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Earl S. Britt, 74, Baltimore school principal

Earl S. Britt, a retired Baltimore elementary school principal with many interests, died Jan. 25 after bypass surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Windsor Hills resident was 74.

Mr. Britt was in the city school system 35 years before retiring in 1980 from Cherry Hill Elementary School. Later, he became acting director of the system's high school equivalency testing program and taught General Educational Development classes.

From the late 1940s until the 1960s, Mr. Britt also sold real estate. He was a member of the National Association of Realtors.

He was a Marine during World War II and participated in the battle of Okinawa. He was discharged as a lieutenant in 1946.

Mr. Britt He earned a pilot's license and owned a two-seater Cessna. He liked to cruise Chesapeake Bay in his motor yacht and was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

He was a a choir member and president of the Men's Club at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church.

He had been a deacon at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Britt, born and raised on West Madison Street. He was a 1939 graduate of Douglass High School and earned his bachelor's degree at Coppin State College. He later earned master's degrees from Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University.

Services will be held at noon today at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2110 Madison Ave., Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former Geraldine Teves; a daughter, Patrice B. Williams of Owings Mills; a brother, William H. Britt Jr.; two stepsons, Robert Teves of Baltimore and Gregg Teves of Michigan; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. An earlier marriage to the former Lillian L. Bolden ended in divorce.

Joseph F. McNamara, 81, Loyola High grounds chief

The Rev. Joseph F. McNamara, retired maintenance director of buildings and grounds at Loyola High School and former Colts chaplain, died Wednesday of respiratory failure at Stella Maris. He was 81.

Father McNamara came to the Blakefield campus of the school in 1965 after working at Jesuit assignments in Philadelphia and Washington.

Born and raised in Scranton, Pa., he was a graduate of St. John High School there. He entered the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1933. He received his degree in religious theology from Woodstock College and was ordained a priest in 1946.

In addition to serving as Colts' chaplain, Father McNamara was chaplain to active and retired FBI agents. He also was active in the local Notre Dame University Club.

A Mass of Resurrection will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

Survivors include a sister, Trudy Cotter of Scranton; and several nieces and nephews.

Donna Sue Bagrosky, a preschool teacher described by her husband as a "prototype soccer mom," died Jan. 27 of complications of colon surgery at Laurel Regional Hospital. She was 47.

A Columbia resident since 1979, Mrs. Bagrosky had been a preschool teacher at Children's Time Pre-School for the past nine years.

The former Donna Sue Poland, who was reared and educated in Detroit and Royal Oak, Mich., had been married 28 years to John L. Bagrosky, an employee of the federal Public Health Services Center for Disease Control who coaches the Columbia Spirit youth soccer team.

"Donna was a devoted soccer mom who car-pooled her three kids to their various games while I coached. She gave up her vacations and time with me to support her kids and the spirit of youth soccer," said Mr. Bagrosky.

The family will receive friends and family from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at Witzke Funeral Home, 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, before a a memorial service at 3 p.m.

Other survivors include a son, Michael P. Bagrosky, a Naval Academy midshipman; two daughters, Shannon M. Bagrosky, a University of Maryland Baltimore County student, and Michelle Lynn Bagrosky, a University of Baltimore student; and a sister, Jean Nace of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Artha Mae J. Bell, 73, quality-control inspector

Artha Mae J. Bell, a retired quality-control inspector who was active in city Democratic politics, died Monday of cancer at her home in Northeast Baltimore. She was 73.

Born Artha Mae Jones, she went to work in 1948 for the old Continental Can Co. plant on East Biddle Street after moving to Baltimore from her home in Girard, Ga., where she grew up and graduated from Waynesboro High School. She retired in 1988.

Active in union affairs, Mrs. Bell became interested in Democratic politics, working in Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's mayoral campaigns. One of her daughters, Lynnette Woods Young, is now his chief of staff, and said yesterday: "She just loved Mayor Schmoke and treated him like a son."

The mayor called her "one of the nicest people I've ever known. She was a fine lady and a loving mother. I count myself among her many friends who will miss her warmth and charm."

She liked golf and growing white roses in her Arabia Avenue garden. She loved jazz, particularly the music of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.

In 1951, she and Nathaniel Woods were married; he died in 1979. Her second marriage to William "Bill" Bell ended in divorce.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Windsor Avenue and Hilton Street, Baltimore.

Other survivors include a son, Harry Woods of Baltimore; another daughter, Juanita Woods of Baltimore; a brother, Lewis Jones of Savannah, Ga; five sisters, Savannah Summers of Baltimore, Annie Ellison of Savannah, Girlean Gough and Rosa Heath, both of Detroit, and Juanita Turner of Philadelphia; and two grandchildren.

Peter Hohmann Denning, 68, Koppers Co. manager

Peter Hohmann Denning, a longtime Koppers Co. employee who retired as group purchasing manager in 1987, died of cancer Jan. 26 at his Annapolis home. He was 68.

He joined Koppers in 1950, a year after being discharged from the Navy, and for three years helped build boilers and steel plants in Turkey and the Philippines. he was assigned to the company's Pittsburgh headquarters, eventually moving to Baltimore.

He graduated from McKeesport (Pa.) High School in 1945, before enlisting in the Navy. He entered the Navy's college program and took engineering courses at Emory University in Atlanta and at the University of Pittsburgh.

After retiring, he and his wife, the former Mary Lenore Bartlett, moved to the Berrywood community in Severna Park. She died in A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

Survivors include a sister, Jean Denning of Bradenton, Fla.; and three brothers, Conrad H. Denning of Bradenton, Harry J. Denning of North Versailles, Pa., and James P. Denning of Canton, Ohio.

Cornelius "Neal" Gleason, 45, contract specialist

Cornelius Patrick "Neal" Gleason, a contract specialist at the Health Care Finance Administration in Woodlawn and a breeder of St. Bernards, died Monday of a seizure at Hanover General Hospital in Hanover, Pa. He was 45.

After his 1972 graduation from Notre Dame University, the Washington, D.C., native worked several years for the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn and then an SSA office in Florida. In 1994, he began working at HCFA.

Services will be held at noon today at Panebaker Funeral Home, 311 Broadway, Hanover, Pa.

Besides his wife, the former Letitia "Lee" Bartlett of Hanover, he is survived by a daughter, Tierney R. Gleason of Finksburg; his parents, Raymond and Mary Shields Gleason of Severna Park; three brothers, John Gleason of Arlington, Va., Patrick Gleason of Edgewater and Thomas Gleason of Arnold; and three sisters, Ellen Gleason of Upper Marlboro, Nancy Gleason-Orr of Columbia and Kathleen Kirtley of Dayton.

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