Mary F. WoltmonFormer nurseMary Frances Woltmon, a...


Mary F. Woltmon

Former nurse

Mary Frances Woltmon, a former nurse who had multiple sclerosis for about 26 years, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at Church Hospital. She was 53.

Ms. Woltmon was a registered nurse at the old Baltimore City Hospitals -- now the Francis Scott Key Medical Center -- when she was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease.

After graduating in 1961 from the then-Church Home and Hospital nursing school, she worked as a registered nurse for nine years.

Her first job was at Church, before a brief move to California. On her return to the Baltimore area, Ms. Woltmon worked for a Dundalk doctor about a year before taking a job at City Hospitals.

She enjoyed making latch-hook rugs. A latch-hook mural of a religious scene she made hangs on the wall of First Christian Church of Glen Burnie, where she was a member for more than 20 years.

For the past 4 1/2 years, Ms. Woltmon also bowled in the Hopeful Wheeler bowling league at Fair Lanes Southdale. She was also an avid Orioles fan.

Family members said she enjoyed writing, and had written two published articles and an unpublished mystery novel.

Ms. Woltmon graduated from Sparrows Point High School in 1957. She moved to Glen Burnie in 1969. In recent years, she had lived at Greenery Extended Care Center, a nursing home in Baltimore.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today at the Glen Burnie church, at 320 Oak Manor Drive.

Ms. Woltmon is survived by her mother, Frances Ratsch also at the Greenery Extended Care Center; a daughter, Dawn M. Mazur of Pasadena; a son, Eric D. Woltmon of Pasadena; two brothers, Herbert Ratsch and Eric Ratsch, both of Pasadena; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1055 Taylor Ave., Towson 21286.

Olive V. D. Paca

Telephone supervisor

Olive Virginia DeCatur Paca, a retired telephone company supervisor and widow of attorney John Philemon Paca V, died Friday at Union Memorial Hospital after a bronchial illness of several weeks' duration. She was 81.

Mrs. Paca was born in Washington, the daughter of the late Benjamin Harrison DeCatur and Minnie Moore "Limerick" Decatur of Washington. The family moved to Cleveland about 1915 and returned to Washington several years later.

She was an employee of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. for several decades, starting as an operator and later becoming a supervisor in the preparation of the telephone directory.

Married for a short time many years ago, she wed Mr. Paca in November 1983. They lived in Baltimore until his death in July. Mr. Paca was a direct descendant of William Paca, one of Maryland's four signers of the Declaration of Independence, and practiced law in Maryland for nearly 70 years.

The Pacas were members of St. Michael and All Angels' Protestant Episcopal Church. Mrs. Paca also belonged to the Maryland Historical Society and the Garden Club of the English Speaking Union. She was a former member of St. Mary's Protestant Episcopal Church of Arlington, Va., with which she maintained an affiliation after moving to Baltimore.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral home, 6500 York Road. A memorial service also was planned for May 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Glebe Road and Old Dominion Drive in Arlington.

Mrs. Paca is survived by seven cousins.

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