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Therese L. Gonzalez, 90, French teacherTherese L....


Therese L. Gonzalez, 90, French teacher

Therese L. Gonzalez, who taught French to several generations of Baltimore parochial and private school children, died of cardiac arrest Feb. 2 at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Del. She was 90.

Mrs. Gonzalez, a resident of Tudor Arms Avenue for more than 50 years, was visiting a son in Rehoboth, Del., when she was stricken.

Though she retired from teaching in 1970, she still was called Madame Gonzalez by her former students from the Homewood School, Visitation Academy, St. Pius the X, Sacred Heart and St. Thomas Aquinas parochial schools.

Mrs. Gonzalez was born and raised in St. Jean, Quebec, and educated there. In 1935, she met and married Guillermo Gonzalez of Puerto Rico, who was working in Canada as a translator and linguist for the Sun Life Insurance Co. of Canada.

After living in Santurce, Puerto Rico, for several years, the couple settled in Baltimore. Mr. Gonzalez, a retired U.S. Customs inspector, died in 1959.

An inveterate traveler, Mrs. Gonzalez liked to spend her summers in Europe. When she was in her 70s, she drove from Turkey to London, crossing the English Channel by ferry. In her mid-80s, she spent two weeks touring on the Amazon River.

She was an active communicant of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church and was a member of the Autumn Years Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 37th Street and Hickory Avenue, Hampden.

She is survived by three sons, Richard Gonzalez of Baltimore, Joseph P. Gonzalez of Rehoboth and Daniel Gonzalez of Los Angeles; two daughters, Louise Finn of London and Jacqueline Morgan of Durham, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.

Alice H. Sehlstedt, a retired elementary school teacher, died Wednesday of a heart attack at her Catonsville residence. She was 63.

Mrs. Sehlstedt taught primary grades at St. Mark's Parochial School and later at Catonsville Elementary School during the 1960s and 1970s. From 1955 to 1964, she was a secretary to the Rev. Vincent F. Beatty, former president of Loyola College.

Born and raised in the Catonsville area, the former Alice Horn, one of 11 children, was the daughter of Arlene Dutra Horn and Carl Horn, who for many years managed the popular Horn & Horn restaurant on East Baltimore Street downtown.

She was a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame and earned her bachelor's degree from Loyola College. She took advanced courses in childhood development at Oxford University.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 30 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, where she was a longtime communicant.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Albert Sehlstedt Jr., a retired Sun reporter; three brothers, Carl A. Horn of Ellicott City, George J. Horn of Sykesville, and J. Richard Horn of Marriottsville; and six sisters, Helen Koehler and Arlene Drager, both of Catonsville, Sister Marie Carl, S.S.N.D, of Spring Hill, Fla., Lucy Burns and Carolyn Horn, both of Marriottsville, and Cecelia Skoglin of Ellicott City.

Gertrude Edwards Perkins, 90, teacher, volunteer

Gertrude Edwards Perkins, a former city public and private school teacher who in later years volunteered at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills, died of undetermined causes at her Lutherville home Feb. 3. The longtime Lutherville resident was 90.

She taught 10 years, beginning in city public schools in 1926 and then at the former Frey's private grade school in Roland Park. She graduated from Western High School in 1924 and attended the Barnard School at Columbia University in New York on a teaching scholarship.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave. in Lutherville.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Franklin Perkins; two sons, Charles Owens Perkins of Potomac and Thomas Franklin Perkins of Roswell, Ga.; a daughter, Sue Perkins Lunsford of Houston; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces.

Viola C. B. Owens, 93, high school teacher

Viola C. B. Owens, a retired Kenosha, Wis., high school teacher, who, after moving to Columbia in 1972, became active in First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, died Monday of congestive heart failure. Mrs. Owens, 93, also had volunteered at Howard County General Hospital.

She was born Viola C. Bieck in Rome, Wis., and earned a bachelor's degree in 1924 from what is now the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.

Services are planned for 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia.

K? She is survived by two sons, John A. Owens Jr. of Columbia,

and Dr. Owen D. Owens of Media, Pa.; and three grandchildren. Her husband of 57 years, John A. Owens Sr., died in 1981.

Lester B. Stevens Jr., 69, a retired Raytheon Co. executive and former Baltimorean who died Dec. 25 of cancer in Cape Coral, Fla., will be remembered at a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 12400 Manor Road, Long Green.

Mr. Stevens, a 1943 McDonogh School graduate and submariner during World War II, is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Deloris "Boots" Burnside; a son, Lester B. Stevens III of Wickford, R.I.; two daughters, Leslie Reilly of Westport, Mass., and Gale Crowell of East Providence, R.I.; a sister, Bettie Cook of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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