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Mary M. McCotter

Data processor

Mary M. McCotter, a retired data processing worker and homemaker, died Tuesday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. The longtime Parkville resident was 69.

She retired in 1990 after a 20-year career as a data processor for Shillcraft Inc., a mail order crafts business. Earlier, she had worked in a similar capacity for the Gulf American Land Corp.

The former Mary M. Beegle was born in Westminster and reared in Baltimore. She attended city schools and was a graduate of Eastern High School.

In 1942, she married Hugh B. McCotter, a maintenance worker at Noxell Corp. He died in 1978.

She enjoyed crocheting and entertaining, and "loved to cook," said a son, Richard G. McCotter of Parkville, a newsroom employee of The Sun.

Services were set for 11 a.m. todayat the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, with interment at Parkwood Cemetery, 3310 Taylor Ave.

Survivors include another son, Ronald H. McCotter of Baltimore; a daughter, Shirley M. Falter of Perry, Mich.; a stepson, Maurice Patrick of Upperco; three brothers, John R. Beegle of Newport News, Va., Carl S. Beegle of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Charles G. Beegle of Hampden; a sister, Mabel A. Newton of Edgewood; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236.

Sister Mary Regis

Former principal

Sister Mary Regis Fitzpatrick, O.S.F., a former teacher and principal who retired about 20 years ago after an assignment as secretary and bookkeeper at St. Francis School for Special Education on Maryland Avenue, died Tuesday of pneumonia at a hospital in Norfolk, Va. She was 96.

Sister Regis, who lived at the motherhouse of her order at 3725 Ellerslie Ave., became ill while visiting a sister in Norfolk.

She had taught in Richmond, Va.; Wilmington, N.C.; and New York City, and had been principal of two schools in Norfolk, where she was stationed from 1956 to 1964.

The Norfolk native joined the Franciscan Sisters of Baltimore at the age of 26.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at the motherhouse.

In addition to her sister, Margaret F. Hebert of Norfolk, survivors include 10 nieces; seven nephews; and 88 grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Myron H. Bates

Federal worker

Myron H. Bates, a retired contract specialist for the federal Health Care Financing Administration, died Dec. 13 of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 68.

The Perry Hall resident moved to the Baltimore area in 1960 as a disability examiner for the Social Security Administration.

Earlier, he had worked for the Red Cross as a field representative to several chapters in Connecticut and as a field director at military posts in the United States, the Philippines and with the 1st Marine Division in Korea.

Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Mr. Bates served in the Navy during World War II.

A 1950 graduate of Transylvania University in Kentucky, he did graduate work at Indiana University.

He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and treasurer of Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, where a memorial service was set for 3 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife, the former Filomena LaGuardia; three sons, David E. Bates of Perry Hall, Steven M. Bates of Catonsville and Stuart R. Bates of Baltimore; three daughters, Linda M. Severson of Martinez, Ga., Patricia J. Bates of Unionville, Pa., and Roberta V. Bates of Perry Hall; a brother, David R. Bates of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Betty S. Dalo

Retired nursing director

Betty S. Dalo, retired director of nursing at the Rosewood Center, died Wednesday at a hospital in Orlando, Fla., after a blood vessel burst. She was 70.

She had moved to Titusville, Fla., from Reisterstown 14 years ago after retiring from Rosewood, where she had worked for 25 years.

Before joining Rosewood, she was director of nursing at the zTC Berwick Hospital in Pennsylvania.

A native of Berwick, the former Betty Spaide earned a degree in nursing at Mercy College in Bloomsburg, Pa.

During World War II, she served in the Army Nurse Corps, attaining the rank of captain.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Brevard Memorial Funeral Home in Sharpes, Fla.

She is survived by her husband, Ambrose Dalo; two sons, David D. Dalo of Annapolis and Ambrose J. Dalo Jr. of Merritt Island, Fla.; two daughters, Judith D. Sydnor of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Joan E. Dalo of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; a sister, Beverly Hutchinson of Berwick; and five grandchildren.

