Bertha E. HollandFormer Mother of the YearBertha...


Bertha E. Holland

Former Mother of the Year

Bertha Elizabeth Holland, a homemaker and foster parent, died April 11 of a urinary infection at North Arundel Hospital. She was 82 and had lived in Millersville for 32 years.

One year in the mid-1960s, Mrs. Holland was named Mother of the Year by Anne Arundel County's social services agency.

The Mitchellville native and wife of the late Albert Holland enjoyed bingo, sewing and cooking.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

She is survived by a son, Mano Ceaphus of Washington; a daughter, Deborah Holland of Baltimore; and two sisters, Katherine Browne and Beaulah Bridges, both of Washington.

Memorial donations may be made to Camp Directory (Needy Children), c/o Pat Marsch, Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, 80 West St., Suite 150, Annapolis 21401.

Agnes L. Fitzpatrick

Active in charities

Agnes Lochte Fitzpatrick, a former secretary who was active in charitable work, died Friday of heart failure at Dulaney-Towson Health Care Center. She was 88 and lived in Towson.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick served for many years as treasurer of the board of the auxiliary of St. Vincent's Center, which later made her an honorary officer.

The former Agnes Lochte was born in Baltimore and was a 1924 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame. She was a granddaughter of Thomas J. Kurdle, a founder of the meatpacking company, Schluderberg-Kurdle Co., more familiarly known as Esskay.

In the late 1920 and the 1930s, she worked for the Maryland Conservation Department, a forerunner of the Department of Natural Resources.

Her husband, Martin A. Fitzpatrick, died in 1992, and a son, Timothy X. Fitzpatrick, in 1990.

She is survived by a brother, Bernard Lochte of Baltimore; a sister, Rita Lochte Bauer of Towson; and two grandchildren.

A funeral Mass for Mrs. Fitzpatrick was offered yesterday.

Albert T. Farcosky, a supervisor at Westinghouse Electric Corp. and later CGR Medical Corp., died Saturday in his sleep at his home in Mount Pleasant, Pa. He was 70.

The former Catonsville resident worked at Westinghouse's Linthicum plant from 1958 to 1971, then was a supervisor and foreman at CGR until his retirement in 1983 when he moved to Mount Pleasant.

A native of Mount Pleasant, he graduated from high school there in 1942. He enlisted in the Army the next year and served in the Pacific until he was discharged in 1946.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1965 from the University of Baltimore.

He was formerly a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville and was a member of Visitation Roman Catholic Church in Mount Pleasant, where a Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 12:30 p.m. today.

He is survived by his former wife, Dorothy E. Zabkar Farcosky; three sons, Thomas Farcosky of Severna Park, Allan Farcosky of Eldersburg and John Farcosky of Baltimore; three daughters, Carol Lee Neser of Laurel, Gloria Marie Berthold of Elkridge and Laura Davis of Catonsville; a brother, Richard Farcosky of Mount Pleasant; and five grandchildren.

Sister Mary Liberata

Principal, treasurer

Sister Mary Liberata Dedeaux, O.S.P., former principal of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore and former treasurer of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, died April 11 of heart failure in the health care center of her order's motherhouse in Arbutus. She was 94.

Sister Liberata was principal of St. Frances from 1936 to 1949. During those years, she was also treasurer of the order, whose motherhouse was then at the same East Chase Street location as the school, where she taught English at various times.

From 1964 until 1968, she taught at Mount Providence Junior College. She then was assistant treasurer of the order until she retired in 1981.

The former Irma Grace Dedeaux was a native of New Orleans who entered the order in 1921. She earned a bachelor's degree at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a master's degree at the Catholic University of America.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 7:30 p.m. today in the chapel at the motherhouse, Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent, 701 Gun Road.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Charles I. Norris


Charles I. Norris, a certified public accountant, died Sunday in the health center of Blakehurst, a retirement community in Towson where he had lived since 1993. He was 88.

Mr. Norris became a certified public accountant in 1942 and retired about 25 years ago. Before he began his practice in

Towson, he enlisted in the Army during World War II, was commissioned and reached the rank of captain.

The Leonardtown native studied accounting at night at what is now the University of Baltimore while working as a state auditor. He was one of the founders of the State Employees Credit Union.

He was a golfer and member of the Country Club of Maryland.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Layman; two sisters, Catherine McDonald of Washington and Genevieve Greenwell of Leonardtown; and many nieces and nephews.


Evelyn F. Smith

Special education teacher

Evelyn Fanning Smith, a special education teacher and day care supervisor, died April 10 of congestive heart failure at Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville, where she had lived since 1980. She was 83.

Miss Smith, a former Roland Park resident, retired in 1978 after 15 years supervising day care centers for the state and Baltimore County.

Earlier, she had taught emotionally disturbed, retarded and gifted students at schools in New York City, Hollywood and Seattle, and had also worked as a librarian in Stockbridge, Mass.

Known as Eve, the native of Washington, Ga., taught in rural Georgia schools from the late 1920s until the 1940s.

"She was a most noteworthy teacher and taught for many years in rural, one-room . . . schoolhouses," said a sister, Jane Jennings of Silver Spring.

Miss Smith earned a bachelor's degree in education from New York University in 1945 and a master's degree in library science from the University of Washington in 1962.

She is survived by another sister, Laura Freeman of Mesa, Ariz.; a nephew; a niece; and two grandnephews.

No services are planned.

Virginia E. Draper, 87, who worked in Washington for a congressman and the Census Bureau, died Friday of cancer at Charlestown, the Catonsville retirement community, where she had lived since the late 1980s.

A Mass of Christian burial for the former Virginia E. Brown, who was a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., was scheduled to be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of the Angel Chapel at Charlestown, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.

Her husband, Edward Robert Draper, died in 1977.

She is survived by a daughter, Judith Anne Draper of Ellicott City; four sisters, Roberta Anderson of Greenville, Mich., Margaret Camling of Grand Rapids and Sister Mary Georgia, R.S.M., and Sister Mary Carmen, R.S.M., both of Farmington Hills, Mich.; and a brother, Paul Brown of Grand Rapids.

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