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Edward L. Rubin

Housing Authority staffer

Edward L. Rubin, who worked for the Baltimore Housing Authority for most of its existence, died Friday of pneumonia after a long illness at North Oaks Retirement Home in Pikesville. He was 83.

Mr. Rubin worked for 45 years for the Housing Authority, from its formation after World War II until his retirement in 1991. He handled legal and insurance issues.

During World War II, he worked in the Office of Price Administration and established rent controls in Baltimore and New York City.

Mr. Rubin was a devotee of jazz, especially its early period. He was the Baltimore correspondent for Orchestra World magazine and an acquaintance of bandleader Tommy Dorsey and vocalist Jack Leonard.

The Baltimore native was an original resident of the Village of Cross Keys in North Baltimore, where he lived before moving to the retirement community two years ago.

He was a 1927 graduate of Baltimore City College and earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore.

Graveside services were conducted yesterday at B'nai Israel Cemetery.

Mr. Rubin is survived by a brother, Gilbert V. Rubin of Baltimore, and two nephews.

Ronald A. Garrett

Technical illustrator

Ronald Arthur Garrett, a technical illustrator for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, died of a heart attack Thursday at Franklin Square Hospital. He was 52.

Starting when he was 18, Mr. Garrett had used photographs, his own hand, and in more recent years, computers to do illustrations for the Hopkins medical school, mainly for researchers.

His illustrations appeared in the National Geographic magazine and Russian medical journals as well as many American medical journals.

Mr. Garrett, a Baltimore native, was educated in the Baltimore public school system, graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

A resident of Rosedale, he was president of the Kings Court Community Association during the mid-1980s.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Leonard J. Ruck Inc., 5305 Harford Road, Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, the former Donna Holliday; two daughters, Sandra Kleiner of Howard Air Force Base, Panama, and Barbara Lang, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; his mother, Dolores Knighton of Baltimore; four sisters, Gail Knighton of Baltimore, Dona Simmons of Kingsville, Robin Newton of De Funiak Springs, Fla., and Beth Stover of Fallston; a brother, Samuel Garrett of Clearwater, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Dr. J. P. Szczepaniak

Retired physician

Dr. John P. Szczepaniak, a graduate of St. Joseph's College and the Hahnemann University School of Medicine, died Feb. 17 at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa.

The 78-year-old physician, whose daughter, Jane C. Szczepaniak, lives in Linthicum, retired from the medical staffs of Haverford State Hospital and the medical dispensary of the Philadelphia Naval Yard in 1980.

A general practitioner for a time in Philadelphia and Chester, Pa., he served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy in World War II. Much of his time after retirement was spent visiting his daughter in Maryland.

Others survivors include his wife, Jane Szczepaniak; another daughter, Judith S. Cahill of Wilmington, Del.; four sons, John P. Szczepaniak of Wallingford, Pa., Joseph D. Szczepaniak of Glenside, Pa., James J. Szczepaniak of West Chester, Pa., and Jerome M. Szczepaniak of Wallingford, Pa.; and 14 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered at St. Hedwig's Church in Chester, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John P. Szczepaniak Memorial Fund, Development Office, St. Joseph's University, 5600 City Line Ave., Philadelphia 19131 or to St. Hedwig's Church, Fourth and Hayes Street, Chester, Pa. 19013.

Effie M. Waters

Retired city worker

Effie Margaret Waters, a retired supervisor for the Baltimore Department of Social Services, died Thursday of complications from surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Mrs. Waters, 66, retired in the mid-1980s after working for the city government for 25 years.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and earned a degree in history from Morgan State University in 1962. She was a member of the Fulton Baptist Church and active in the Les Bonnes Amis Social Club.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave., Baltimore.

Mrs. Waters is survived by her husband of 49 years, James Calvin Waters; two daughters, Carolyn Waters Rich of Newport News, Va., and Carla Waters of Baltimore; a son, Calvin Waters of Baltimore; a brother Andrew Harvey Jr. of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Norman F. Dennis

Funeral home owner

Norman F. Dennis, owner of the Dennis Funeral Home in Snow Hill, died Saturday after a heart attack at his home in Snow Hill.

Mr. Dennis, 62, had owned the business since the death of its founder, his father, in 1963. He also had worked for his father for about a decade earlier.

Born in Pittsville, he was a graduate of Snow Hill High School, Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington and the Cincinnati College of Embalming. He served in the Marine Corps in the early 1950s.

The former Snow Hill councilman served nearly 18 years on the Worcester County Sanitary Commission. Mr. Dennis also had belonged to the Snow Hill Post of the American Legion and the Snow Hill Rotary Club. He was a member of the Whatcoat United Methodist Church.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife, the former Pat L. Jones; a daughter, Bonnie Dennis Dean of Salisbury; three sons, G. Phillip Kunzelman of Burtonsville, Norman F. Dennis Jr. of Georgetown, Del., and Brian Dennis of Salisbury; a brother, Clay E. Dennis Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

Elizabeth Rudacille

Edgemere resident

Elizabeth Anna Rudacille, who lived in Edgemere for the past 50 years and worked as a Sparrows Point firefighter during World War II, died of heart disease Saturday at Franklin Square Hospital. She was 82.

"I always remember my mother giving to other people," said Ralph Rudacille, one of her five sons. "When people in the neighborhood were sick she'd go over and clean their house and cook dinner for them. She did this up through her 70s -- she could barely walk across the street because her legs were going bad, but she'd still go if she thought she could help."

Although much of Mrs. Rudacille's strength came from her religion, her family said, cheerful giving was simply a part of her personality.

The daughter of a steel foreman, she was born Elizabeth Lindemann on North Caroline Street in Baltimore and moved to Sparrows Point in grade school. After the seventh grade she left school and later worked as a waitress at the Tin Mill Restaurant, a lunch room at Bethlehem Steel.

She met and fell in love with steel worker Elmer L. Rudacille, and in 1927 they were married in Elkton. Mr. Rudacille died in 1972.

During World War II, when many of the able men in Sparrows Point and Edgemere were in the service, Mrs. Rudacille worked in her community as a firefighter. She later took a job as a box-packer with a welding company and also for the Rheem water heater company when it made ammunition on North Point Boulevard.

In her middle years, Mrs. Rudacille organized annual family picnics.

In addition to Ralph Rudacille of Rossville, she is survived by four other sons, Benjamin Rudacille of Jarrettsville; Raymond Rudacille, Elmer L. Rudacille Jr., and Roger Rudacille, all of Edgemere; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services for Mrs. Rudacille, who spent seven decades in southeastern Baltimore County, were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Bethel Assembly of God, 7360 Waldman Ave. in Edgemere.

Memorial contributions to honor Elizabeth Anna Rudacille are being accepted by Bethel Assembly of God, 7360 Waldman Ave, Edgemere 21219.

Robert Owen Weller

Timonium resident

Robert Owen Weller, a marketing service manager for generator firms, died Saturday at his Timonium home.

The 53-year-old Purlington Road resident worked for Cummins Chesapeake Inc. and for the Curtis Engine & Equipment Co. for the past five years. Earlier, he had worked for EIL Instruments Inc. Before coming to the Baltimore area in 1976, he had worked for Multi-Amp Corp. in Dallas.

The Westfield, N.J., native was a graduate of Rutgers University and had a master's degree in business administration from Columbia University.

A memorial service was to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Timonium United Methodist Church, Pot Spring and Chantry roads.

Mr. Weller is survived by his wife, the former Laura Orth; three daughters, Laura Amy Weller, Katherine Margaret Weller and Julie Ann Weller; and two sons, David Scott Weller and Robert Orth Weller. All are of Timonium.

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