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William W. Larash

Insurance executive

William W. Larash, a Crownsville businessman and University of Maryland lacrosse star, died of heart failure Friday while vacationing in Orlando, Fla. He was 67.

Mr. Larash worked at Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Greenbelt from 1962 until he retired as a vice president in 1988. Most recently, he was a real estate agent for Help-U-Sell of Severna Park.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1946. After two years in the Navy, he attended the University of Maryland College Park. He played lacrosse at UM for four years, and in 1952 won the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Memorial Award as the nation's best college goalkeeper. He also was a 1953 All-America goalie.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Gloria Dobihal Larash of Crownsville; two daughters, Michelle Larash Roy of Crofton and Catherine Larash Ragheb of Crownsville; a son, William W. Larash Jr. of Crownsville; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association Maryland or the American Diabetes Association Maryland.

Mary Lewandowski

Custodial worker

Mary J. Lewandowski, a homemaker and retired custodial worker, died of cancer Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center. She was 57.

Mrs. Lewandowski retired last year as a custodial worker for Baltimore's public school system. Her last job was at Highlandtown Elementary School. From 1985 to 1987, she did custodial work for I. C. Isaacs & Co., a clothing manufacturer in Highlandtown. She also worked briefly as a cashier at G. C. Murphy Co. in Fells Point.

The former Mary J. Marshall was educated in the city schools. In 1954, she and Anthony Lewandowski Sr. were married. He died in 1983.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Kaczorowski Funeral Home, 2525 Fleet St.

Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Moorhouse of Glen Burnie; two sons, Anthony Lewandowski Jr. and Michael Lewandowski, both of Baltimore; her mother, Anna Marshall of Baltimore; three sisters, Patricia Billings and Peggy Seibert, both of Baltimore, and Shirley Valentine of Carney; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Virginia G. Schupp


Virginia G. Schupp, a Baltimore area homemaker, died of Parkinson's disease at her Baldwin home Friday. She was 76.

She worshiped at Towson United Methodist Church for 20 years and before that, had belonged to Trinity United Methodist Church in Baltimore for 50 years, teaching Sunday school for 10 of them.

Born Virginia Gleasie Mason in Deale, she grew up in Baltimore and graduated in 1939 from the old Baltimore Evening High School. In 1943, she and Alvin H. Schupp were married.

In 1962, the city's Brehm's Lane Elementary School named her its mother of the year for volunteering in classrooms and the school library. As an avocation, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting and making Easter and Christmas ornaments.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane.

In addition to her husband of nearly 52 years, a retired operations officer for the Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co., Mrs. Schupp is survived by three daughters, Bonnie Jean Schupp of Pasadena, Nancy Lee Ayers of Jarrettsville and Jaymie Lynn Watts of Phoenix; nine grandchildren; and three aunts, Gleasie Leatherbury and Leona Ownby, both of Annapolis, and Jessie Leitch of Davidsonville.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 60 Bay St., Suite 401, Staten Island, N.Y. 10301. John Paul Henning Jr., who sold forklifts in Baltimore for about 30 years, died Thursday after a heart attack at his home in Ellicott City. He was 71.

Mr. Henning retired about six years ago as salesman for Yale Lift Trucks Inc., where he had worked for more than 20 years. He first sold forklifts in 1959 at Maryland Clarklift Inc.

In 1945, he joined the Air Force, attaining the rank of flight lieutenant.

Born and reared in Baltimore, Mr. Henning attended the Shrine of the Little Flower elementary school and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1941.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at the Church of the Resurrection, Paulskirk Drive and Chatham Road in Ellicott City.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Agnes M. DiGiorgio; a son, Thomas Paul Henning of Pikesville; two daughters, Susan Henning Chausse of Eldersburg and Jane Henning Weaver of Parkton; a sister, Katherine Fescina of Overlea; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

John A. Martins

Telephone worker

John A. "Jack" Martins, who worked 34 years for what was then the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died Friday at his Ocean Pines residence. He was 72.

Mr. Martins, who grew up in Oak Park, Ill., enlisted in the Marine Corps in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and earned three combat stars for action in the Pacific, fighting in the Solomon and Caroline islands.

He went to work at C&P; Telephone as a lineman and retired in 1979 as district manager for network switching in its Southern Maryland Division. He lived in Severna Park for about 29 years before moving to Ocean Pines.

Services were to be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Barranco and Sons, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road in Severna Park.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Anna May Rogers; three sons, Dennis Martins of Eldersburg, Stephen Martins of Severna Park and Jeffrey Martins of Newark; a sister, Judith Finney of Fremont, Neb.; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Oncology Center for Leukemia Research, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 550 N. Broadway, 8th Floor, Baltimore 21205; or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury 21802.

Rita a. Anella, 74, a New York Times proofreader for 32 years before retiring in 1982 and a Baltimore resident since 1991, died Feb. 7 of kidney failure at Keswick. The New York City native and Hunter College graduate was an opera fan who, in Baltimore, enjoyed attending Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts. She volunteered as a proofreader for the Baltimore Symphony Associates and for Parents Anonymous.

A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. tomorrow at Keswick, 700 W. 40th St. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 5800 Smith Ave., Mount Washington.

She is survived by a brother, Alfred Anella of Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Rose Manzi of Lake Aeriel, Pa.; and 14 nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Parents Anonymous, 733 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211; or the Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 1107 Kenilworth Drive, Towson 21204.

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