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W. Thomas Costello, 73, Baltimore firefighter

W. Thomas Costello, a retired Baltimore firefighter and a former president of the Oldtimers Baseball Association of Maryland, died Wednesday of pulmonary disease at his home in Riviera Beach. He was 73.

Mr. Costello, who had coached youth baseball teams in Northeast Baltimore, retired in 1974 after 26 years as a firefighter.

Born in Baltimore, Walter Thomas Costello was a 1939 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School where he played soccer and baseball.

He also played on soccer and baseball teams sponsored by St. Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Church, including a 1940 unlimited team that represented Maryland in a national tournament in Birmingham, Ala.

During World War II, he served with the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific.

He was elected president of the Oldtimers in 1976. He was a member of That Old Gang of Mine Club of Hampden and a life member of the Baltimore Council of the Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church, 8499 Virginia Ave. in Riviera Beach.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Sylvia A. Bures; two sons, Harry J. Costello of Dundalk and Gerard T. Costello of Riviera Beach; a brother, Richard E. Costello of Timonium; and two grandchildren.

Elizabeth L. Littlefield, 67, registered nurse at Keswick

Elizabeth Legge Littlefield, who had been a registered nursat Keswick and a member of its board, died Tuesday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from surgery performed elsewhere.

She was 67 and lived in Owings Mills.

She had been on the board of Episcopal Social Ministries and the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was a former senior warden at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Garrison Forest.

She was born Elizabeth Legge in Charleston, S.C., and graduated from Chatham Hall in Virginia and Mount Vernon Junior College in Washington. After her children had grown up, she returned to college and completed nursing studies at Lasell College in Newton, Mass., in 1973.

In 1974, she and her husband, Dr. John W. Littlefield, moved to the Baltimore area. She was a nurse at Keswick for about 10 years.

Her husband was chairman of the Department of Pediatrics before his retirement in 1992 as chairman of the Department of Physiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Thomas' Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Peter Porcher Littlefield of Simpsonville, S.C., and John W. Littlefield Jr. of Darien, Conn.; a daughter, Elizabeth Lascelles Littlefield of London; her mother, Dorothy Legge of Charleston; a sister, Dorothy Deane of Richmond, Va.; and five grandchildren.

Frances J. Hopkins, 84, GBMC volunteer

Frances J. Hopkins, who moved from Ruxton to Vermont five months ago, died Friday of circulatory and respiratory illnesses at a nursing home in Barre, Vt. She was 84.

Mrs. Hopkins had been a volunteer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The former Frances Jillard Hurtt was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Western High School.

Her husband, Robert M. Hopkins, whom she married in 1938, died in 1981.

Graveside services for Mrs. Hopkins will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Central Cemetery on Route 75 between New Market and Libertytown.

She is survived by a son, Robert M. Hopkins Jr. of Cockeysville; a daughter, Lelia Hopkins Monte of Warren, Vt.; two sisters, Martha T. H. Schafer of Baldwin and Ann Griffin Bell of Bel Air; a brother, Henry Barkley Hurtt of Harlingen, Texas; and four grandchildren.

Dr. Kevin N. Hennessey, 54, neurologist

Dr. Kevin Newell Hennessey, a neurologist who practiced in Greenbelt, died Tuesday of colon cancer at his Kensington residence. He was 54.

Dr. Hennessey had been an assistant professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since 1975.

He had served as president of the medical staff at Laurel Regional Hospital from 1989 to 1991. The hospital's Kevin N. Hennessey Critical Care Unit was dedicated earlier this year.

He was a member of the American Medical Association and the Prince George's County and Irish medical societies.

The native of St. Paul, Minn., was raised in Lexington, Ky. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1963 from the University of Kentucky and graduated in 1968 from the Yale University School of Medicine.

He also had fellowships in medicine and neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was certified in neurology and internal medicine. He was a Navy battalion surgeon from 1968 to 1970 and was discharged as a lieutenant commander.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, 9705 Kensington Ave. in Kensington, where he was a communicant.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, the former Margaret A. Freeston; two sons, Patrick Hennessey and Brian Hennessey, both at home; his mother, Dorothy Hennessey, and a brother, Neil Hennessey, both of Del Ray Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Michele Hennessey of San Francisco.

Kenneth L. Straub, 56, electrical engineer

Kenneth L. Straub, an electrical engineer who began his career in the Baltimore area, died Oct. 14 after a heart attack at his home in Marietta, Ga. He was 56.

He was a consultant to Nielson Media Research and earlier worked for National Semiconductor Corp. He also worked at Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Bendix Corp., both in the Baltimore area.

The Cumberland native was raised in Baltimore and graduated from the Polytechnic Institute. He earned his bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was an Army officer in the 1960s.

He had been an amateur radio operator, using the call letters W3YPQ, since he was 15.

A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Libertytown.

He is survived by his wife, the former Wendy Hunter; his father, Charles Kirk Straub of Baltimore; and a brother, Erik K. Straub of Easton.

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