked 36 years at Westinghouse before retiring in 1990.

An avid runner, he competed in many triathlons and 10K races and was director of the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis. Other hobbies included photography and camping, which he combined for a tour of the Grand Canyon last year. He described the tour as the "trip of a lifetime."

The Baltimore native grew up in East Baltimore and graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School. A Navy veteran, he served in the Mediterranean and South Atlantic during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Dorothy Henneman; three daughters, Carol Parce of Pocomoke City, and Celeste and Catherine Kenny, both of Glen Burnie; three sons, Bruce Kenny of Catonsville, James Kenny of Baltimore and Joseph Kenny of Linthicum; a sister, Vickie Sheehan of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.


The family suggested memorial contributions to the St. Agnes Hospital Tree of Life Oncology Division or the American Cancer Society.

Michael Haas

Retired mechanic

Michael Haas, a retired oil burner mechanic, died Saturday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital.

Services for the 88-year-old Ferndale resident were held yesterday.

Mr. Haas retired in 1969 from the C. Hoffberger Co., where he had worked for more that 25 years. During World War II, he served on merchant ships.


He was fond of playing cards and fishing and was a member of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church and the Linthicum chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons and was active at the Pascal Senior Center.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy R. Schoolden; two daughters, Margaret Ankudowicz of Flagler Beach, Fla., and JTC Michaele Srock of Severn; and four grandchildren.

S. Jack DiFatta

Retired nurseryman

S. Jack DiFatta, a retired nurseryman, died early Monday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications of leukemia.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. DiFatta, 70, was offered yesterday.


He retired in 1965 as owner of the Harford Nurseries, which he had operated for about 15 years. Earlier, he had worked for his father's home-building business.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Calvert Hall College and was an Army glider pilot during World War II. After moving to Stella Maris Hospice in 1982, he planted and cared for flower beds in front of the main building.

His wife, the former M. Lucille Rowland, died in 1967.

He is survived by three daughters, Jacqueline M. Lampell of Catonsville, Dana Jean Adams of Parkton and Rosemary M. DiFatta of Parkville; a sister, Marie Smith of Hallandale, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions could be made to the Stella Maris Garden Fund.

Mark M. Cassidy


Stamp collector

Retired Army Lt. Col. Mark M. Cassidy, a stamp collector and former president of the Baltimore Philatelic Society, died Sunday at a hospital in Columbia, Mo., of complications of injuries from a fall.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Cassidy, 88, who moved from Severna Park to Camdenton, Mo., 20 years ago, was celebrated yesterday. Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1960 at Fort Meade after 28 years of service. In addition to assignments at military posts in the Baltimore area, he taught military science and tactics at the Johns Hopkins University in the late 1950s.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., he attended St. Mary's College in Kansas and the University of Maryland.

He was an officer or board member of the Baltimore Philatelic Society from 1959 until 1972.


A life member of both the Baltimore society and the American Philatelic Society, he also belonged to the Germany Philatelic Society, the American Helvetia Philatelic Society and the British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy M. Farrar; two sons, Mark Michael Cassidy of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Patrick K. Cassidy of Towson; three daughters, Judith Colletti of El Paso, Texas, Jeanne Holmes of Pasadena, Md., and Cassandra Killion of San Diego; three brothers, Albert Cassidy of Maumee, Ohio, Louis J. Cassidy of Kansas City, Mo., and Robert F. Cassidy of Kansas City, Kan.; two sisters, Margaret Higgins of Pasadena, Calif., and Dorothy Pendleton of Roanoke, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Roman J. Verhaalen

Dean at Hopkins

Roman J. Verhaalen, retired dean of the Evening College and Summer Session at the Johns Hopkins University, died Sept. 28 of heart disease at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dr. Verhaalen, who was 74, moved to Sun Village, Ariz., after his retirement in 1982.


He had headed the two programs at Hopkins for 12 years.

While he was dean, the Evening College, now the School of Continuing Studies, offered its first doctoral programs in education and expanded other graduate programs in addition to holding classes off campus. The college's enrollment grew by 28 percent to more than 9,000 students under his stewardship.

From 1964 until 1970, he served in several posts at West Virginia University, including dean of a graduate center and of extension services.

He earlier taught courses in adult education at the University of Wyoming and at Kansas State University, where he headed continuing education services.

He served on the board of the National University Extension Association and was a recipient of the Walton S. Bittner Award of the National University Continuing Education Association.

Born in Saukville, Wis., Dr. Verhaalen earned bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate at the University of Wyoming, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred Repaska; and three daughters, Joan Clements of Costa Mesa, Calif., Marylyn Quick of Overland Park, Kan., and Carina Verhaalen of Uppsala, Sweden.

Services for Dr. Verhaalen were conducted Oct. 3 in Sun Village.