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Jane Eleanora Blake, 66, head of group, volunteer

Jane Eleanora Blake, a homemaker and church volunteer, died Aug. 31 of complications of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 66 and lived in Baldwin.

The head of the altar guild of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Timonium, she had volunteered for the old Baltimore County General Hospital in the 1970s.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook, the former Jane Eleanora Rice was a graduate of Forest Park High School and the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.

In 1953, she married Raymond S. Blake, an insurance executive, who died in June.

Services were held Saturday at Epiphany Episcopal Church.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Paul R. Blake of Newtown, Pa.; a daughter, Jennifer J. Vernarelli of Monkton; a brother, Herbert Rice of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

John Henry Evans Jr., 78, postal worker for 41 years

John Henry "Buddy" Evans Jr., retired postal worker and World War II veteran, died Aug. 31 at Sinai Hospital of complications of diabetes. He was 78.

Mr. Evans worked for 41 years for the post office, retiring in 1988 as Postal Service supervisor of the Govans Station.

Born and raised in Northwest Baltimore, Mr. Evans was a 1940 graduate of Frederick Douglass Senior High School.

Inducted into the Navy during World War II and trained as an aviation machinist, he served until war's end at the San Diego Naval Base.

He studied dentistry for a year at Howard University in Washington before going to work for the post office in 1947.

His 1950 marriage to the former Helen Jackson ended in divorce. He was married in 1973 to Marie Pinnick, who survives.

A sports enthusiast and former season ticket holder for the Colts, Mr. Evans volunteered for many years with the city Department of Recreation and Parks, coaching Little League teams and umpiring.

Mr. Evans also enjoyed playing and teaching chess and reading.

"John moved through life in a quiet, kindhearted loving manner," said his sister, Edith Evans Bruce of Baltimore. "He collected many friends along the way but was never loud or boisterous."

Mr. Evans was an active member of Forest Park Senior Center.

He was a member of St. Katherine's Episcopal Church, 2001 Division St., Baltimore, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.

Mr. Evans is also survived by a son, Bruce Evans of Baltimore; two daughters, Bonita Evans and Crystal Evans, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Carroll F. Evans of Baltimore and Charles R. Evans of Neptune, N.J.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

George J. Flaccavento, 83, appeals examiner for HEW

George Joseph Flaccavento, a retired appeals examiner with the former federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare, died of a stroke Sunday at his home in Catonsville. He was 83.

Mr. Flaccavento, who began his career in the early 1950s with HEW, worked mainly in the agency's Arlington, Va., office until he retired in 1977.

In his retirement, Mr. Flaccavento walked four to six miles a day, worked out in the Catonsville Community College gym and enjoyed reading English mysteries. He painted abstract paintings.

Mr. Flaccavento was born and raised in Manhattan, the son of Italian immigrants, and was a graduate of parochial schools. He received his bachelor's degree from City College of New York.

During World War II, he served in the European Theater with an Army engineering unit.

He was married in 1948 to Ann diBonaventura, a musician and choir director. She died in 1986.

Services for Mr. Flaccavento will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City.

He is survived by two sons, Frederick Flaccavento of York, Pa., and Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon, Va.; two daughters, Georgeann Kovac of Prospect, Pa., and Elissa Flaccavento of Los Angeles; a sister, Jean Masciandaro of Ocala, Fla.; and 10 grandchildren.

Clara Ghezzi, 88, mother, avid reader of mysteries

Clara "Cuddy" Ghezzi, 88, a former Baltimorean, died Aug. 31 of a stroke at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J. She was 88.

Clara Spice, who was born and raised in Roland Park, attended Roland Park Country School and graduated from Warrenton Country School in Virginia.

The Hillsborough, N.J., resident's 1930 marriage to Robert Kerns Sr. ended in divorce. She was married in 1947 to Joseph J. Ghezzi. He died in 1998.

She had lived for many years in Rumson, N.J., where she was a member of St. George's by the River Episcopal Church, Monmouth Beach Club and Deal Golf and Country Club.

She enjoyed reading mysteries and biographies.

Services were held yesterday in Red Bank, N.J.

She is survived by two sons, Ronald R. Kerns of Chestertown and Robert Kerns Jr. of West Chester, Pa.; a daughter, JoAnne Ghezzi Farley of Whitehouse Station, N.J.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Viola L. Springfield, 73, special education teacher

Viola Louise Springfield, a special education teacher in Howard County public schools for nearly three decades, died Friday of kidney failure at Harbor Hospital Center in Baltimore. She was 73.

A Pasadena resident for 45 years, Mrs. Springfield retired in 1992 after teaching physically challenged students at the now closed Glenmar School and Cedar Lane School for 26 years.

She became interested in working with physically challenged children after a niece died of polio in 1963.

"She loved working with those children and even took them to her home on weekends," said her daughter, Viola Harcart of Pasadena.

The former Viola Voland was born and raised in Arbutus and graduated from Hilton High School on Edmondson Avenue.

Mrs. Springfield was married for many years to William F. Springfield Jr. He died in 1970.

Services were held Tuesday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Springfield is survived by three sons, David F. Springfield, Edward L. Springfield and William F. Springfield III, all of Pasadena; a brother, Edward Voland of Bedford, Pa.; a sister, Alverta Bartlett of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and companion, Jessie "Hoot" Gibson.

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