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Jean T. Holden, 82, homemaker

Jean T. Holden, a longtime Harford County resident and homemaker, died of cancer Wednesday at her Bel Air residence. She was 82.

For many years, Mrs. Holden and her husband, Gwynne L. Holden, whom she married in 1942, owned and operated Southampton Farm, one of Harford County's largest dairy farms. Mr. Holden, who was also an attorney, died in 1994.

The former Jean Todd, who was born in Sparks, N.C., moved to Harford County in the mid-1920s when her father established a general store in Fountain Green. She was educated in county public schools.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air, Broadway and Main streets, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

She is survived by a son, S. Todd Holden of Bel Air; two brothers, Eugene Todd of Bel Air and Carl Dean Todd of Havre de Grace; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mary Katherine Lynch, 92, homemaker and nurse

Mary Katherine Lynch, a homemaker and former registered nurse, died of pneumonia Friday at Carroll County General Hospital, a day after her 92nd birthday.

A resident of the Newport Assisted Living facility in Reisterstown since 1992, Mrs. Lynch formerly lived in Glyndon.

The former Mary K. Kerr, who was born in Highlandtown, earned a nursing degree from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1927. She was a nurse at Mercy and Sheppard and Enoch Pratt hospitals until her 1932 marriage to Charles Robert Lynch Sr., an International Harvester dealer who died in 1992.

She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, Glyndon, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

She is survived by two sons, C. Robert Lynch Jr. of Eldersburg and Michael J. Lynch of Reisterstown; three daughters, Anne M. Collins and Mary C. Whitcraft, both of Reisterstown, and Elizabeth R. Myers of Westminster; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Daniel G. Hare Sr., 41, forklift sales representative

Daniel G. Hare Sr., a sales representative for a Laurel forklift company, died Thursday at St. Agnes HealthCare of injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident that day in Elkridge. The Pasadena resident was 41.

Since 1988, Mr. Hare had been a sales representative with Capital Forklift. Earlier, he was a forklift mechanic.

Born in Wilmington, Del., he was raised in Linthicum and graduated from Andover High School in 1978. He enjoyed motorcycling, boating and travel.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1: 30 p.m. today at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, 6405 Orchard Road, Linthicum Heights.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, the former Deborah Horky; three sons, Daniel G. Hare Jr. and Patrick J. Hare, both of Baltimore, and Matthew D. Hare of Pasadena; a daughter, Nicole S. Hare of Pasadena; his parents, William Hare Sr. and Marie Hare of Peachtree City, Ga.; three brothers, William Hare Jr. of Winston, Ga., and Christopher Hare and Timothy Hare, both of Peachtree City; two sisters, Sheri Savage of Newnan, Ga., and Donna Swanson of Peachtree City; and a grandson.

Lavada Nadine Appel, 80, managed military exchanges

Lavada Nadine Appel, who managed the Army Air Force Exchange Service at Fort Meade and Fort Myer, Va., died Thursday of cancer at Crofton Convalescent Center. She was 80 and lived in Odenton.

From 1948 until retiring in 1970, Mrs. Appel had worked for the Army Air Force Exchange Service.

The former Lavada Michael, who was born in Powell, Mo., married William Daniel Appel, a career Army enlisted man, in 1936. Mr. Appel died in 1978.

She enjoyed reminiscing about growing up in the Ozarks and was a member of the Odenton Historical Society.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 1419 Odenton Road, Odenton.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna A. Donaldson of Odenton; a brother, Robert Michael of Pierce City, Mo.; five sisters, Pauline Nodine and Dema Brizendine, both of Anderson, Ind., Audrey Birkes and Vaudell Lawrence, both of Kansas City, Kan., and Betty Jo Wrobleski of Pierce City; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

William Herbert Gossard, 76, electrical engineer

William Herbert Gossard, a retired engineer, died of a stroke Feb. 8 while vacationing in Florida. The Grasonville resident was 76.

Born in Middletown, Ohio, and reared in North Carolina, he graduated from High Point College with a degree in mathematics and earned a master's in electrical engineering at University of North Carolina.

During World War II, the Navy lieutenant was an electronics and communications officer on a submarine in the Pacific. After he was discharged, he was a systems analyst at the National Security Agency for 27 years.

He then worked at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum for 11 years, lectured regularly at George Washington University and secured several patents for electrical controls and valve systems.

He was an elder and deacon at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, where a memorial service will be held at 1: 30 p.m. Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Zelma Parnell Gossard; three sons, William H. Gossard Jr. of Centerville, James L. Gossard of Ellicott City and David Gossard of Baltimore; three daughters, Rebecca Kuligowski of Cambridge Springs, Pa., Mary Moyer of Paoli, Pa., and Jean Zemo of Severna Park; two sisters, Betty Stallings of Perrine, Fla., and Jean Galbreath of Granger, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Erwin B. 'Bud' Fuller, 73, Air Force pilot

Erwin Boyd "Bud" Fuller, a retired Air Force pilot, died Feb. 11 of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis after a long illness. The Severna Park resident was 73.

He entered the Air Force at the close of World War II, shortly after graduating from Catonsville High School. For the next two decades, he flew fighter planes and test aircraft and delivered the first jet fighter to the Maryland National Guard.

After retiring at an air base in Montana, he settled in Severna Park and worked as a contracting manager for the U.S. Postal Service and retired in 1990.

Mr. Fuller was a member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, where services were set for 2 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Katharine Hardy; a stepson, Mark Fitzsimmons of Annapolis; a daughter, Nancy Steele of Lakeland, Fla.; and a sister, Jean Lutz of Stevensville.

Thomas Lee Smelser, 60, welder and musician

Thomas Lee Smelser, a retired welder who had a lifelong love affair with the banjo and the open sea, died of a heart attack Friday at home in Avon Park, Fla. The former Orchard Beach resident was 60.

Mr. Smelser moved to Florida in 1988 at the recommendation of his doctor, but his soul never left Maryland, said his wife of 24 years, Mary Lee Rutledge Smelser.

"He was a waterman, through and through," she said. "He loved crabbing and fishing, sailing and boating of any kind. You could not get him off the water. It was all he ever talked about, his growing up on Orchard Beach, down in the county."

The Baltimore native went to work at an early age -- taking up the welding trade at Kennecott Refining Corp. after serving in the Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forestal. Over the years, he also became an accomplished musician, playing bass guitar, harmonica and banjo in roadside taverns and restaurants across Anne Arundel.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, 55976 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Smelser is survived by a son, Steve Smelser of Glen Burnie; two daughters, Tracy Smelser and Brooke Smelser, both of Glen Burnie; three stepdaughters, Sheila Wright of Severn, Jeannie Krieger of Ellicott City and Christine Starcher of Avon Park; a brother, David "Buddy" Smelser of Fallston; and two sisters, Bernice Hudson of South Hampton, Pa., and Lois McCann of Pasadena.

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