Philip J. Brohawn
Ran conference center
Philip J. Brohawn, retired executive director of the Mar-Lu-Ridge Conference and Educational Center, died Tuesday at Frederick Memorial Hospital of heart failure.
Mr. Brohawn, 80, lived in Jefferson near the Frederick County center from which he retired in 1993. He moved to Jefferson in 1960 to develop the center for the Maryland Synod of the Lutheran Church in America.
The Rev. Ronald E. Reaves, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Frederick, described Mr. Brohawn as "Mr. Mar-Lu-Ridge."
"He devoted his life and energy to it for 30 years," Mr. Reaves said.
Mr. Brohawn was "personable" and always interested in what you were doing and making sure your needs were accommodated, Mr. Reaves said.
"He combined engineering, personal and religious elements very effectively and could fix a leaky toilet or give you an idea for a camping program," the pastor said.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Brohawn was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and Rhode Island University.
During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific in the Seabees and as a combat photographer.
He did engineering work for companies in New York and Connecticut before returning to the Baltimore area in the 1950s and working for Greenwood Engineering in Pikesville. He lived in Catonsville and later bought and operated a dairy farm in the Upperco area.
From 1975 until 1983, he was a part-time assistant to the bishop of the Maryland Synod.
In 1992, the assembly of the synod, now the Delaware/Maryland Synod, honored Mr. Brohawn and his wife for their religious work at Mar-Lu-Ridge.
A memorial service is to be held at 4 p.m. today at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, the former Dorris Weidner; two sons, S. Lee Brohawn of Marathon, Fla., and Philip A. Brohawn of Jefferson; and three grandsons.
Rose Adella Hruska
Rose Adella Kunz Hruska, a partner with her husband in a Linthicum appliance store and electrical contracting business, died Thursday of a respiratory infection at Carroll Lutheran Village Health Care Center in Westminster. She was 89.
Mrs. Hruska grew up in Baltimore's Pigtown section and attended city schools. As the oldest daughter of 14 children, she had to quit school to help at home.
When her first husband, Walter Kunz, died in 1925, she took a job at the Montgomery Ward store on Monroe Street, where she worked for 17 years. She joined co-workers in a social club called BYKOTA, for Be Ye Kind To Others.
She and her second husband, John I. Hruska, opened Linthicum Electric Co. in 1945. In 1958, they closed the appliance portion of the business, but continued in electrical contracting until his death in 1977.
Mrs. Hruska was a member of the Yak-Rem-Peh Court of the Ladies Oriental Shrine and the Bou-Tem-Sci Club of Boumi Temple. She was a member of First United Presbyterian Church of Westminster.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.
Survivors include a son, Walter S. Kunz of Glen Burnie; two daughters, Thelma Kunz Fischer of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Doris Hruska Wisner of Westminster; a sister, Dorothy N. Myers of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchild- ren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.