Dagmar M. Maszun Activist for dialysis

January 02, 1991

A Mass of Christian burial for Dagmar M. Maszun, 39, who died after a heart attack Sunday at Francis Scott Key Medical Center, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 5502 York Road.

Mrs. Maszun, who lived in Woodlawn, had suffered from kidney disease for many years. She had been active in recent weeks as an opponent of proposed budget reductions in the state's kidney dialysis program. The program was subsequently saved.

Mrs. Maszun's husband, Joseph D. Morton Jr., said he did not think his wife's death was caused by her activities as a demonstrator and spokeswoman for dialysis patients. She had not missed any treatments, he said. A transplanted kidney she received in 1979 failed last summer, he said, and she had been back on dialysis since then. Mr. Morton said his wife also suffered from diabetes.

"Her death was a shock for me only because she had gotten stronger," Mr. Morton said yesterday. "I know she was severely distressed [by the cutbacks]. There may have been a psychological connection."

Mrs. Maszun was a former special education teacher who worked as a volunteer in various programs for the elderly and in a job placement program for women in Baltimore. She taught knitting and other crafts at the Waxter Center, her husband said, and at the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.

Mrs. Maszun was born in Washington. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1973. She had been enrolled in a master's degree program but was unable to continue because of her poor health.

She is survived by her husband; her parents, Alfred W. Maszun and Trudy L. Maszun of Lutherville; a brother, Curtis S. Maszun of Glassboro, N.J.; and two aunts, Elly Maszun and Gertrude Maszun of Baltimore.

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 9133 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, Md. 21117.

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