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Helen K. Lyons

Department store worker

Helen K. Lyons, a retired depart- PHOTOment store worker, 77, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at the Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center.

She retired in 1978 from the Leggett department store, where she had worked since 1966 in the office of the store then located in the Westminster Shopping Center on Route 140. It was the second time she had worked for the chain, having worked from 1939 to 1941 in the Franklin, Va., store.

The former Helen G. Knight was born in Courtland, Va., where she graduated from high school in 1934 and business school in Franklin in 1936. She came to Baltimore in 1943 to work in the office of Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Fairfield shipyard, where Liberty ships were built for the war effort. From 1945 to 1948, she worked for the U.S. Maritime Administration.

In 1952, she and J. Herbert Lyons Sr. were married and the couple moved to Randallstown. There, she worked for several years in a real estate office before they moved to Westminster in 1966.

She enjoyed painting in oils, knitting and made her own clothes. She and her husband were members of a bridge club that met for 40 years. She also was a participant in a weekly bridge gathering at the Elks Lodge and was an enthusiastic Orioles fan.

She was a member of the Westminster United Methodist Church and was a life member of the Carroll County General Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She also was a past matron of the Woodlawn Chapter No. 101 Order of the Eastern Star and was a member of the Ladies of the Elks Lodge No.2277.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today t the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. Interment will be in Mount Olive Church Cemetery in Randallstown.

She also is survived by two sons, James H. Lyons Jr. of Urbana, Ill., and William S. Lyons of Catonsville; a daughter, Lydia L. Iddings of Lutherville; a sister, Sallie K. Miller of Shannondale, W.Va.; a granddaughter; a nephew; and numerous nieces and a grand-niece.

The family suggested memorial contributions may be made to the Carroll County General Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Memorial Avenue, Westminster 21157; or the Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St., Westminster 21157. Sister Mary Alberta Kirby, R.S.M., a retired business office secretary at Mount St. Agnes College and a former teacher, died Wednesday of heart and circulatory disease at Mercy Medical Center.

Sister Alberta, 91, retired in 1974 and moved to the Villa, a retirement community for sisters, where she did office work for several more years.

Before joining the college staff, she taught for many years in Baltimore and Washington schools.

Born in Baltimore, the former Helen Elizabeth Kirby was educated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Elementary School, Mount St. Agnes High School and Mount St. Agnes College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1954. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1924.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Villa, 6806 Bellona Ave. Sister Alberta is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Dorothy Hoffmeister

Club golf champion

Dorothy Adele Hoffmeister, who was women's golf champion at the Rolling Road Country Club several times, died Monday of heart failure at a Newport News, Va., hospital.

Mrs. Hoffmeister, who was 82 and lived in Bohannon, Va., was a standout in women's golf in the Baltimore area in the 1940s and 1950s.

The former Dorothy Adele Bayrle was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Western High. Her husband of 54 years, Walter Hoffmeister, a retired lieutenant in the Baltimore Police Department, died in 1989.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at the Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home in Mathews, Va.

She is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Hoffmeister Lang of Bohannon; two sisters, Ruth Hartman of Hampstead and Edith McGlone of Towson; a brother, Richard Bayrle of Perry Hall; and five grandchildren.

Josephine Bruette

Operating room nurse

Josephine M. Bruette, a certified operating room nurse at the Franklin Square Hospital, died Monday at a hospital in Goldsboro, N.C., after suffering a heart attack while visiting relatives.

The 54-year-old Rosedale resident had stopped in North Carolina while returning from a vacation trip to Florida.

Three years ago, she had gone back to work at Franklin Square where she had worked after graduating from the hospital's nursing school. Before then, she had worked at Mercy Medical Center for two years and at St. Joseph Hospital for eight years.

A native of New York City who came to the Baltimore area with her family in 1949, the former Josephine M. Walsh was a 1957 graduate of Catonsville High. She belonged to the Association of Operating Room Nurses and to the National Campers and Hikers Association.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Ambrose Funeral Home, 1328 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus.

Mrs. Bruette is survived by her husband, Gilbert L. Bruette; two daughters, Lisa and Amy Scollo of Dundalk; a sister, Ruth D. Allen of Glen Burnie; and a brother, Richard A. Walsh of Arnold.

John T. Dushel

Laundry worker

John T. Dushel, who was a routeman for a laundry and dry cleaning firm in the Pasadena area, died last Sunday in a Virginia Beach, Va., nursing home of complications of a broken hip.

Mr. Dushel, 86, moved to Virginia Beach in 1991. Until then, he had lived in Chester in Queen Anne's County since 1973, moving there after he retired.

In Chester, he was a volunteer for nearly 15 years at bingo games sponsored by St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church. As a young man, the Baltimore native sold produce from a horse and wagon in the city.

His wife, the former Mary Di Domenico, died in 1981. A son, Thomas F. Dushel, died in 1987.

A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church in Chester.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary F. Cathey of Virginia Beach; a daughter-in-law, Katherine Dushel of Chester; two sisters, Helen Kucera and Catherine Zaras, both of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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