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Rev. Samuel WillisProbation officerThe Rev. Samuel H....


Rev. Samuel Willis

Probation officer

The Rev. Samuel H. Willis, a retired probation officer and associate minister of Nicodemus Baptist Church, died Monday of heart failure at the Veterans Hospital in Baltimore.

Mr. Willis, who was 44 and lived on Westmont Avenue, was associate minister at Nicodemus for about 12 years. He had long been active in the congregation and earlier at St. John and New Shiloh Baptist churches. A baritone, he particularly liked to sing in the choirs.

Three years ago, he retired from the Maryland Department of Parole and Probation after 20 years of service that began with the Department of Social Services.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1966 graduate of Edmondson High School and served in the Army in the late 1960s. He earned an associate's degree from what was then Community College of Baltimore, a bachelor's degree from University of Baltimore and a master's degree in religious studies from the Maryland Theological Seminary and College.

Services for Mr. Willis were to be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today at Leadenhall Baptist Church, 1021 Leadenhall St. in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Vivian Harris; a daughter, Tracey Edwards of Owings Mills; two sons, Jason and Stafford Willis, both of Baltimore; his mother, Ethel Ray Brown of Baltimore; three sisters, Juanita Morton and Karen and Angela Jennings, all of Baltimore; and three grandchildren. Elizabeth Beatrice Bennett, a beloved employee of a Baltimore family, died Saturday of heart disease at her home on Mary Avenue. She was 87.

Born in Anacostia, Va., as Beatrice Angela Bennett, she was orphaned as an infant and lived in several foster homes and institutions, including the House of the Good Shepherd, which she entered in 1924 and where she was called Elizabeth.

In 1942, she began working for the Freiert family and in 1953 went to work for Dr. Robert J. and Anita Freiert Lyden. She helped rear the couple's nine children and was accepted as a member of the family.

A Mass of Christian burial for Miss Bennett was to be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation, 5212 McCormick Ave. in Rosedale.

She is survived by Dr. and Mrs. Lyden of Rosedale; the Lydens' sons, Robert J. Lyden Jr. of Dundalk, Michael A. Lyden of Rosedale and Patrick J. Lyden of Boudry, Switzerland; their daughters, Noel Lyden Diaz of Baltimore, Camille Lyden Kane, Rebecca Lyden Dietrich and A. Susan Lyden, all of Parkville, Mia R. Lyden of Owings Mills and Debbie Lyden Nizer of Finksburg; and their nine grandchildren.

Virginia D. Hoskins

Retired art teacher

Virginia Donelson Hoskins, who retired in the mid-1960s as an art teacher at Eastern High School, died Monday of heart failure at Roland Park Place, where she had lived for about five years. She was 87.

She taught art in Baltimore public schools, although not continuously, for 19 years before she retired.

Born in Baltimore, the former Virginia Donelson was a graduate of Western High School and of what is now Towson State University. She later earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree from Columbia University.

A resident of North Baltimore for many years, she belonged to the Three Arts Club of Homeland. She had been a volunteer at the Nearly New Shop at St. David's Episcopal Church and for Meals on Wheels.

Her husband, H. Stanhope Hoskins, a retired mathematics teacher at Polytechnic Institute, died in 1991.

A memorial service for Mrs. Hoskins was to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave. in Baltimore.

She is survived by two daughters, Jane Bollman of Towson and Anne Bonk of Lake Forest, Ill.; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to St. David's Church or any charity.

John Patrick Lee

Medical center worker

John Patrick Lee, who retired two years ago as an employee of the University of Maryland Medical Center, died Tuesday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore of complications after surgery.

He was 63 and lived on North Kenwood Avenue in Baltimore.

He worked for 17 years at the University of Maryland Medical Center, first in the medical records department and then as a data utilization specialist at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he also acted as liaison for patients and their families.

He retired in 1967 as a sergeant first class in the Army Medical Corps. During his 22 years of service, he saw duty in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

He was a member of the Triple Nickel Association, a group of veterans of an airborne unit in which he served.

Born in Emmitsburg, he was educated in public schools there and in nearby Pennsylvania.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Lee is to be offered at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Bernardine's Roman Catholic Church, 3812 Edmondson Ave. in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marlene Brown; a daughter, Michelle Lee of Baltimore; three sons, John, Rodney and Phillip Lee, all of Baltimore; a brother, Floyd Lee of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; five sisters, Ella Williams of Baltimore, Marguerite Williams of Taneytown, Betty Frealing and Mary Patrick, both of Gettysburg, Pa., and Emily Millen of Philadelphia; and three grandchildren.

Hugh V. Cochrane, executive in retail stores

Hugh V. Cochrane, a retired retailing executive who was controller of the now-defunct Stewart & Co. department stores, died Wednesday after an apparent heart attack at his home in Norwalk, Conn. He was 60.

He retired in December as chief financial officer of Seaman's Furniture, a retail chain with headquarters in Uniondale, N.Y.

In 1986, he retired as vice chairman of Gimbel Bros. in New York City.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Boys' Latin School. He attended the University of Virginia before he graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He then worked in Baltimore, first for the accounting firm of Touche Ross and then at Stewart's, which he left in the mid-1960s to become treasurer of the Joseph Horne Co. in Pittsburgh.

A memorial service for Mr. Cochrane was to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Darien, Conn.

His survivors include his wife, the former Alice Elizabeth Haggerty; three sons, Laurence and Hugh Cochrane, both of Norwalk, and Allan Cochrane of Darien; and three brothers, N. Blair H. Cochrane of Baltimore, L. Stewart Cochrane of Glenmoore, Pa., and Richard W. Cochrane of Santa Barbara, Calif.

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