Daniel P. Murphy Jr.Church deaconDeacon Daniel P....


Daniel P. Murphy Jr.

Church deacon

Deacon Daniel P. Murphy Jr., who retired as both an active permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church and as a systems analyst for the Social Security Administration, died Saturday of cancer at Sinai Hospital. He was 65 and lived in Reisterstown.

Mr. Murphy retired in 1986 from SSA, after working since 1968 in its Woodlawn headquarters and for six years before that in Midwest field offices.

Ordained in 1985, he had worked for about a year at St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Woodlawn and then until 1989 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon.

From 1989 until he retired in May 1994, he was a chaplain at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The New York City native served in the Army from 1948 until 1958. In 1962, he graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.

He also earned a master's degree in government administration from George Washington University and another in theology from St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute.

He was a member of the Secular Franciscan Order.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Murphy is to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, the former Barbara Ann Chilson; seven daughters, Maureen Ambrose of Arbutus, Kathleen Murphy of Richmond, Va., Eileen Murphy of Baltimore, Athena Murphy of Los Angeles and Patricia, Elizabeth and Monica Murphy, all of Reisterstown; and two grandchildren.

Ralph Henry Coole

BGE engineer

Ralph Henry Coole, a stationary engineer for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for 41 years, died of cancer July 8 at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. He was 75.

Born in the Walbrook section of Baltimore, he graduated from Forest Park High School in 1938. He worked at BGE for several years until entering the Navy during World War II. During the war, was a chief petty officer aboard the aircraft carrier Essex.

After he was discharged, he returned to BGE, and was assigned to the utility's Westport plant.

He retired in 1982.

His wife, the former Myrna Turner, whom he married in 1946, died in 1977.

The couple lived for many years in the Hebbville section of Baltimore County. Mr. Coole moved to Charlestown in 1993.

He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Hebbville, where he was an usher and church treasurer.

Services for Mr. Coole were set for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Loring-Byers Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road in Randallstown. He is survived by a sister, Betty Felter Faust, also of Charlestown.

Paul W. Friel Sr.

Maintenance mechanic

Paul William Friel Sr., a retired State Highway Administration maintenance mechanic, died of cancer Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice in Towson. The longtime Gardenville resident was 74.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was educated at St. Patrick's School and Calvert Hall College.

During World War II, he served in the Army's 38th Infantry, participating in the Normandy invasion. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

After the war, he worked for a short time on the Baltimore docks and at a gas station. He then worked for the SHA for more than 20 years, retiring about a decade ago.

He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore for more than 50 years, Archbishop Curley Council No. 5206 of the Knights of Columbus, and St. Patrick Catholic War Veterans Post No. 766.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Friel will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Anthony, 4414 Frankford Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Agnes Misciwojewski; a son, Paul William Friel Jr. of Linthicum; a daughter, Paulette Little of Perry Hall; a sister, Eileen White of Crossett, Ark.; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Stella Maris.

Norma R. Kmieciak

Accounting worker

Norma Ruth Lawlis Kmieciak, who had lived in the Baltimore area for many years, died July 8 of cancer at the home of her son in Indian Head. She was 64.

Mrs. Kmieciak had moved from Dundalk to Surf City, N.C., after her retirement in 1991 from the accounting department in the Baltimore office of Snap-On-Tools.

Born in Nutter Fort, W.Va., the former Norma Ruth Lawlis was raised in Baltimore and was a 1948 graduate of the Patterson Park High School.

She is survived by her husband, Richard F. Kmieciak; two daughters, Sharon Kmieciak of Chester and Caryn Gettys of Seabrook ; her son, Wayne Kmieciak of Indian Head; two sisters, Mildred Barker of Quiet Dell, W.Va., and Juanita Wronka of Peoria, Ariz.; and 10 grandchildren.

Services were private.

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