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William Touchard Sr.

Steel plant foreman

William A. Touchard Sr., a retired general foreman in the

mechanical department of Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at his home in Nottingham in eastern Baltimore County. He was 94.

He retired in 1965 after 30 years with the steelmaker and later worked as a supervisor for Poole & Kent Co., mechanical contractors, retiring in 1975. Earlier, he had operated produce businesses in Ellicott City and Westminster.

L A native of West Baltimore, he was educated in city schools.

He was a member of Joppa Lodge No. 132 of A.F.& A.M.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Cvach-Rosedale Funeral Home, 1211 Chesaco Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, the former Emma E. !B Meagher; two sons, William A. Touchard Jr. of Catonsville and Walter C. Touchard of Taneytown; two daughters, Evelyn M. Heiger of Sykesville and Marlene J. Middleton of Baltimore; a sister, Etta Ring of Scottsdale, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Lutheran Memorial Church, 5401 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224; or the Alzheimer's Association, Baltimore-Central Maryland Chapter, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium 21093.


Constance Wood

Urban Services official

Constance White Wood, retired director of the Urban Services Agency Center in Reservoir Hill, died Friday of cancer at the Joseph Richey Hospice. She was 61 and lived near the center.

She retired from the municipal agency in 1993 after 18 years of service. She had also worked for the city Department of Housing and Community Development and taught in public elementary schools.

She had served on a Kennedy Krieger Institute advisory board and had received several mayoral citations for her work at Urban Services.

Born in Baltimore, the former Constance Stanley graduated from Douglass High School and from Coppin State College in 1962.

She was a member of the Annie S. Banks Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Ladies Guild at Macedonia Baptist Church, 718 W. Lafayette Ave., where services will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by her husband, Vernard Vincent Wood; three daughters, Deborah A. Fields and Teena S. Elliott, both of Baltimore, and Teri McFarland of Cleveland; a son, Charles J. Shields of Baltimore; a stepson, Vernard V. Wood Jr. of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Edna Shields Ayers, who painted landscapes and portraits that she gave to family members and friends, died Sunday at Salisbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of complications of a stroke. She was 83 and lived in Federalsburg.

Mrs. Ayers taught herself to paint in oils. A daughter, Bonnie Gibson of Salisbury, who teaches school in Fruitland, hung her mother's landscapes in her classroom and elsewhere in her school.

The former Edna V. Shields was a native of Bluefield, Va., who moved to Federalsburg in 1951.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Frampton-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home in Federalsburg.

Other survivors include her husband of 66 years, Millard Curtis Ayers Sr.; two sons, Millard C. Ayers Jr. of Federalsburg and Reginald Ayers of Bowling Green, Ky.; two other daughters, Dottie Ayers of Baltimore and Marilyn Gerardi of Gaithersburg; a brother, Richard Shields of Bluefield; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Irma Wyrens Harrington, 83, a former Homeland resident and a world traveler who was active in club affairs, died March 6 of a stroke at a San Jose, Calif., nursing home.

She was a board member and officeholder in the Three Arts Club of Homeland and had been president of the Friends School Parents Auxiliary. She also was a member of the American Association of University Women and had been president of its Baltimore branch. She was a member of the Baltimore alumni of Delta Delta Delta, the Women's Auxiliary of the Engineering Society of Baltimore and the Annapolis Yacht Club.

The Taylor, N.D., native earned a bachelor's degree in 1933 from the University of Nebraska. She and her husband, Ralph W. Harrington, a telephone company manager, moved to Baltimore. died in 1992 after 59 years of marriage. Mrs. Harrington, a former Broadmoor Road resident, moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community in 1989 and to San Jose in 1991.

A memorial service is to be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Second Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Street and Stratford Road.

She is survived by a son, Robert E. Harrington of Prudenville, Mich.; a daughter, Carol Jean Fitting of San Jose; a brother, Dr. Rollin Wyrens of Stanwood, Wash.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Baltimore-Central Maryland Chapter, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium 21093.

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