Grace T. Valle, 75, sales associate in...


Grace T. Valle, 75, sales associate in shop

Grace T. Valle, a retired sales associate, died Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice of cancer. The 40-year resident of Parkville was 75.

She retired in 1977 from the Princess Shop in Parkville, where bTC she had worked since 1969. Earlier, she had worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Towson and in the payroll department of The Baltimore Sun from 1937 to 1945.

Born and raised near Patterson Park, the former Grace Tosches graduated in 1937 from Eastern High School. In 1945, she married Ralph A. Valle, who survives her.

She was a member for many years of the parent board at Calvert Hall College, active in the Girl Scouts and an American Heart Association volunteer.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road in Parkville.

Other survivors include a son, Ralph G. Valle of Jarrettsville; two daughters, JoAnne Koehler of Towson and Olivia G. Bach of Jarrettsville; two sisters, Rose Cochran of Hamilton and Olivia Miller of Parkville; and seven grandchildren.

Diane Stephens Burse, 41, health group case manager

Diane Stephens Burse, retired case manager for an organization that works with HIV patients, died Friday of complications from heart disease at Homewood Nursing Home. She was 41 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

The former Diane Stephens, known as Dee, moved to Baltimore in 1990 from her native Jersey City, N.J., and went to work for the Health Education Resource Organization (HERO). She retired last year because of ill health.

She was educated in Jersey City schools and attended Dundalk and Catonsville community colleges. She was a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynn Falls Parkway.

She is survived by a son, Jason Stephens of Baltimore; two daughters, Lowanda and Melissa Stephens, both of Jersey City; her father, the Rev. Waddell Stephens of Greensboro, N.C.; her mother, Willie Ruth Jones of Jersey City; two sisters, Cheryl Hodges of Newark, N.J., and Robin Stephens of Jersey City; a granddaughter; and her fiance, George W. Holsey of Baltimore.

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