A. K. ShaughnessyHomemaker was 104Adelaide Kratzer Shaughnessy,...

A. K. Shaughnessy

Homemaker was 104


Adelaide Kratzer Shaughnessy, 104, a longtime Chestertown resident and homemaker, died Saturday of heart failure at Magnolia Hall Nursing and Convalescent Home, where she had lived since 1985.

Born during the administration of President Benjamin Harrison, she grew up in Clearfield, Pa., where her father was a merchant. She attended school there and studied in Baltimore in 1907 at what is now Notre Dame Preparatory School.


In 1912, her father moved the family to a farm at Quaker Neck, on the Chester River near Chestertown.

In 1922, she married Charles B. Shaughnessy, who was a professor of modern languages at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg from 1926 until his death in 1960.

After her husband's death, she returned to Chestertown and in 1964 purchased the historic Telescope House on Mill Street and furnished the 18th-century house with Chippendale furniture.

She founded the Silver Fancy Garden Club in Emmitsburg and continued her interest in gardening by growing roses at her Chestertown home. She was a member of a duplicate bridge club in Chestertown for more than 30 years.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 508 W. High St. in Chestertown. Interment will be in the Chester Cemetery there.

She is survived by a sister, Josephine Carvill of Boca Raton, Fla.; and eight nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial donations may be made to the Scared Heart Church.

Thaddeus Pasek Sr.


Decorated firefighter

Thaddeus V. Pasek Sr., 71, a retired city fire lieutenant who was cited three times for rescuing people from fires, died of cancer Tuesday at his home on Kentucky Avenue.

Since his 1974 retirement as a lieutenant with Engine 19 on the city's east side, Mr. Pasek had been a maintenance mechanic for the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank -- most recently on a part-time basis. A Baltimore native who was educated in the public schools, Mr. Pasek joined the Navy at 17 during World War II and saw action as a boatswain's mate aboard a destroyer in the Pacific.

He was awarded the Purple Heart for shrapnel and other leg wounds received when his ship was torpedoed and he was thrown into the water, only to be washed back aboard by a wave. He became a petty officer second class.

He began his firefighting career in 1949, assigned to Engine 55 in Southwest Baltimore. He also had been a pump operator with Hose Company 5 in East Baltimore.

He received citations in 1959, for pulling a 2-year-old child from a crib at a fire on North Montford Avenue; in 1964, for saving three people on East North Avenue; and in 1965, for taking four children, ranging in ages from 4 months to 4 years, from a home on Sapp Street.


From 1946 until 1974, he also worked for Hess Shoes, making repairs to orthopedic shoes.

At St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, he helped cook turkey and spaghetti suppers and was a volunteer maintenance supervisor.

A Mass of Christian burial is set for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the church, 3615 Harford Road, Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Mildred L. Drozd; a son, the Rev. Timothy Pasek, O.F.M. Conv., of Elmhurst, N.Y.; a daughter, Christine Higgins of Baltimore; a brother, Carl Pasek of Baltimore; two sisters, Vera Ruzin and Gloria Zubrowski, both of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

T. Chakrabarti



Tapobrata Chakrabarti, vice president of an engineering firm in Towson, died Tuesday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of pancreatitis.

The 51-year-old Cockeysville resident joined George William Stephens Jr. and Associates in 1970 and did the civil engineering work for several commercial and industrial developments in the Baltimore area.

Born in what is now Bangladesh, he was a 1965 graduate of the Bengal Engineering College near Calcutta, India, and then worked for the Calcutta Metropolitan Planning organization. In 1969, he entered Brigham Young University, where he was awarded a master's degree in civil engineering in 1970.

His professional memberships included the National Society of Professional Engineers and the County Engineers Association of Maryland.

A former president of Prantik Inc., which is the Bengali association of Maryland, he was a member of its board and an adviser to the Greater Baltimore Temple Committee, which seeks a Hindu temple here.

Services are to be conducted at noon tomorrow at the Evans Funeral Chapel, 2325 York Road, Timonium.


Mr. Chakrabarti is survived by his wife, the former Indrani Roy; a daughter, Preetha Chakrabarti of Cockeysville; a son, Arup Chakrabarti of Cockeysville; and his mother, Ila Chakrabarti, four brothers and a sister, all of Calcutta.

The family suggested that memorial charitable contributions might be made through Prantik Inc., 2416 Burlwood Road, Timonium 21093.