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Dr. F. J. Vollmer


Dr. Frederick J. Vollmer, a retired physician whose October 1945 marriage was the first American wedding to take place in Occupied Japan, died Wednesday of a heart attack at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 83.

The former Homeland resident had lived at the Charlestown Retirement Community since 1989.

Dr. Vollmer maintained a general practice on York Road and Lake Avenue from 1945 until he retired in 1984. He had also been on the staff of Mercy Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center, and was the staff physician for the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the old St. Vincent's Orphanage on York Road.

He and his wife, the former Lt. Margaret Helen Kennedy, a nurse, were members of the Army's 42nd General Hospital Unit and met on a troopship en route to their duty station in the Pacific. At war's end, Dr. Vollmer was discharged with the rank of major.

Born in Evansville, Ind., he moved to Baltimore as a child. He was a 1930 graduate of Loyola High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's College in 1934 and his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1938. He completed his internship at Mercy.

A deeply religious man, he was a Eucharistic minister who brought Communion to infirm parishioners. He was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans where he was a member of the parish council. He was also a member of St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Long Green and the Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. today in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at the Charlestown Retirement Community, 715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, survivors include five sons, Frederick J. Vollmer Jr. of Bel Air, Robert J. Vollmer of Timonium, Leo J. Vollmer of Kennedyville, Arthur T. Vollmer of Albuquerque, N.M., and William M. Vollmer of Portland, Ore.; three daughters, Ann M. Levy of Oxnard, Calif., Mary M. Ciminello of San Ramon, Calif., and Kathleen M. Sullenger of Harrisonburg, Va.; and six sisters, Claire Smith of Homeland, Ruth Wickham of Cedarcroft, Betty Truehart of Towson, Sister Mary Anita O.S.F. of Aston, Pa., Helen Dodge of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Margaret Frost of Spring, Texas.

E9 Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity. Virginia L. Mignini, who had owned a beauty shop and had been sales manager for an employment agency, died Wednesday of cancer at her Catonsville home. She was 69.

She had been a beautician for many years and had owned Carousel Coiffures in Catonsville for 15 years, retiring from the business in the late 1970s. She then worked for about 10 years as regional sales manager in Baltimore and Washington for the Staff Builders employment agency.

She was born Virginia L. Conklin in Danville, Va., and moved to the Baltimore area in 1943 after marrying Paul J. Mignini, who was a legislative representative of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union.

She was a former regent of Court Caton of the Catholic Daughters of America and a former president of the Singing Daughters. She had also been a Maryland representative to the national Catholic Daughters.

Mrs. Mignini was a member of the Ladies of the Patapsco Council of the Knights of Columbus and the auxiliary of St. Martin's Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor. She had also been a volunteer at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, nursing homes and the Catonsville Senior Center.

She was a lector and extraordinary minister of the Eucharist at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, St. Agnes Lane and Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, survivors include a son, Paul J. Mignini Jr. of Timonium; five daughters, Carolyn Vinovich of Los Angeles, Edith Mignini and Constance Iampieri, both of Catonsville, Victoria Unglesbee of Westminster and Mary Doyle of Parsonsburg; and nine grandchildren. A memorial service for Avron Douglis, an expert on partial differential equations and professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Maryland College Park, will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Memorial Chapel on the College Park campus.

RF Mr. Douglis, 76, died Feb. 15 of cancer at his Silver Spring home.

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