Rev. W. P. Anna Jr.Rector in BeltsvilleThe...

Rev. W. P. Anna Jr.

Rector in Beltsville


The Rev. William Peter Anna Jr., retired rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Beltsville, died Thursday at the Episcopal Church Home in Alhambra, Calif., of Parkinson's disease. He was 87.

He joined the church as rector in 1945. He retired in 1979 and moved to Long Beach, Calif.


From 1960 to 1961, he was chaplain on the medical ship SS Hope. He began his career in 1933 at a parish in Scottsbluff, Neb. In 1939, he moved to a parish in Hastings, Minn., where he was rector until 1941.

The native of Warren, Pa., received his early education there. He earned his bachelor's degree from Allegheny College in 1929 and was a 1933 graduate of the General Theological Seminary. He continued his education at Catholic University and received a master's degree in library science from Syracuse University in 1945.

In 1935, he married the former Mary Elizabeth Green, who died this year.

A memorial service was set for 10 a.m. today at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Long Beach.

He is survived by a son, Peter Anna of Leonardo, N.J.; two daughters, Sarah Savell of Long Beach and Mary Ruksznisof Savigliano,Italy; a sister, Lois Merritt of Horton, Mich.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family suggested contributions to the Anna Fund, St. John's Episcopal Church, Beltsville, Md. 20705.

Ruby Ruth Russell

Private duty nurse


Ruby Ruth Russell, a retired private duty nurse, died Monday of heart failure at the Meridian Nursing Center-Severna Park.

The 95-year-old Severna Park resident retired in 1973 after many years as a licensed practical nurse in homes and hospitals in the Baltimore area. The former Ruby Ruth Carnell was a native of Charlottesville, Va.

Three times widowed, she was married to William Lawson, Herbert E. Richards and Joseph R. Russell.

She was a member of the Glen Burnie Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Services were set for 2 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

She is survived by a daughter, Ruth E. Gunther of Annapolis; a son, retired Army Col. William F. Lawson of Norfolk, Va.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


Sister Eileen

Cared for children

Sister Mary Eileen Barrins, R.S.M., who spent many years caring for children before becoming a school secretary, died Sunday of kidney failure at Mercy Medical Center.

Sister Eileen, 74, lived at the Villa in Pinehurst since her retirement in 1990 from the Shrine of the Sacred Heart School in Mount Washington.

Earlier, she worked at St. Vincent's Male Orphanage and then at Villa Maria, caring for children at both institutions.

Born in County Sligo, Ireland, the former Bridget Eileen Barrins was educated and trained as a bookkeeper in that country. She came to the United States as a young woman and worked in New York City before joining the Sisters of Mercy in 1954.


A Mass of the Resurrection was set for 10:30 a.m. today at the villa, 6806 Bellona Ave.

She is survived by two sisters, Philomena Culkin of Silver Spring and Mary Hallinan of Ireland.


Walter J. Lynch

General sales manager

Walter J. Lynch, a general sales manager for automobile dealers before he retired in the late 1970s, died Sunday of pneumonia at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.


The 78-year-old Arnold resident last worked for the Ken Dixon Chevrolet-Buick dealership in Waldorf. A decade earlier, he worked for other dealers, including Thorpe Chevrolet in Annapolis and Lustine Chevrolet in Hyattsville.

Born and reared in New York City, he came to this area in the early 1950s as a regional sales manager for a sugar company.

He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Ritchie Highway and Cypress Creek Road, Severna Park.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Gloria Bouthilette; a son, Navy Capt. Peter G. Lynch of Newport, R.I.; a daughter, Mary Sue Baker of Severn; and three grandchildren.