Bishop John Russell
Led Richmond Diocese
Bishop John Joyce Russell, a Baltimore native who became the 10th bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Va., died March 17 at St. Joseph's Home for the Aged in Richmond, where he lived in retirement.
The 95-year-old bishop, who had been ill with pneumonia, headed the Richmond Diocese from 1958 to 1973 and previously had served for eight years as bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. During most of Bishop Russell's tenure, the Richmond Diocese consisted of most of Virginia and eight West Virginia counties.
He was responsible for opening St. Mary's Hospital; St. John Vianney Preparatory Seminary; and Seton House Maternity Home for Unwed Mothers, in Richmond.
In 1967, he joined Cardinal Lawrence Shehan of Baltimore and 15 other Catholic clergy in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to outlaw state bans on intermarriage. Bishop Russell attended all four sessions of the Vatican II Council from 1962 to 1965 and was influenced by the Ecumenical Movement begun by Pope John XXIII.
He attended St. Charles College in Catonsville and received his master of arts degree in 1920 from St. Mary's Seminary. He later earned a doctorate in sacred theology in 1923 from North American College in Rome.
He was ordained a priest in Rome in 1923 by his uncle, Bishop William T. Russell, bishop of Charleston from 1917 to 1927. Beginning in 1937, he was pastor of St. Ursula's Church for nine years and later became pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Washington.
A Mass of the Resurrection was offered Monday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond.
He is survived by one brother, Monsignor William Joyce Russell of Wheaton.
Dr. Yvonne Johnson
Dr. Yvonne E. Johnson, a native of Baltimore who was a cardiologist in Houston for more than 10 years, died Wednesday of cancer at a hospital there.
Dr. Johnson, 45, was a 1965 graduate of Edmondson High School, a 1970 graduate of Morgan State University and a 1974 graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School.
She did her internship and residency in New York City at Harlem General Hospital and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.
A staff member of three hospitals who also had two offices in Houston, she was a member of the Harris County Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine.
Before leaving Baltimore, Dr. Johnson headed the Morgan chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and was also a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, 718 W. Lafayette Ave., where services were conducted yesterday.
Her survivors include her parents, Irea and Albert Johnson Sr., both of Baltimore; a brother, Albert Johnson Jr. of Houston; two nieces; and a nephew.
Noting her support of the Chemistry Department at Morgan, where she had established a scholarship fund for female chemistry majors interested in medicine, the family suggested memorial donations to the newly renamed Yvonne E. Johnson, M.D., Memorial Scholarship Fund, Morgan State University, 1700 Cold Spring Lane at Hillen Road, Baltimore 21231. Ernest Niederhauser Jr., a planner of underground construction projects for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died Sunday of cancer at his home on Bali Road in Ellicott City. He was 58.
He had worked for BG&E; for 35 years and was a former president of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Association, an employee group. He also headed employee participation in March of Dimes walk-a-thons.
A frequent blood donor, he was a member of the Red Cross Five Gallon Club.
Born in Baltimore, he was a 1953 graduate of City College who then served in the Navy as a radioman for four years. He was a member of the Naval Reserve for 10 years.
He was a member of Emanuel United Methodist Church in Catonsville, where he was a volunteer driver for the elderly.
Services for Mr. Niederhauser were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave. in Catonsville.
He is survived by his wife, the former Velna Jordan; two sons, Michael Ernest Niederhauser of Baltimore and Mark Eric Niederhauser of Westminster; two daughters, Dawn Eileen Dougherty and Julie Nicole Niederhauser, both of Ellicott City; a sister, Juanita Armstrong of Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren.
Sister Mary Charles Jackson, O.S.P., a former elementary school teacher and superior of the local community of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, died Saturday of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 82.
Sister Charles was superior from 1980 until 1984 after ending her teaching career at St. Cecilia's School, where she had been on the faculty since 1978.
