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Theodore J. Evans Sr., 69, newspaper truck...


Theodore J. Evans Sr., 69, newspaper truck driver

Theodore J. Evans Sr., a retired truck driver who worked for the News American, died Friday at Union Memorial Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 69 and lived in Aberdeen.

He retired in 1986 when the former Hearst evening newspaper closed. He had driven a newspaper truck almost 20 years.

Previously, he was a welder and a service station attendant. At the service station, he met his future wife, Carol Jagerman. "He married me even though I had eight children [from a previous marriage]," she said.

The couple, who were married 31 years, had two children and raised the 10 children in Hamilton, where they lived for 23 years. They moved to Aberdeen five years ago.

Mr. Evans served in the Army from 1943 to 1947, then enlisted in the Navy for nine years, seeing duty in World War II and the Korean War.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Other survivors include seven sons, Theodore J. Evans Jr. of Aberdeen, Michael E. Johnson of Havre de Grace, Donald E. Johnson of Belair-Edison and Edwin R. Johnson, Charles W. Johnson, David W. Johnson and Ronald L. Johnson, all of Hamilton; three daughters, Terri J. Curtin of Hamilton, Barbara L. Stefanoni of Perry Hall and Carole E. Pippin of New Freedom, Pa.; and 19 grandchildren. William Lee Gaines, a retired utility contractor, died Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications of heart disease. He was 71 and lived in Ruxton.

He retired four years ago as president of Gaines & Co., which he had started in 1954. The company built many sewer, water and storm drainage projects in Baltimore County in the 1950s and 1960s and more recently in Howard and Anne Arundel counties.

He served for many years on the board of the Associated Utility Contractors of Maryland and this year was given its Founders Award for service.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1942 graduate of Boys' Latin School, where he was president of his class and a member of the football, basketball and lacrosse teams. He attended Cornell and the Johns Hopkins universities.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 2 p.m. today at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Emma Maher; three sons, W. Lee Gaines Jr. of Ruxton, L. Myrton Gaines II of Butler and Thomas Maher Gaines of Baltimore; two daughters, Florence Gaines Hencken of Reisterstown and Marion Gaines Mullan of White Hall; a sister, Marion Gaines Cushman of Springfield, Vt.; a brother, Dr. L. Myrton Gaines Jr. of Baltimore; and 12 grandchildren.

Gilda D. Vitrano, 61, Towson teacher

Gilda D. Vitrano, a preschool teacher for 30 years, died Friday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 61 and lived in Towson.

Miss Gilda -- as the children called her -- taught preschool and kindergarten for 30 years at Epsom Chapel Child Care Center in Towson. She also taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine classes at Immaculate Conception School in Towson, where she had attended grade school.

A 1954 graduate of Towson Catholic High School, she was active in the alumni association and recently was named its outstanding class captain. She attended the College of Notre Dame.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues.

Survivors include her mother, Frances M. Vitrano; two brothers, Justin A. Vitrano of Lutherville and Norman A. Vitrano of Kent Island; two sisters, S. Verna Hall of Lutherville and Jo N. Miller of Towson; and 18 nieces and nephews.

August J. Matacotta, 90, mailroom supervisor

August J. Matacotta, a retired mailroom supervisor for Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Friday at Lakeside Manor after a stroke. He was 90 and lived in Northeast Baltimore. He retired in 1970 after working 50 years at the steelmaker's downtown sales office.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at John C. Miller Funeral Home, 6415 Belair Road.

The Baltimore native is survived by his wife, the former Marie Bloodsworth; and a stepson, Larry Ruark of Baltimore.

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