A. Ronald SantoBaltimore attorneyA. Ronald Santo, a...


A. Ronald Santo

Baltimore attorney

A. Ronald Santo, a Baltimore attorney with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home. He was 57.

Mr. Santo had worked for the department's Office of the Inspector General since 1974. He was counsel to the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971 and 1972, was an assistant state's attorney for Baltimore for two years beginning in 1968 and was deputy clerk of the Criminal Court of Baltimore from 1963 to 1967.

He was a native of Graceland Park in East Baltimore and an avid soccer player for Patterson Park High School, where he graduated in 1954. He worked for Western Electric Co. for several years after graduation until joining the Army as a cryptographer with the Signal Corps, serving tours of duty in Korea in 1958 and the Philippines in 1959.

He graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1963 and received his law degree in 1966 from the University of Baltimore, where he met his future wife, Irene Bednarek.

A former president of the Young Men's Democratic Club in East Baltimore, Mr. Santo was a member of the Maryland Bar Association and the Baltimore City Bar Association. He was also an active member of a number of national and local watch and clock associations.

"He loved old things. He just enjoyed putting old ones together and finding old clocks and restoring them," his wife said. "He just became interested in old things. He appreciated their beauty, rather than the new items they sell today."

His hobbies included antique furniture, reading and operatic and classical music. He also enjoyed traveling and visiting museums.

Mrs. Santo described her husband of 21 years as a man who would do anything for anyone in need. "He was a good neighbor. He was well-liked by everybody," she said.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Santo is survived by a daughter, Kristina Alane Santo; a son, A. Ronald Santo Jr.; his mother, Alma Hessenauer Santo of Baltimore; two sisters, Carole Derus of Baltimore and Claire Romine of California; and six nieces and nephews.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Rosary Church, 408 S. Chester St. in Baltimore.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the building renovation fund for Holy Rosary Church, 408 S. Chester St., Baltimore 21231.

Mary Gibbs


Mary Macdonald Gibbs, a lifetime Baltimore resident, died Friday of heart failure at Roland Park Place, a retirement center. She was 78.

Mrs. Gibbs was a member of the Mount Vernon Club and the women's Committee of the Maryland Historical Society. She volunteered at Union Memorial Hospital, where she helped in the canteen, and at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was active in the hospital's secondhand shop. She also served on the Altar Guild of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Gibbs had a collection of antiques and more than 50 dolls from around the world. She was known for her sense of humor and love of children.

Mrs. Gibbs, was born Mary Josephine Macdonald in Baltimore in 1914 and graduated from Greenwood School in 1933. In 1934, she married W. T. Dixon Gibbs, who owned Gibbs & Co., a canning company on Boston Street. He died in 1984.

Mrs. Gibbs is survived by two sons, John S. Gibbs IV of Baltimore and W. T. Dixon Gibbs Jr. of Stevenson; a daughter, Mary Gibbs Piper of Baltimore; a sister, Eleanor Marston of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St.

The family suggested contributions to Emmanuel Episcopal Church or the Irvine Natural Science Center of the St. Timothy's School in Stevenson.

Chester Nowakowski

Mechanical operator

Chester Vincent Nowakowski, a retired city mechanical operator, died Thursday of a stroke at Good Samaritan Nursing Center. He was 72.

Mr. Nowakowski was a mechanical operator for the Baltimore City government from 1969 until retiring in 1981. He was born in Baltimore and graduated in 1938 from Patterson Park High School, where he lettered in soccer, football and baseball. He attended Baltimore Junior College for three years.

Mr. Nowakowski gave many years of his life to organizing, coaching and managing Little League baseball and soccer. He was a co-manager and coach at St. Elizabeth's Rectory with William C. Newman, now auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, producing a baseball team that at one time won the Catholic Youth Organization city championships.

"That was his life," said his wife of 52 years, the former Veronica Mildred Meyer. "He couldn't have been a better father, and he was one to all the kids."

He also coached at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where he helped such players as Tim Wittman develop and enter the professional soccer ranks.

He volunteered for politicians, including William Donald Schaefer and Frank Gallagher, helping pass out leaflets on street corners and keeping track of votes from one poll to the next during elections.

He was also an avid duckpin bowler, holding a 200-point game average before he had a stroke in April 1992.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Nowakowski is survived by four sons, Chester Vincent Nowak Jr. of Severna Park, Donald Anthony Nowakowski of New Jersey, Kenneth Charles Nowakowski of Baltimore and Michael Allan Nowak of Baltimore County; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 3615 Harford Road.

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