In the 1967-1968 school year, she taught at St. Pius V School and had also been on the faculty there from 1942 until 1944, when it was St. Catherine's Academy.
She taught from 1950 until 1952 at St. Monica's School and in 1947 and 1948 at St. Frances Academy.
From 1938 until 1940 and from 1952 until 1955, she taught at St. Peter Claver School in Ridge.
In Washington, she taught at various times at St. Cyprian's School, St. Ann's School and St. Augustine's School. She also taught at schools in Alexandria, Va.; St. Louis; Newark, N.J.; Mound Bayou, La.; Orangeburg and Charleston, S.C.; St. Paul, Minn.; and Miami.
The former Hazel Jackson was a native of New Orleans and was reared in Chicago.
She entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1929 and was a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Charles was to be offered at 7:30 p.m. today in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent, the order's motherhouse at 701 Gun Road in Halethorpe.
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Larry E. Wilson Jr.
Services for Larry E. Wilson Jr., a 16-year-old honor student at the Polytechnic Institute, were conducted yesterday at Israel Baptist Church in Baltimore.
Larry, who lived on East Cold Spring Lane, was shot and killed last Wednesday in the 4400 block of Moravia Road in what his mother described as a robbery.
Born in Baltimore, he attended schools of the Montessori Society of Central Maryland before beginning his studies in the public school system at Gardenville Elementary School. He was a graduate of the advanced academic program at Hamilton Middle School.
He had played the clarinet in the middle school's band and also studied the violin. He completed three summer art courses at the Maryland Institute of Art and also studied at the School 33 Arts Center.
In addition, he had been a member of Boy Scout Troop 144 and an outfielder for the Israel Baptist Angels youth baseball team. At the church, he had also been a member of the Youth Usher Board.
Larry Wilson is survived by his mother, Paula Wilson of Baltimore; his father, Larry E. Wilson Sr. of Randallstown; a sister, Laura Wilson of Baltimore; and a grandmother, Connie Blackwell of Baltimore.
DeWitt C. Baldwin
DeWitt Clair Baldwin, a former Methodist missionary, educator and advocate of world peace, died of cardiac arrest March 16 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
The 94-year-old Rockville resident was founder and director emeritus of the Lisle Fellowship, a student program intended to promote international understanding. For half a century, he directed the program, established in 1936 at Freedom House in New York City and now based in Toledo, Ohio.
As early as 1958, he and his wife, Edna, led what was possibly the first student exchange of the Cold War to the Soviet Union. In the mid-1970s, he promoted the concept of a national academy of peace, which evolved into the 1984 United States Institute of ++ Peace, set up to encourage scholarly studies of international diplomacy and conflict resolution.
Director of the Office of Religious Affairs at the University of Michigan from 1948 to 1968, he also was dean of students and professor of International Education at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, from 1968 to 1970.
He and his wife began their international work in 1923, as missionaries to Rangoon, Burma. Returning to the United States, he was secretary of student work for the Methodist Board of Missions and Church Extension in New York City from 1936 to 1945.
The Verona, N.J., native graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and Garrett Biblical Institute at Northwestern University.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. April 25 at the Rockville United Church.
He is survived by a son, Dr. DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. of Chicago; a sister, Virginia Kinney of Orange City, Fla.; and two granddaughters.
Ray A. Carroll
Ray A. Carroll, a retired carpenter and former automobile salesman in the Baltimore area, died Saturday of lung disease at a hospital in Gainesville, Fla.
He moved to Gainesville from the Idlewylde area of Baltimore County more than seven years ago after retiring as a carpenter who worked for several contractors. Earlier, he had worked for many automobile dealers.
Born in Weston, W.Va., he came to the Baltimore area in the late 1960s after living for a time in Cumberland. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
A member of the Ascension Lutheran Church while living in the Baltimore area, Mr. Carroll was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Gainesville, where services were conducted yesterday.
