Howard L. HoffmanBaltimore nativeA Mass of Christian...


May 21, 1991

Howard L. Hoffman

Baltimore native

A Mass of Christian burial for Howard L. Hoffman, retired office manager at the pipe mill of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Sparrows Point, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue.

Mr. Hoffman, who was 84 and lived on Harford Road in Hamilton, died Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital after a long illness.

The Baltimore native retired in 1970 after working for the steel company for 30 years and managing A&P food stores before that.

After his retirement, he became an active volunteer worker at the Meridian Nursing Center-Hamilton, where he and his wife worked with patients for 2,500 hours in 1980.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Dorothy C. Jordan; two nieces, Catherine Cohn of Towson and Madeleine Cowart of Potomac; two nephews, John Hoffman of Erie, Pa., and Howard Hoffman of Annapolis; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

F. Winfield Machin

Severna Park resident

A Mass of Christian burial for F. Winfield Machin, retired maintenance engineer for St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Parish, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the church at Ritchie Highway and Cypress Creek Road.

Mr. Machin, who was 83, died Sunday of heart failure at the Severna Park home where he lived for 35 years and earlier spent his summers.

He retired nearly 15 years ago after working at the Severna Park church since it opened more than 15 years earlier.

Before that, he had been a partner in a family-owned papering and painting business in Baltimore, I. W. Machin & Sons.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific.

He is survived by two brothers, Albert John Machin of Severna Park and Alexander Joseph Machin of Baltimore; and a sister, Margaret Elizabeth Fleischer of Glen Burnie.

Francis D. Cronin

Cameraman for WMAR

Services for Francis D. Cronin, a retired news cameraman for WMAR-TV, will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

Mr. Cronin, who was 80 and lived on Woodbourne Avenue, died Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital of heart failure.

He retired in 1975 after filming news stories for WMAR since 1960.

A former manager of movie and live theaters in Boston, he came to Baltimore in 1949 and held several jobs, including one as a draftsman for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, before joining the television station.

A native of Boston whose family had been active in the theater, he served in the Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Hiss; two sons, George Francis Cronin of Baltimore and John Joseph Cronin of Alexandria, Va.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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