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Mary Brooke Godine, 34, preschool educatorMary Brooke...


Mary Brooke Godine, 34, preschool educator

Mary Brooke Godine, a former preschool educator, died of complications of a spinal cord tumor Monday at the home of her parents in Cockeysville. She was 34.

Before being diagnosed in 1994 with an astrocytoma, or spinal cord tumor, Miss Godine was a preschool teacher at several local day-care centers. Three major operations, radiation and chemotherapy treatments left her a paraplegic with related complications.

She attended the Shake-A-Leg Camp in Newport, R.I., which is renowned for its advanced physical therapy treatment for the disabled. During one of her stays, actor Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed in a horse-riding accident, visited and spoke to the patients. His visit, said family members, left a lasting impression on Miss Godine.

Miss Godine, who was born in Ruxton, was a member of the first class at Jemicy School in Owings Mills.

She was a 1982 graduate of Oldfields School and attended Washington College in Chestertown before she earned an associate's degree in education from Villa Julia College in 1987.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 13717 Cuba Road, Hunt Valley.

She is survived by her parents, Douglas Godine Sr. and Ellen Godine; a brother, Douglas Godine Jr. of Baltimore; a sister, Kathy Phillips of Owings Mills; an aunt, Linda Godine Long of Crownsville; a nephew and a niece.

Nancy A. Mullen, a retired hospital worker and volunteer, died of complications of a heart attack Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Glyndon resident was 77.

She retired in 1983 from the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she had been a clerical worker since the early 1970s. Earlier, she had worked at a pediatric practice in Reisterstown.

Beginning in the early 1950s, she was a volunteer at the Reis- terstown Health Center and Children's Clinic, the Johns Hopkins Hospital well-baby clinic and Viva House homeless shelter in Southwest Baltimore.

An avid bird-watcher since the 1940s, with a particular interest in waterfowl, Mrs. Mullen had been a volunteer at Irvine Nature fTC Center in Stevenson, where she weighed and measured birds and led nature walks for children.

As a member of the Maryland Ornithological Society, she participated in annual bird counts.

She was a founding member of the Glyndon Quilters and a member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and several museums.

The former Nancy Abrams was born in Philadelphia and reared in Ashburton in Northwest Baltimore. She was a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.

During World War II, she served as a Navy WAVE and was stationed in San Diego, where she married Lawrence T. Mullen in 1945. They divorced in 1973.

She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, 65 Sacred Heart Lane in Glyndon, where a memorial Mass will be offered in the chapel at 10 a.m. Dec. 11.

She is survived by three daughters, Sherry M. Trabert of Hamilton, Mary Eileen Linton of Union Mills and Molly L. Mullen of Baltimore; three sisters, Maria Antol of Melbourne, Fla., Joan Deuth of St. Paul, Minn. and Mary P. Butterfield of Boston; and a granddaughter.

Edward G. Koch, a retired rigger whose hobby was building model ships, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center. The South Baltimore resident was 65.

Mr. Koch worked as a rigger at the now-closed Maryland Drydock and Shipbuilding Corp. for 27 years and retired in 1971. During World War II, he served with the Merchant Marine.

His love of the Chesapeake Bay and its crafts was reflected in the accurate scale models that he carefully fashioned in his basement workshop, many of them taking more than a year to complete.

Family members say his models, constructed from actual ship's blueprints, included tugboats, steamships, skipjacks and clipper ships. He also built a model of the original Pride of Baltimore.

Born in South Baltimore, Mr. Koch was raised in Vienna, Dorchester County, where he attended public schools.

In 1941, he married Rose C. Rites, who died in 1995.

Services for Mr. Koch were held Monday.

He is survived by two grandsons whom he adopted and raised as his own sons, Carl F. Harman-Koch of Woonsocket, R.I. and Robert L. Harman of Parkville.

Pub Date: 12/02/98

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