He is survived by his wife, the former Frances Sanders; two daughters, Janice Carroll Eastes of Hudson, Mass., and Christine Carroll of Atlanta; two brothers, Vincent Carroll of Kissimmee, Fla., and Paul Carroll of Prescott, Ariz.; a sister, Beulah Albaugh of Norman, Okla.; and a granddaughter.
Carl F. Gladden Jr.
Carl F. Gladden Jr., a retired accountant for the General Accounting Office in Washington, died Friday of liver failure at North Arundel Hospital.
He was 75 and lived in Glen Burnie.
He retired in 1982 after 20 years of service with the federal agency. He earlier had worked in truck company offices. A native of Columbia, S.C., he served in the Navy during World War II.
Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Pasadena Assembly of God Church, 206 Pleasant View Ave. in Pasadena.
Mr. Gladden is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Theresa Anselmo; three sons, Robert E. Gladden of Burlington, Mass., and Paul T. and David L. Gladden, both of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a brother, Gene Gladden of Hagerstown; a sister, Rebecca Scott of Burlington, N.C.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Gilbert F. Ciesla
Retired shipping clerk
Gilbert F. Ciesla, a retired shipping clerk and former aircraft industry worker, died Saturday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital.
He was 70 and lived on Edgewood Road in the Loch Raven Village area.
He retired nearly 10 years ago as a shipping clerk for the Filterite Corp. after about 15 years of service. Earlier, he had worked for many years as an installer on airplanes for what is now Martin Marietta Corp.
Born in Baltimore, he saw duty in the European Theater while in the Army during World War II. He reached the rank of corporal. He was a member of the St. Casimir Post of the Catholic War Veterans and of the Sergeant Henry Gunther Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. Casimir's Church in Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife, the former Bertha Lambert; two sons, Frank T. Ciesla of Baldwin and Dennis G. Ciesla of Baltimore; a daughter, Sharon E. Griffen of Edgewood; two sisters, Angela Szymanski of Baltimore and Dolores Bayne of Rosedale; and eight grandchildren.
Mary Jane Bathon
Mary Jane Bathon, a native of Cecil County, died Thursday of heart and respiratory failure at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
She was 68 and lived in Elkton.
The former Mary Jane Long, who was born in Cecilton, was married for 47 years to Philip S. Bathon.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Bathon was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Elkton.
In addition to her husband, her survivors include two sons, Philip S. Bathon Jr. of Ocean City and John Thomas Gerard Bathon of Elkton; seven daughters, Mary Frances McCown of Crystal River, Fla., Jane Konowitz of Sunnyvale, Calif., Helen Zdrojewski of North East, Ann Rambo of Herndon, Va., Mary Virginia Bathon of St. Louis, Barbara Becker of Ijamsville and Joan DiSabatino of Bear, Del.; a brother, Howard T. Long Jr. of Wartrace, Tenn.; and 12 grandchildren.
Lila Mae Frazier
Active in church
Lila Mae Frazier, who worked in her brother's funeral home and was active in many church groups, died Friday of heart failure at Liberty Medical Center.
She was 89 and lived on Lynchester Road in Baltimore.
She worked in the now-defunct Charles A. Rice Funeral Home and also took jobs caring for infants.
She was also active in St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, serving on the board of trustees and as a class leader. At the church, she was also a member of the J. S. Grant Sisterhood, the Lila Mae Frazier Missionary Society, which was named for her in the late 1980s, and other groups.
She had been active in Democratic political campaigns and was an adult leader in the Girl Scouts.
Born in Baltimore, the former Lila Mae Rice was educated in the public schools and the Cortez Peters Business School.
Her husband, William H. Frazier, died in 1969.
A service was to be conducted at 7:15 p.m. today at St. John A.M.E. Church, 810 N. Carrollton Ave., Baltimore.
Mrs. Frazier is survived by a son, Arnett Frazier, and a daughter, Lila O. Shields, both of Baltimore; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the St. John A.M.E. Church Restoration Project.