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Sister Margaret Curran

Education director

Sister Margaret Therese Curran, PHOTOS.S.N.D., who was director of religious education at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church on Harford Road, died yesterday of cancer at the congregation's motherhouse in Baltimore.

The Baltimore native was 60.

Sister Margaret was the daughter of the late J. Joseph Curran Sr., the longtime city councilman from Northeast Baltimore's 3rd District, and the late Catherine Mary Curran.

She studied at the Blessed Sacrament School and graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame in 1950, then entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame as an aspirant. She took her final vows in 1953.

Sister Margaret had assignments at missions in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, D.C. She had also taught elementary grades at St. Margaret's School in Bel Air, St. Charles Borromeo in Pikesville, St. John's in Frederick and St. Benedict's and St. Mary's of Govans, both in Baltimore. She had also been religious director at Our Lady of Fatima on East Pratt Street.

She was a member for many years of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

"She loved Irish parades, Hibernian meetings and Irish culture," said her brother, J. Joseph Curran Jr., state attorney general. "She loved the church, and she loved her family. She was a very good sister and aunt."

Visitations were set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse, 6401 N. Charles St. in Towson. A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel.

She is survived by two other brothers, City Councilman Martin E. "Mike" Curran and Robert W. Curran of Baltimore; five nieces and two nephews.

The family suggested memorial contributions may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21212.

Irene Baker Walker, a retired division chief in the federal Agency for International Development who lived in College Park for many years, died Monday of kidney failure at a nursing home in Stoughton, Wis.

Mrs. Walker, who was 87, retired in 1972. She had moved to Madison, Wis., 18 months ago.

She went to work for the federal government in Washington in the 1930s, first as a clerk in the Works Progress Administration, ,, then as a statistician and analyst in the Rural Electrification Administration. During World War II, she worked on the procurement of leather shoes for the War Production Board.

She held several jobs briefly after the war, then went to work with the Marshall Plan and other predecessors of AID. She also worked for AID as an economist -- helping the countries of Belgium, Luxembourg, Turkey and South Korea -- and as Far East regional program manager.

In 1963, she organized and chaired a workshop in the Philippines on the "Role of Women in Rural Affairs" attended by women from 15 developing nations. In 1968, she was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 13th Pan American Child Conference in Ecuador. She also taught history at Goucher College in 1938 and later taught other subjects at the AID Career Development School and the Defense Department's Military Assistance Institute.

Born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the former Irene Elizabeth Baker was reared in Edgemont in Washington County and in Waynesboro, Pa. She graduated in 1927 from Goucher College and a year later earned a master's degree in history at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Later, she did graduate work at Wisconsin and at American University in Washington.

She was the first woman to head the Washington Chapter of the Society for International Development and was a former president of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Gamma Fraternity for graduate students and professional people at American University.

She also was president of the Goucher Alumni Club in Washington and of the corporation that owned the Delta Gamma Sorority house at the University of Maryland. For more than 50 years, she had been a member of the College Park branch of the American Association of University Women.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Olin L. Molesworth Funeral Home in Damascus. Friends may call there for two hours before the service. A memorial service is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at University United Methodist Church in College Park.

She is survived by her husband, Earnest A. Walker; a daughter, Elizabeth Gill of Madison, and a brother, Herbert W. Baker of Waynesboro.

Courtney Bickerton

State employee

Courtney H. Bickerton, a retired supervisor in the state Department of Employment Security, died Monday of cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The 83-year-old Joppa resident retired two decades ago after processing unemployment compensation claims since 1953. He also worked for the state agency briefly between World War II and the Korean War, a period during which he also worked for a time in the finance office of the Military District of Washington.

He joined the Army in 1940 and completed officer candidate school at Duke University and Army Finance School at Fort Holabird. He left the service after World War II, returning for the Korean War and reaching the rank of Finance Corps captain.

The Petit Kodiac, New Brunswick, native was reared in Ipswich, Mass., where he graduated from high school. He did farm work, then was a clerk for Boston Stock Exchange before joining the Army. He was a former member of the St. Mathias Episcopal Church vestry in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Charlotte B. Eltermann; two daughters, Margaret I. Bickerton of Baltimore and Susan E. Cahill of Towson; and a granddaughter.

Private services were planned.

Cecelia 'Toots' Ball

Mill Hill homemaker

Cecelia "Toots" Ball, 84, a homemaker, died Sept. 23 of cancer at her Southwest Baltimore home.

The former Cecelia Heintz was a lifelong resident of Mill Hill and attended city schools. Until her 1930 marriage to E. Alan Ball Sr., she was a proofreader at Reed and Taylor, a bindery and printing business. Mr. Ball, superintendent of the city schools repair shop, died in 1970.

Mrs. Ball was a member of the Mill Hill Improvement Association, the Sodality of St. Benedict Church and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and was one of the four founders of the Ladies of Charity at St. Benedict, where for 25 years she laundered weekly the vestments of the priest at the church.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Sept. 27 at St. Benedict.

Mrs. Ball also is survived by a sister, Loretta Folcarelli of Catonsville; a son, E. Alan Ball Jr. of Randallstown; and three grandchildren.

The family said memorial contributions may be made to the St. Benedict Church Building Fund, 2612 Wilkens Ave., Baltimore 21223.

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