Sadenia A. Curran, 90, homemaker and secretarySadenia...


Sadenia A. Curran, 90, homemaker and secretary

Sadenia A. Curran, a homemaker and former secretary, died Sunday of kidney failure at Good Samaritan Nursing Center in Northeast Baltimore. She was 90.

Mrs. Curran, who had lived at the nursing center for 15 months, had been a longtime resident of Glenmont Apartments in Towson and had also lived in Hamilton.

Mrs. Curran had worked as a secretary for a Baltimore attorney during the 1920s before marrying James W. Curran Sr. in 1929. Mr. Curran, who was state commissioner of prisons, died in 1964.

A deeply religious woman, Mrs. Curran was active in fund raising and social events at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore.

Sadenia Brown was born and raised in Baltimore's Homestead section and graduated from Eastern High School.

She enjoyed traveling by train and ship. She was the last member of a bridge club that played for 60 years, said family members.

A voracious reader, it was not uncommon for Mrs. Curran to read two or three books weekly.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi, Harford Road and Pelham Avenue.

She is survived by five sons, James W. Curran Jr. of Riderwood, Thomas G. Curran and Gerald J. Curran, both of Hamilton, Brian M. Curran of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Denis A. Curran of Hockessin, Del.; 24 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

Margaret S. Kramer, 91, biochemist, philanthropist

Margaret Strauss Kramer, a former biochemist and Goucher College philanthropist, died Friday of undetermined causes at Good Samaritan Hospital in Palm Beach, Fla. She was 91 and lived in Palm Beach.

In 1997, she left $1 million for a scholarship in chemistry to her alma mater, Goucher College, where she had received a chemistry degree in 1930. She held 11 national and international patents for preparations of allergenic products.

"I love Baltimore and I had a wonderful life and education there," she said in a 1997 interview in The Sun.

After her graduation, she was a research assistant at Johns Hopkins Hospital's department of medicine from 1930 to 1938, where she worked on the treatment of Addison's disease, an illness caused by the failure of the adrenal glands.

After leaving Hopkins, she headed New York University Medical Center's allergy laboratory for about 25 years. She also received a master's degree in organic chemistry from NYU. She was awarded an honorary doctorate there in 1993.

Margaret Strauss was born in Baltimore and raised in the 2200 block of Eutaw Place. She was a Park School graduate.

She also gave large gifts to New York University, Palm Beach United Way, Dreyfoos School of the Arts and the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy in West Palm Beach. She also established a chair at Florida Atlantic University.

In the 1970s, she married Eugene Kramer, an optician. He died in 1988.

A memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Temple Israel, 1901 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach.

Mrs. Kramer leaves no immediate survivors.

Dwight Burkett Schlegel Jr., 65, marshals' supervisor

Dwight Burkett Schlegel Jr., a retired supervisor of federal marshals, died Thursday of a circulatory ailment at Laurel Regional Hospital. He was 65 and lived in Bowie.

He retired in 1986 after more than 30 years as a U.S. marshal, working out of the Baltimore office. He then became a security officer in state courts in Prince George's County.

He played football at Roosevelt High School in his native Washington and later was a football referee and baseball umpire for high school and college games in the Baltimore-Washington area.

In the 1950s, he served in the Army in ordnance disposal.

He was a member of the American Legion.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Chapel, 16501 Annapolis Road, Bowie.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Carol Jahn, whom he married in 1956; three sons, Michael Jahn Schlegel of Berlin, and Dwight Paul Schlegel and John Francis Schlegel, both of Bowie; two daughters, Karen B. Cromwell of Crofton and Patricia L. Hogan of Gambrills; and 11 grandchildren.

Helen E. Gill, 77, Balto. Co. courthouse cashier

Helen E. Gill, retired Baltimore County Courthouse cashier and former Parkville and Towson resident, died Friday of emphysema at her home in Melbourne, Fla. She was 77.

Ms. Gill, who had lived in Melbourne since 1989, had worked as a cashier for 20 years at the Baltimore County Courthouse in Towson. She retired in 1989.

Earlier, she had worked for 28 years in the accounting department of the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

Born Helen E. Gill in Finksburg, she was raised in Towson, where she graduated from high school in 1942.

She enjoyed crabbing and boating in Middle River with her family and friends. She was an avid gardener and liked doing crossword puzzles.

Services will be held tomorrow in Melbourne.

She is survived by her son, John Ambrose of Redondo Beach, Calif.; a brother, William Gill Jr. of Melbourne; two sisters, Mary Jo Rinn of Rockledge, Fla., and Roberta McCleary of Ocean Pines; and five grandchildren.

Marie Elizabeth DiLaura, 88, Naval Academy secretary

Marie Elizabeth DiLaura, a former Naval Academy secretary, died Saturday of Alzheimer's disease at Charlestown Retirement Community's care center. She was 88 and had lived in Severna Park.

Until she retired many years ago, she was a secretary and administrator at the Naval Academy and at Fort Meade.

Marie Degnan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended Our Lady Star of Sea School there.

In 1942, she married Ercole T. DiLaura, an Army Corps of Engineers soils engineer. He died in 1996.

She enjoyed cooking, collecting antiques and gardening at her Severna Park home, where she lived for nearly 35 years.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown, 713 Maiden Choice Lane.

She is survived by two sons, John D. DiLaura of Hampstead and Thomas E. DiLaura of Towson; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.


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