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Joan Duggan, 91, homemaker, seamstressJoan Duggan, a...


Joan Duggan, 91, homemaker, seamstress

Joan Duggan, a homemaker and seamstress, died Thursday in her sleep at St. Martin's Home in Southwest Baltimore. She was 91.

Mrs. Duggan, a former longtime West Baltimore resident, had lived at the home, which is administered by the Little Sisters of the Poor, since 1997.

An active woman who attended Mass and took Communion daily, she had worked as a seamstress before her marriage.

"She could make it all -- hats, coats or suits. What a creator she was when she held a piece of material in her hand," said daughter Sheila Rosensteel of Catonsville.

Joan O'Brien was born in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland, and was educated at Visitation Convent there.

After graduation, she was an apprentice seamstress until immigrating to Philadelphia, where she married Michael Duggan in 1928. The couple moved to Baltimore the next year.

Mr. Duggan died in 1976.

Mrs. Duggan warded off a pocketbook snatching several years ago. When confronting the suspects to identify them to police, she waved her finger and sternly admonished them, Mrs. Rosensteel said.

Mrs. Duggan was a parishioner of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Ladies Sodality. She also belonged to St. Martin's Ladies Auxiliary.

A requiem Mass was offered Monday .

Other survivors include a son, Michael C. Duggan of San Antonio; two other daughters, Kathleen Jones of Catonsville and Maureen Durner of Denton; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

James Linwood Brown, 53, mechanic, auto racing fan

James Linwood Brown, an auto mechanic and auto racing enthusiast, died Sunday of heart failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 53 and lived on Narcissus Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.

Known as Shorty, he owned and operated Shorty's Repair Shop on Edmondson Avenue in West Baltimore. He had earlier been a pressman at the Alco Gravure printing plant in Glen Burnie.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised on Appleton Street and was a graduate of Douglass High School.

For many years, he drove and raced a 1964 Pontiac GTO at local tracks. He also enjoyed fishing trips to the Eastern Shore.

He was a member of First Mount Calvary Baptist Church on North Fulton Avenue.

Services will be held at 11: 30 a.m. Saturday at Estep Brothers Funeral Service, 1300 Eutaw Place.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Angela Thompson; a son, James "Moochie" Brown; two daughters, Tonya Brown and Tina Brown; mother Juanita Brown; stepmother Dorothy Brown; and two sisters, Sarah Brown and Sandra Webb. All are of Baltimore.

Other survivors include a brother, George Brown of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and two grandchildren.

Ormond Vincent Oursler, 82, electrical installer

Ormond Vincent Oursler, a longtime Western Electric Co. employee and antique auto enthusiast, died Friday of renal failure at Chapel Hill Nursing Center in Randallstown. He was 82 and lived in the Windsor Mill section of Baltimore County.

Known as Dick, Mr. Oursler retired in 1982 from Western Electric, where he had worked as an installer for 43 years. Born and raised in Marriottsville, Mr. Oursler was a 1936 graduate of Sykesville High School. During World War II, he served in the Navy as an electrician's mate in the Pacific until he was discharged in 1946.

In addition to gardening and playing guitar and harmonica, Mr. Oursler enjoyed driving his dark-green two-door 1927 Ford Model T, which he had restored.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Haight Funeral Home, Route 32, Sykesville.

He is survived by his wife, Ada Pressey Oursler, whom he married in 1950; a son, Brian Oursler of Lutherville; three daughters, Sandra Horichs of Westminster, Brenda Erdman of Cockeysville and Janet Levent of Rockville; a brother, Howard Taft Oursler of Oakland; a sister, Alma Antkowiak of Granite; and four grandchildren.

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