Trong Van DangMechanic, veteranServices for Trong Van...


August 31, 1991

Trong Van Dang

Mechanic, veteran

Services for Trong Van Dang, a former lieutenant colonel in the South Vietnamese army who worked as an automobile mechanic in Edgewood, will be held at 5 p.m. today at the Howard K. McComas III Funeral Home, Abingdon.

Mr. Dang, who was 59, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Edgewood.

For the past 16 years, he worked as a mechanic for Village Volvo in Bel Air.

In 1975, he escaped from Vietnam to America, gathering his family aboard the last U.S. Navy ship to leave Vietnam as it fell to the Communists. The family moved to Edgewood by way of the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and Arkansas.

A native of Hue in Vietnam, he was a 1955 graduate of the Thu-Duc Military Academy.

He served as an officer in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam for 26 years, serving as an artillery and tank commander and as a liaison officer with the U.S. Army.

He reached the rank of lieutenant colonel and in 1971 received a commendation medal from the U.S. Army.

Mr. Dang was fond of gardening, building radios, listening to classical music and taking trips to Ocean City with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Duom Thi Nguyen; five daughters, Thanh Liem T. Dang of Owings Mills and Minh Duc T. Sheridan, Ngoc Quynh T. Dang, Bang Tam T. Rose, and Dan Thanh T. Dang, all of Edgewood; two sons, Minh Chau V. Dang and Minh Tri V. Dang of Edgewood; a nephew, Thanh Long V. Nguyen of Edgewood; two brothers, Trien V. Dang of Ho Chi Minh City and Hi Van Dang of Washington; five sisters, Ve Thi Dang and Ngoc Tram Dang of Ho Chi Minh City, Van Phi Dang of Paris, France, Mung Thi Dang of Washington, and Ngoc Anh Dang of Orange County, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

Angelina Protani

Clothing worker

A Mass of Christian burial for Angelina Protani, a retired clothing factory worker, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Frankford Ave.

The Baltimore native, who was 68 and lived on Todd Avenue, died yesterday of pneumonia at Church Hospital.

Before retiring about three years ago, she was employed at Haas Tailoring Co. for 15 years.

She was a member of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union and previously had worked for about five years for other clothing manufacturers.

She had also been a supervisor for Bugle Linen Service.

She was educated at St. Leo's and St. Elizabeth's schools.

Surviving are three sisters, Carmela Rinaldi, Mary Maccubbin and Rose Taresco, all of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

Christopher A. Hope

Merchant seaman

A Mass of Christian burial for Christopher A. Hope, a merchant seaman, will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Mr. Hope, who was 21 and lived on Wetbanks Court in Columbia, was killed Wednesday in an automobile accident on Old Annapolis Road near Columbia Road.

He was an ordinary seaman and a member of the unlicensed division of the Masters Mates and Pilots Union.

He had been sailing on Kuwaiti tankers that were put under the American flag, including the Bridgeton, the largest tanker now under the U.S. flag, and the Ocean City, which left Kuwait City 20 minutes before the Iraqi invasion.

The Schenectady, N.Y., native moved to Columbia with his family in 1970. He was a 1987 graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School and attended Frostburg State University.

He is survived by his parents, Brian H. and Barbara J. Hope of Columbia; two brothers, Daniel A. and Jeremy R. Hope, both of Columbia; and his grandmother, Muriel Gordon of Weymouth, Mass.

William C. Kroening

Had western-wear shop

Services for William C. Kroening, who owned a western clothing shop on 1Harford Road in Baltimore, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Mr. Kroening, who was 75 and lived on Beaverbank Circle in Towson, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital after a series of strokes.

He and his wife operated Kroening's Western & Square Dance Apparel for about 20 years. For a time, they also operated Kroening's Fashion Magic, a company that manufactured petticoats and other items for female square-dancers.

They got into the business as a result of a longtime interest in square-dancing.

Mr. Kroening, who worked as a Linotype operator for the Monumental Printing Co. before going into business, was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of the old Mergenthaler printing school, now the Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.

During World War II, he worked for the former Glenn L. Martin Co.

He was a member of the Maryland Lodge of the Masons, the Baltimore Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Highland Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Clara B. Lumpkin; three daughters, Lois M. Bohmer of Carney, C. Jean Dritt of Essex and Linda Lee Kroening of Towson; a son, Byl Kroening of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Lois V. Wiley

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