Charles R. Georgius

State banking official

Charles R. Georgius, retired deputy Maryland banking commissioner, died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications of myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease. He was 74.

He had moved from Randallstown to Littlestown, Pa., nearly five years ago.

Mr. Georgius retired in 1987 as deputy banking commissioner, shortly after serving as acting commissioner for two years. He had worked for the state for nearly 40 years.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Forest Park High School and University of Baltimore. During World War II, he served in Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army.

While living in Randallstown, he was a member of Epworth Chapel United Methodist Church. In Pennsylvania, he was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Services were set for 10 a.m. to day at Barts Centenary United Methodist Church in Littlestown.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred Hooker; three daughters, Kathleen Post of Germantown, Barbara San Martin of Davie, Fla., and Alice Caltrider of Westminster; a son, Charles R. Georgius Jr. of Mount Airy; a brother, John Georgius of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a sister, Jane Messersmith of Crapo ; and four grandchildren.

Richard H. Wright

Worked for AT&T;

Richard H. Wright, a heavy equipment operator for AT&T; in Norcross, Ga., died Dec. 23 of cancer at his home in Lawrenceville, Ga. He was 56.

He had worked earlier at the Point Breeze plant of Western Electric Co. He moved to Georgia nearly 10 years ago and had worked for American Telephone & Telegraph Co. and its subsidiary for 28 years.

The Baltimore native graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.

He was a member of the Naval Reserve while residing in the Baltimore area.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at the R. T. Patterson Funeral Home in Lilburn, Ga.

He is survived by his wife, the former Virginia Hall; two daughters, Carol Vail of Baltimore and Nancy Harbel of Snellville, Ga.; a sister, Laura Winebrenner of Perry Hall; and two grandchildren.

Sister M. E. Lell


Sister Mary Elizabeth Lell, S.S.N.D., who taught for many years at area parochial schools, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at the Maria Health Center at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Towson. She was 79.

Born in Nuremberg, Germany, she received her early education in schools in Bamberg, Germany, where her family moved when she was a child. She entered the convent of the School Sisters of Notre Dame as an aspirant in 1928 and continued her education in Munich, Germany, where she earned a teaching certificate before taking her final vows in 1938 and emigrating to Baltimore.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame College in 1968 and a master's in elementary education from Duquesne University.

Her local teaching assignments included St. Ambrose School, St. Andrew's School, St. Ann's School and St. Mary's Govans. She also taught in Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, where she retired in 1983 from the Most Holy Name School.

After retiring, she continued living in Pittsburgh, where she performed community service until early 1993, when she moved to Villa Assumpta.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday . Interment was in Villa Maria Cemetery in Glen Arm.

Survivors include two brothers, Otto Lell and Rudolf Lell, and a sister, Johanna Schueder, all of Germany; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21212.

Hilda M. Zell

Owned antique shop

Hilda M. Zell, a Baltimorean who was a silver buyer for a department store and who operated an antique shop, died Jan. 1 of a heart attack in a Delray Beach, Fla., hospital.

She was 90 and had moved to Boynton Beach, Fla., in 1972.

The former Hilda Mizansky was born in Vilna, Russia, and emigrated to Baltimore with her parents in 1913. The family settled on East Lombard Street, where her father established a tailor shop.

The family later moved to Northwest Baltimore, and her father opened a tailoring establishment near the Avalon Theater in the 4300 block of Park Heights Ave.

After attending city schools, she was a clerk for the Stewart's department store in downtown Baltimore. She left in 1938 to rear a family.

In 1958, she opened Hilltop Antiques in the Hilltop Shopping Center. She closed the store in 1968.

In 1935, she married William Zell, who booked films for the Rome Theater chain. He died in 1978.

She was a member of the Beth Jacob Congregation in Baltimore for many years.

She is survived by a son, Michael Zell of Baltimore; a brother, Irvin Mason of Baltimore; two sisters, Eva Siegel of Randallstown and Bettye Hurwitz of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday.

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