Althea S. Muchow, 65, teacher in Anne Arundel
Althea S. Muchow, a retired Anne Arundel County teacher, died of cancer Thursday at her Severna Park home. She was 65.
Born Althea Schuette in Steele, N.D., she graduated with a teaching degree from the Ellendale branch of the University of North Dakota and took graduate courses in Maryland.
Mrs. Muchow, who was known as Dolly, started her career as a first-grade teacher in North Dakota and also taught in Montana and Oregon before moving in 1965 to Anne Arundel County, where she spent the rest of her career teaching fourth grade in public schools.
She taught at Solley Elementary for three years, then took time off to raise her two sons until they were in junior high. She then taught at Point Pleasant, West Severna Park and Shipley's Choice elementaries before retiring in 1998.
In 1966, she received the Outstanding Young Educator Award from the Glen Burnie Jaycees. She has received many appreciative letters from parents and former pupils, one of whom, a medical resident, recently wrote:
"I truly believe that in each person's life, there are a select few who play a vital role in shaping who they become. You were one of those select few in my life."
Mrs. Muchow was a member of the Severn River Lions Club and Hospice of the Chesapeake Auxiliary, whose Chesapeake Treasures store was among the causes in which she was a volunteer.
She also was a member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park, where a memorial service will be held at 7 o'clock this evening.
Surviving are her husband of 34 years, Robert B. Muchow; two sons, Michael R. Muchow of College Park and Steven M. Muchow of Baltimore; five brothers, Alton and Harry Schuette, both of Bismarck, N.D., Vern and Robert Schuette, both of Braddock, N.D., and Richard Schuette of Hazelton, N.D.; and three sisters, Lorraine Rodriguez of Burbank, Calif., Eileen Wilson of Brush, Colo., and Audrey Van Dyke of Sacramento, Calif.
Alan Webb Insley, 86, paint company sales official
Alan Webb Insley, a retired sales official for a paint pigments company, died of a heart attack Saturday at his home in Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson, where he moved seven months ago. He was 86 and had lived in Woodbrook in Baltimore County for 20 years.
Born in Baltimore, he attended private and public schools before graduating in 1935 from City College. He also attended the University of Baltimore School of Law.
When his father died in 1930, he went to work part time at the old Point Breeze plant of Western Electric Co. to help support his family. He became a sales representative for Coca-Cola Co. in 1938, and in the 1940s joined Mineral Pigments Corp. in Prince George's County. He retired in 1970 as vice president of sales.
He enlisted in the Army in 1942, graduated from Officers' Candidate School two years later and was assigned to the transportation corps in the South Pacific. He attained the rank of first lieutenant and was commander of the 387th Port Battalion in Japan. His decorations included the Purple Heart.
A member of the Council of the Society of Colonial Wars, the Maryland Club and L'Hirondelle Club, he was a former board member of St. Paul's School for Boys.
His wife of 54 years, the former Joan Jeffrey, died last year.
Survivors include a son, Edwin Jeffrey Insley of Woodbrook; two daughters, Anne Insley Clemson of Ruxton and Elliott Conway Insley of Glen Ellen, Calif.; a sister, Charlotte Insley Carter of Laurel, Del.; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Carrollton and Boyce avenues, Ruxton, where he was a communicant.
JoAnn Frances Panitz, 76, homemaker, gardener
JoAnn Frances Panitz, a homemaker and avid gardener, died Saturday of complications from diabetes at Coral Landing Seaside Nursing Care in St. Augustine, Fla. She was 76.
She lived in Severna Park until moving to St. Augustine in 1980 with her husband of 53 years, Baltimore builder and developer Leon J. Panitz.
Born JoAnn Poisal in Baltimore, she was raised in Lancaster, Pa., where she graduated from high school. She worked during the 1940s in the advertising department of the May Co. in downtown Baltimore.
She was a longtime volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she worked with cancer patients, and had been a member of the Severna Park Garden Club.
Services were held yesterday in St. Augustine.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Lee Panitz of Jacksonville, Fla., Gilbert Panitz of Pasadena and Tony Panitz of Arbutus; a daughter, Carol Gribbin of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, John Poisal of Lancaster; and four grandchildren.
The family suggested donations to the American Diabetes Association of Maryland, 3123 Timanus Lane, Baltimore 21244.
L. Henry Alsruhe, 76, printer, and Helen Alsruhe, 71, nurse
A memorial service for L. Henry Alsruhe and Helen Insley Alsruhe, who died a day apart in Florida, will be held at at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Hartley Miller Funeral Home, 7527 Harford Road, Parkville.
Mr. Alsruhe, a Sun printer for 34 years who retired in 1988, died Sept. 21 of an aortic aneurysm in Brooksville Regional Hospital. He was 76.
His wife, a retired private duty nurse, died of a massive stroke at the same institution a day later. She was 71.
The Alsruhes were born in Baltimore, raised in the Hamilton area and had their first date at the Harford Bowling Lanes, the family said. The couple lived in Parkville before moving to Florida in 1988.
The Alsruhes are survived by a son, Timothy Alsruhe of Centreville, Va; four daughters, Linda Fiorini of Street, Ashley McDonnell of Owings Mills, Barbara Huntley of Miami and Virginia Alsruhe of Sparks; and six grandchildren.
Dan Cushman, 92, a prolific fiction writer whose 1953 novel Stay Away, Joe was made into a movie starring Elvis Presley, died Saturday in Great Falls, Mont. The former New York Times book critic, who wrote dozens of books, was best known for Stay Away, Joe.
Evan Lottman, 70, a film editor whose work was nominated for an Academy Award, died of cancer Sept. 25 in New York. Mr. Lottman began his career during the 1960s, editing documentaries for television, including Churchill, F.D.R., WWI and WWII. He moved into feature films, editing The Panic in Needle Park, The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Sophie's Choice.