The Rev. Edwin Mylin, 62, Hopkins hospital...


The Rev. Edwin Mylin, 62, Hopkins hospital chaplain

The Rev. Edwin Bernard Joseph Mylin, a retired hospital chaplain who also was a popular cruise ship chaplain, died in his sleep Sunday at his home in Edgemere. He was 62.

Father Mylin was a chaplain on ships of the Cunard, Holland America, Carnival and Princess Cruise lines and had completed a cruise the day before he died.

He retired in 1991 from Johns Hopkins Hospital where he had been chaplain for 10 years.

"I admired how he ministered as a priest," said the Rev. Henry Zerhusen, senior priest at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville and a longtime friend. "I think his most fulfilling ministry was at Hopkins."

Father Mylin was born and raised in Dundalk.

"When we were kids, he always said he either wanted to be a garbage man or a priest, and then he finally ruled out the garbage man," said Mary L. Mylin of Edgemere, his sister and sole survivor.

A 1951 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, Father Mylin entered the seminary in 1954, first at St. Charles College, then at St. Mary's Seminary. He was ordained in 1960.

He was an assistant pastor from 1960 to 1970 at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church in Rosedale.

In 1970, he was transferred to Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Glen Burnie and in 1974 was appointed pastor of St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church in Severn. His second pastorate was at The Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Woodlawn.

In 1980, Father Mylin was appointed associate pastor at St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church.

Interested in the sea and ships, he owned a powerboat and once owned a houseboat.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Rita Roman Catholic Church, 2903 Dunleer Road in Dundalk.

Sister Mary Martin De Porres Cotto, O.S.P., died of heart failure Dec. 28 at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent in Catonsville, the motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters of Providence. She was 82.

Born Leonor Cotto in Puerto Rico, Sister Martin De Porres entered the religious order in 1935. She spent most of her years in Baltimore, serving in a variety of assignments, including working in the infirmary and the laundry of the convent. She was a major contributor to the order's fund-raisers by knitting or crocheting items for sale.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered last night. She is survived by many nephews and nieces.

Elizabeth Norris, 86, volunteer at Keswick

Elizabeth "Libby" Norris, a resident of Roland Park for 50 years and longtime volunteer at the Keswick Home, died Dec. 23 of leukemia at Roland Park Place. She was 86.

The former Elizabeth Rife was born and raised in the Forest Park area. She was a graduate of Forest Park High School and attended Goucher College.

She married John Robinson Norris in 1934, and 11 years later the couple moved to Roland Park. Mr. Norris died in 1993.

At Keswick, a nursing home, she was a volunteer for more than 30 years and served on the board of volunteers.

Services were held Dec. 27.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy R. Norris and Elizabeth N. Hooker, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Melvin Thomas Fischer, 71, country club greenskeeper

Melvin Thomas Fischer, a retired greenskeeper, salesman and chief petty officer in the Navy, died Sunday of cancer at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 71.

Mr. Fischer retired in 1992 from the Towson Country Club, where he worked as a greenskeeper for 12 years.

For 20 years, he also worked as a salesman for Hoffmaster's Office Supply in Baltimore.

The Baltimore native had lived in Essex since 1953. He served in the Navy in Asia during World War II and was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, the American Area Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was an avid golfer and was well-known in the area for building and selling dollhouses, said his son, Jeffrey Fischer of Timonium. He also enjoyed boating and boat restoration.

Services were private.

Other survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Alice Lorraine Spanarkle; two daughters, Jerri Wire of Greensboro and Bev Carson of Essex; another son, Melvin "Russ" Fischer of Carney; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


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