Katherine ChenowithHomemakerKatherine M. Chenowith, 84, a homemaker...

Katherine Chenowith



Katherine M. Chenowith, 84, a homemaker and former Northeast Baltimore resident, died Thursday of heart failure at University General Hospital in Seminole, Fla.

The former Kentucky Avenue resident moved to Pinellas Park, near St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1970.


Born in Freeland, she was reared near Hampden and received her early education at Roland Park Elementary. She started working for the Martha Washington Candy Co., a Baltimore confectionery chain, in 1923 and managed its store in the 5100 block of Park Heights Ave., near the Pimlico Theater, until she left in 1931 to become a homemaker.

In 1928, she married Charles L. Chenowith, who worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant. He died in 1978.

"She was devoted to her family and loved cooking," said her daughter, Mary "Betty" Turner of Baltimore.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Pinellas Park.

She also is survived by two sons, Charles L. Chenowith of Edgewood and James L. Chenowith of Manchester; a brother, William T. Kelley of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to First United Methodist Church, 9025 49th St. North, Pinellas Park, Fla., 34666.

Frances G. Gattuso

C&P; employee, singer


Frances G. Gattuso, a former singer and phone company employee, died Saturday of cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The 70-year-old Cockeysville resident retired in 1984 after 20 years with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., where she worked in billing and accounting.

Born and reared in Dundalk, the former Frances G. Doyle was a 1937 graduate of St. Rita's Catholic School and a 1941 graduate of Sparrows Point High School.

During the 1930s, she was a performer on children's shows on Baltimore radio stations. During World War II, she traveled the East Coast with a United Service Organizations troupe, entertaining servicemen from "Boston to Florida," according to a family member. After the war, she continued performing and singing with several different troupes until she and Dr. Joseph W. Gattuso were married in 1950.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Gattuso is survived by three sons, Dr. Joseph W. Gattuso Jr. of Altoona, Pa., Dr. David B. Gattuso of Edgerton, Wis., and Dr. Robert L. Gattuso of Timonium; a daughter, Barbara E. McDaniels of Parkton; a brother, Robert Doyle of Overlea; and 11 grandchildren.


The family suggested that memorial contributions might be made to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, White Marsh 21162; or to the Autism Society of America, Suite 503, 8601 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring 20910.

B. L. Dwojeski-Phipps

Federal drug agent

Becky L. Dwojeski-Phipps, a native of Baltimore and a special agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, was killed Thursday in an automobile accident at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia.

Mrs. Dwojeski-Phipps, who was 34 and maintained homes in Montclair, Va., and Marlton, N.J., had been an instructor since early 1991 in the international training section of the DEA's training office at Quantico. She joined the DEA in 1983 and worked in Newark, N.J., before she was transferred to the Virginia post.

A graduate of Kenwood High School and, in 1980, of the University of Maryland at College Park, she did clerical work for the FBI in the Baltimore-Washington area before transferring to the DEA.


Services were set for 12:30 p.m. today in the base chapel at Quantico.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne C. Phipps; her mother, Rosemary Goloway of Richmond, Texas; her father, Leo Dwojeski of Baltimore; a sister, Sally Dwojeski of Baltimore; a brother, Carl Dwojeski of Baltimore; her stepfather, Stanley Goloway of Richmond, Texas; a stepbrother, William Goloway, also of Richmond; and a stepsister, Jenny Goloway of Tuckahoe, N.Y.

Helen Rein

Hospital volunteer

Helen Rein, who was a volunteer at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore for 42 years, died there Saturday of a respiratory illness.

The 88-year-old Roland Park Place resident lived in Original Northwood for many years.


Though always a volunteer whose assignments included the gift shop and the front desk at the hospital, she had worked there for many years on a nearly full-time basis.

The former Helen Bradford was a native of Baltimore who was educated in the public schools and at a business college. As a young woman, she worked as a secretary in the offices of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. Her husband, Howard E. Rein, died in 1982, and her daughter, Carol Bradford Cole, died in 1981.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road. Survivors include her granddaughter, Lindsay Cole Eckert of Rodgers Forge; and two great-granddaughters.

Laverne R. Parker

Computer programmer

Laverne R. Parker, a Baltimore native and retired computer programmer at the National Security Agency, died Saturday of heart disease at her Apollo Beach, Fla., home.


Mrs. Parker, 65, retired in 1978 and was a member of NSA's Phoenix Society. She lived in Ferndale and then Millersville before moving to Florida in 1980. The former Laverne R. Drimal was a 1946 graduate of Patterson Park High School.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at noon Friday at the Beall- Evans Funeral Home in Bowie.

She is survived by her husband, Geoffrey K. Parker; a son, G. Keith Parker of Coral Springs, Fla.; three daughters, Jennifer Rauth of Crofton, Sharon Hepburn of Lexington Park, and Cheryl Nelson of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Ruth Travers Elgin

Westgate native

Ruth Travers Elgin, who was active in the Westgate community in Southwest Baltimore, died Sunday of heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital.


The 96-year-old Westgate Road resident was a member of the Westgate Community Association and a source of information on the early days of the area. She was also a member, since 1949, of the West Baltimore United Methodist Church.

The former Ruth Travers and Baltimore native is survived by several cousins. Her husband, Leroy Elgin, died in 1972.

Services are at 10 a.m. tomorrow at West Baltimore United Methodist Church, 5130 Greenwich Ave.