Jane Sibiski, 75, Lutherville homemakerJane Sibiski, a...


Jane Sibiski, 75, Lutherville homemaker

Jane Sibiski, a homemaker who lived in Lutherville, died of a heart attack at St. Joseph Medical Center on Tuesday. She was 75.

Born in Baltimore and raised in West Baltimore, she was a 1945 graduate of Western High School, where she sang in a musical group and played badminton and tennis.

After high school, she worked as a secretary for Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co. in the 1940s.

She lived in Lutherville for 37 years after living in Timonium for 12 years.

Services are private.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Walter E. Sibiski of Lutherville; two daughters, Kimberly Mudge of Baltimore and Kendel Ehrlich of Mays Chapel; one sister, Nancy Rockstroh of Severna Park; one brother, Warren M. Taylor of Abingdon; and six grandchildren. A son, Scott Sibiski, died of colon cancer two years ago.

Gerard 'Jerry' Simon Sr., 71, florist, Senior Olympian

Gerard "Jerry" Simon Sr., a medalist in the Senior Olympics who owned and operated Raymond's Florist in East Baltimore for 40 years, died of respiratory failure at St. Joseph Medical Center on Wednesday. He was 71 and lived in Perry Hall.

A native of East Baltimore, Mr. Simon was a 1950 graduate of Towson Catholic High School and attended the University of Baltimore, where he played varsity basketball and baseball. As a member of the basketball team, he was named Most Valuable Player of the 1952 Mason-Dixon Tournament.

He was drafted into the Army that year and was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1954.

Mr. Simon won a silver medal in softball at the 1997 Senior Olympics in Phoenix and finished in fourth place at the 1999 Games in Orlando, Fla.

Services were held Saturday at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathleen Burke Simon; two sons, Kevin Simon of Perry Hall and Gerard Simon Jr. of Forest Hill; two daughters, Karen Hoellerich of Raleigh, N.C., and Christine Simon of Perry Hall; a brother, Herbert Simon of Forest Hill; three sisters, Victoria Gmurek of Aberdeen, Wanda Brunk of Long Green and Emily Bystry of Fallston; and six grandchildren.

June A. Kennard, 63, liturgical dance instructor

June A. Kennard, former sport studies professor and instructor of liturgical dance, died of lung cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 63.

Born in Cambridge, Ms. Kennard was a 1956 graduate of Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. She earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1960 and a master's in physical education from the same university in 1969. In 1974, she received a doctorate in physical education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ms. Kennard became an associate professor of kinesiology at Towson University in 1974, where she taught sports history and women's studies.

As a member of Pine Grove United Methodist Church in Rayville, she led the dance choir and taught liturgical dance, a form of worship and scriptural interpretation through movement.

Ms. Kennard also served as a member of the cluster committee for the United Methodist Churches Baltimore - North District.

She enjoyed bird watching, gardening and traveling and was fond of wildflowers.

Services were held Friday at Pine Grove United Methodist Church. Her dance choir performed.

Ms. Kennard is survived by her father, Martin R. Kennard of Cambridge; an uncle; and three aunts.

Lydia 'Marie' Waters, 82, deaf community activist

Lydia "Marie" Seebach Waters, a longtime teacher, volunteer and activist with the deaf community in Maryland, died Feb. 9 of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

She was 82 and a longtime resident of Baltimore.

Deaf since birth, Mrs. Waters was born and raised in Goodhue County, Minn., and graduated from the Oral School for the Deaf in Rochester, Minn., in the early 1930s.

She was a 1937 graduate of the Minnesota School for the Deaf and a 1942 honors graduate of Gallaudet University in Washington.

She then taught at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton, Va., and at the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint, Mich.

With the outbreak of World War II, she moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1944 to work as a "riveter girl" for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and as a laborer for the Fred Arboghast Fish and Bait Co.

In Akron, she helped establish an auxiliary chapter of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf and was treasurer of the newly formed Ohio Association of the Deaf.

She moved to Baltimore in 1968 when she was offered a chance to train in the computer field as part of a vocational rehabilitation program.

She worked as a systems analyst for Pentamation, an information systems firm, doing consulting work for Baltimore area hospitals.

She volunteered for a number of organizations, including St. Mark Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Towson and the Silent Orioles Club, a social club run by the deaf community, where she served as treasurer. She also represented the deaf community on the C&P; Telephone Consumer Panel for eight years and was a longtime president of the American Deaf Women's Bowling Association.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 11 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Gambrills.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Edward J. Waters of Baltimore; a daughter, Nancy L. Abbott of Landover; three sisters, Ruth Ristow of Newport News, Va., Norma Seebach of Minneapolis and Grace Peterson of Edina, Minn; two brothers, Arthur Seebach of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Carl H. Seebach Jr. of Mankato, Minn.; and 15 nieces and nephews.

Donations may be sent to the Aplastic Anemia & MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) International Foundation, P.O. Box 613, Annapolis 21404; or to Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C., 20002.

Ennio F. Lanci, 72, owned insurance agency

Ennio F. "Lance" Lanci, who operated an insurance agency in Towson, died Friday of complications from cancer at University of Maryland Medical Center.

He was 72 and had lived in Timonium since 1957.

Mr. Lanci operated Planned Insurance Inc. for 35 years before he sold it in 1996.

He was raised in Govans and graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School. He attended Loyola College before entering the Army in 1951.

He served two years in the Army during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal.

Mr. Lanci was an avid tennis player and in later years became a golfer and played often at Pine Ridge and Longview golf clubs.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Cockeysville.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Frances DiFerdinando of Timonium; two daughters, Nina Lanci Dunphy of Timonium and Nicole Biondo of Parkton; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to the University of Maryland Medical Center pulmonary medicine division, attention Dr. Jeffrey Hasday, or to the St. Joseph Medical Center cardiac care unit.

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