Catherine Miller Cochran, 91, elementary school teacherCatherine...


Catherine Miller Cochran, 91, elementary school teacher

Catherine Miller Cochran, a retired Baltimore County elementary school teacher, died Saturday of Alzheimer's disease at Stella Maris Hospice in Dulaney Valley. She was 91.

She taught for 40 years, including stints at Sparrows Point and Lutherville elementary schools, and retired in 1971.

Born in Baldwin, Mrs. Cochran grew up on a dairy farm. She graduated from Towson High School in 1926, earned a teaching certificate from the State Normal School, now Towson University, in 1928 and did postgraduate work in education at Columbia University.

In 1933, she married a dairy farmer, Elmer Stevens "Mickey" Cochran, and the couple later settled in Phoenix.

Mrs. Cochran enjoyed vegetable gardening and making sauerkraut and root beer.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, Hydes, where the Cochrans were married.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Joseph Cochran of Westfield, Pa.; three daughters, Patricia Dayton of Williamsport, Catherine Peddy of Phoenix and Margaret Engroff of Patten, Maine; 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Evelyn von Gunten, 76, postal worker, seamstress

Evelyn T. von Gunten, a retired postal worker and former longtime Owings Mills resident, died of a blood clot Sunday at Lebanon (Pa.) Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 76.

A resident of Cornwall Manor retirement community in Cornwall, Pa., since 1989, she had lived in Owings Mills for 44 years.

She was a clerk at the Owings Mills post office from 1958 until retiring in 1988.

Evelyn Haller was raised in Rittman, Ohio, where she graduated from high school.

In 1945, she married Samuel W. von Gunten, who died in 1991.

Mrs. van Gunten enjoyed playing organ and piano and was an accomplished seamstress, needleworker and gardener.

She was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, where she had been a deacon, and Caring Friends at Cornwall Manor.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Zerr Chapel of Cornwall Manor. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Paran Presbyterian Cemetery, 10308 Liberty Road, Randallstown, where she had been a member.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy J. Klein of Millers and Margaret A. Harmon of Waldorf; a brother, Russell Haller of Wadsworth, Ohio; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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