Marilyn A. Rosenthal, 64, helped cancer patients
Marilyn A. Rosenthal, an avid golfer and bridge player whose compassion was reflected in her volunteer work with cancer patients, died Friday of lung cancer at Mercy Medical Center. She was 64 and lived in Owings Mills.
Known as "Cookie" to her friends and family, she taught elementary school in Baltimore and Washington and yoga in high school, and was a party planner at Martin's West caterers.
She helped organize "helping hands" at Mercy to provide free wigs, turbans and cosmetics for cancer patients, and persuaded the Orioles to donate baseball caps for men.
"She was a woman of valor who fought cancer, and was a role model not only for her family, but for everyone she came in touch with," said her husband of 43 years, Louis J. Rosenthal.
A native of Philadelphia, Mrs. Rosenthal moved to Maryland in 1949 with her family and graduated from Forest Park High School in 1953. She attended the University of Maryland at College Park.
She played tennis and golf, was a life master in bridge and belonged to Hadassah, a Jewish women's service organization. She was honored by Hadassah for having four generations of family as members of the group. She also belonged to the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation.
Services were held yesterday.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Tammi S. Solender of Baltimore County, Linda J. Costello of Olney and Debra L. Capretti of Woodbridge, Va.; a brother, Howard Fishbein, and a sister, Lillian Clauson, both of Philadelphia; and 10 grandchildren.
Cheryl L. Snope, 41, elementary school teacher
Cheryl L. Snope, an elementary school teacher, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 41 and lived in Columbia.
For the past 12 years, Ms. Snope was a teacher in Howard County, most recently as a second-grade team leader at Hammond Elementary School.
She was born in Hawthorne, N.J., and moved with her family to Columbia in 1969. She graduated from Wilde Lake High School in 1976, and earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from what now is Frostburg State University in 1979 and a master's degree in instructional technology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1990.
In 1994, she traveled to China to adopt her daughter, Emma-Li, now age 6. Ms. Snope had a long-standing interest in Asian culture and was an active member of the Baltimore chapter of Families with Children from China.
She was a member of Glen Mar United Methodist Church, Glenmar Road and Route 104, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her parents, Andy J. and Trudy L. Snope of Columbia; and two brothers, David L. Snope of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Edward J. Snope of Arlington, Va.
Herbert K. Brown, 61, MTA driver, dispatcher
Herbert K. Brown, a retired dispatcher and bus driver for the Mass Transit Administration, died Friday from complications of heart problems at home in Baltimore. He was 61.
Known as "H. K.," he joined the MTA in September 1961 as a bus driver and retired as a dispatcher in July 1997.
In retirement, he took up golf, playing every day he could.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Towson, he graduated from Carver High School in 1956 and enlisted in the Air Force, where he was an electrician working on airplanes.
He had a passion for education, which he passed on to his children, and he enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
He was a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., where services will be held at 6: 30 p.m. Thursday.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Margaret A. Downey; a daughter, Trena L. Brown of Baltimore; two sons, Daryl K. Brown of Laurel and Herbert B. Jackson of San Antonio; four brothers, Charles Brown Jr., Carl Brown and Ronald Brown, all of Baltimore, and Paul Brown of Atlanta; four sisters, Evelyn Johnson of Lanham, June Brown of Baltimore, Jean Dillard of Lake Ridge, Va., and Sandra Brown of Silver Spring; and a grandchild.
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