Delbert FitzGeraldSun plate makerA Mass of Christian...


April 20, 1991

Delbert FitzGerald

Sun plate maker

A Mass of Christian burial for Delbert F. FitzGerald Sr., who retired after years of making printing plates for The Baltimore Sun, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 30 Melvin Ave., Catonsville.

Mr. FitzGerald, who moved from Catonsville to the Cherrywood Manor Extended Care Center nearly two years ago, died Wednesday in his sleep at the center. He was 83.

The Baltimore native retired in 1972 after working for the papers since his graduation from City College.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary M. Kaufman; a daughter, Mary Agnes Conte of North Haven, Conn.; three sons, Delbert FitzGerald Jr., a Parkville resident who works in the photoengraving department at the papers, Joseph FitzGerald of Eldersburg, and the Rev. John FitzGerald, a captain in the Navy Chaplains Corps, of Middletown, R.I.; a sister, Vietta A. Rogers of Towson; and 11 grandchildren.

Ruth M. Wrightson

Substitute teacher

Services for Ruth Mintiens Wrightson, a former substitute teacher who was active in the Back River community, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Old Eastern Ave. in Essex.

Mrs. Wrightson, who was 78 and lived on Holly Neck Road in Essex, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications to heart disease.

During the early 1950s, she was a substitute teacher at the Commodore John Rodgers Elementary School in East Baltimore.

The former Ruth Patterson Mintiens was a native of East Baltimore, daughter of a Baltimore police inspector and sister of two detectives.

A graduate of Eastern High School, she had been a member of the old East Baltimore Station United Methodist Church and more recently the Back River United Methodist Church.

Her husband, Charles Wrightson, is a retired Baltimore police sergeant.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include a daughter, Betty Christopher of Essex, and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions could be made to the Back River United Methodist Church or the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Mary P. Harford

Baltimore native

Services for Mary Pauline Harford, a Baltimore-area resident for many years, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Baldauff funeral establishment in Deltona, Fla.

Mrs. Harford, who moved to Deltona in 1979, died yesterday at her home there after a long battle with cancer. She was 76.

A Baltimore native, the former Mary Mirabile grew up in Little Italy and attended public schools. She worked for several Baltimore-based clothing manufacturers for more than 30 years.

She and her husband, William H. Harford, lived in East Baltimore, Dundalk and finally Forest Hills in Harford County before moving to Florida. Mr. Harford, a former president and business manager for Local 16 of the Iron Workers union, died in 1984.

She is survived by three sons, William Harford Jr. of Greenville, Pa.; Charles Harford of Essex and Charles Brian Harford of Deltona; two daughters, Kathy Harford and Mary Diebel, both of Deltona; three brothers, Santo "Sam" Mirabile Sr. of Cub Hill, Joseph Mirabile of Baltimore and Charles Mirabile of Evans, Ind.; three sisters, Carmella Finnis of Baltimore, Lena Phillips of Deltona and Rose Hogan of Ocala, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.

Sally E. Pansire

Customer relations clerk

A memorial service for Sally Elizabeth Pansire, a former customer relations clerk at the Merck, Sharp & Dohme Division of Merck & Co., will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Emory United Methodist Church, Church Road and Emory Street, Ellicott City.

Ms. Pansire, who was 54 and lived on Fusting Avenue in Catonsville, died of cancer Tuesday at University Hospital.

She moved to the Baltimore area from King of Prussia, Pa., about 12 years ago, and lived in Columbia for many years.

She left her job at the pharmaceutical company distribution center in Columbia more than five years ago and traveled, staying in Key West, Fla., and Avalon, N.J.

The former Sally Elizabeth Hedrick was born in Altus, Okla., and graduated in 1955 from Winfield (Kan.) High School. She studied art history at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo.

She is survived by a son, Dean Pansire of Cincinnati; four daughters, Debra and Diane Pansire, both of Key West, Denise Ault of Ellicott City and Hinda Molder of Philadelphia; her mother, Sally Hedrick of Haven, Kan.; a sister, Mary Hunsicker of St. Charles; a brother, Bruce Hedrick; and her life partner, Tom Priscu of Catonsville.

The family suggested contributions to the University of Maryland Cancer Center.

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