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Gerald L. RooneyDisability examinerGerald L. Rooney, a...


Gerald L. Rooney

Disability examiner

Gerald L. Rooney, a Social Security Administration disability examiner, died Friday of complications of heart surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. The Ellicott City resident was 63.

He began his career with SSA in 1976 after working as a Travelers Insurance Co. claims agent and in General Motors Acceptance Corp.'s credit office.

He was an active golfer, with memberships in the Country Club of Maryland, Rolling Road Golf Club and the Ocean City Golf Club.

"He had this amazing ability to remember the layout of every golf course he ever played," said a son, Gerald Kevin Rooney of Pelham Manor, N.Y.

The former Northwood resident was a 1949 Loyola High School graduate, as well as a 1953 graduate, with a major in history, of Loyola College. He earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1965.

He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955.

Mr. Rooney, a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, was "fiercely proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed visiting Ireland," said his son Gerald.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Paulskirk Drive and Chatham Road, Ellicott City.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Jeannie Mullican; another son, Steven Patrick Rooney of Cockeysville; two brothers, Brian M. Rooney of Phoenix in Baltimore County and Patrick J. Rooney of Lutherville; and a sister, Kathleen O'Shea of Timonium.

Memorial contributions may be made to Loyola High School Blakefield, Towson 21204. Margaret C. Foltz Michael, a retired tavern owner and cook, died Sunday of cancer at the home of a son in Pasadena. She was 74.

She had owned the Southside Inn on Fort Avenue in South Baltimore from 1971 until selling it in 1974.

A longtime summer visitor to Wildwood, N.J., she cooked for many years at Woody's Cafe there, where she was known for "Margie's Maryland crab cakes."

Born and reared on Pearl Street in Baltimore, she attended parochial school until the 10th grade when she went to work to help support her family during the Depression. She worked as ......TC seamstress for several firms in Baltimore's garment district until the late 1940s.

Her 1951 marriage to the late William F. Michael, a tavern owner, ended in divorce.

Services for Mrs. Michael were set for 1 p.m. today at Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road, Severna Park.

She is survived by two sons, David and Dean Michael, both of Pasadena; two daughters, Debbie Miller of Pasadena and Denise Braun of Perry Hall; two sisters, Lillian Satosky of Reisterstown and Lois Cossentino of Perry Hall; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108.

James F. Butanis, 43, an Aberdeen Proving Ground employee for 10 years and chief of the environmental quality office of its Test and Evaluation Command, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Conowingo. He was 43.

He was born in Baltimore, graduated from Parkville High school and Towson State University and was a former president of the Oakwood Rod and Gun Club. He also belonged to the Association of the United States Army.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Conowingo Baptist Church.

Mr. Butanis is survived by his wife, the former Kathryn A. Vincenti; two sons, Brent James Butanis of Bel Air, and Tyler James Butanis of Conowingo; a daughter, Erica Eileen Butanis of Bel Air; a stepdaughter, Rielle April Biehler of Conowingo; his father, Gerald I. Butanis Sr. of Bel Air; and four brothers, Harry Butanis of Monkton, David R. Butanis of Parkville and Victor K. and Gerald I. Butanis Jr., both of Fallston.

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