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Vivian M. Burns, Perry Point nurse

Vivian Mergler Burns, who retired about 10 years ago as a nurse at the Perry Point Veterans Hospital, died Wednesday of cancer at the Fallston General Hospital. She was 65 and lived in Havre de Grace, where she was born.

Born Vivian Mergler, she was a 1950 graduate of the Maryland General Hospital nursing school and worked briefly at Harford Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Harford County genealogical and historical societies.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Havre de Grace United Methodist Church.

Her husband, Edwin W. Burns, died in 1988. She is survived by two sisters, Madlyn A. Kalinoski and Brenda D. Mergler, both of Havre de Grace; two brothers, Charles C. Mergler of Rockaway, N.J., and Francis L. Mergler of Havre de Grace.

Alma Clara Urban, 74, church choir member

Alma Clara Urban, a longtime Severna Park resident, died yesterday of heart failure at Maryland Manor Convalescent Center in Glen Burnie. She was 74.

Born Alma Clara Kinder in Earleigh Heights, she was active in the Ladies of the Elks, the Auxiliary of the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Department and the choir of Christ Lutheran Church, 8245 Jumpers Hole Road, where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Her husband, Frank J. Urban, died in 1993. She is survived by a daughter, Frances A. McAlexander of Burke, Va.; two brothers, Gilbert and Roland Kinder, both of San Antonio; six sisters, Evelyn Stevens and Fern Carlino, both of Pasadena, Eileen Tizel and Violet Thieman both of Baltimore, Dorothy Marshall of Glen Burnie and Jeanette Smith of Spencer, Mass.; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

William T. James, 64, administrator, teacher

William T. James, who had been a teacher, hospital administrator and furniture refinisher, died Sept. 23 after a heart attack at his Govans home. He was 64.

Mr. James retired about two years ago after working as a furniture refinisher for two years. Before then, beginning in the 1950s, he had been a teacher and then an administrator at Provident Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and what then was University Hospital.

The native of Fort Wayne, Ind., graduated from the University of Kansas and served in the Navy in the early 1950s. He was a member of the Bare Hills Tennis Club.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dellie Strickland; two sons, Eric M. James of Baltimore and Kurt A. James of Boston; a daughter, Lisa James Wolf of Acton, Mass.; two stepsons, Strickland D. Bonner of Germantown and Guy W. Bonner of Parkville; three brothers, John P. James of Scottsdale, Ariz., Louie C. James of Independence, Kan., and Richard L. James of Covington, Ga.; a sister, Rosemary Casey of Warner Robins, Ga.; and six grandchildren.

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