Robert L. DemskiActive DemocratMass of Christian burial...


November 22, 1991

Robert L. Demski

Active Democrat

Mass of Christian burial for Robert L. Demski, a retired tavern owner who was active in Democratic politics, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church, Kenwood Avenue and O'Donnell Street.

Mr. Demski, who was 62, died Tuesday after an apparent heart attack at his home on Danville Avenue.

He retired nearly four years ago as a partner with a brother in the Harford House, a Harford Road tavern, and they had earlier owned Demski's Tavern at Dillon and Robinson streets.

In the 1970s, he served two terms on the Democratic State Central Committee for the 1st District and twice ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the City Council.

Mr. Demski, who was active in community affairs, he was a former president of the Southeastern Improvement Association. He also belonged to a number of Democratic clubs.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Patterson Park High School.

He served in the Army during the Korean War and was quartermaster of the Charles Evering Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Military Order of the Cootie. He also belonged to the Dundalk Post of the American Legion and St. Casimir's Post of the Catholic War Veterans.

He is survived by his wife, the former Cecelia A. Dziennik; a son, Michael L. Demski of Jarrettsville; a daughter, Renee J. Demski of Rosedale; a brother, Fred Demski of the Eastpoint area; four sisters, Agnes Boroski and Nora Michael, both of Baltimore, and Bertha Pakulski and Camilla Lesnick, both of White Marsh.

M. Jane Byers

Managed state office

Services for M. Jane Byers, former manager of the state's employment security office in Westminster, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Pritts Funeral Home there.

Mrs. Byers, who retired 12 years ago, died Tuesday of cancer at PTC her home in Westminster. She was 66.

She worked for the state for 25 years. Briefly before that, she was employed in an insurance office in Westminster.

The former M. Jane Barnes was born in Westminster and was a 1941 graduate of Westminster High School.

Her husband, Charles W. Byers, is a retired maintenance supervisor for the State Highway Administration. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Byers is survived by her son, C. Dennis Byers of Dallastown, Pa.; a daughter, Carla S. Smith of Westminster; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

Sister Mary Donata

Elementary teacher

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Mary Donata Fanelle, S.S.N.D., a retired teacher of the first two grades, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, at 6401 N. Charles St.

Sister Donata, who was 87, died Tuesday of heart failure at the motherhouse, where she had lived in retirement since 1990.

Earlier, she had lived at St. Peter's Convent in Philadelphia, where she taught for nearly 10 years before her retirement in 1984.

She also taught at schools in Camden, N.J., and Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and from 1935 until 1950 in Baltimore at St. Leo's School.

native of Camden, the former Lucy Fanelle entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1932 after working as a sewing machine operator. She was a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame.

She is survived by two sisters, Ida and Carrie Fanelle, both of Merchantville, N.J.

William F. Dumps

United Way manager

A Mass of the Resurrection for William F. Dumps, retired associate campaign manager for the United Way, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.

Mr. Dumps, who was 63 and lived in Abingdon, died Saturday of cancer at the Mercy Medical Center.

He joined United Way of Central Maryland in 1973 and retired in December 1988 but continued to work part-time as receivables manager for about two years.

From 1953, when he was ordained until his laicization in 1972, he was active as a Roman Catholic priest, serving as associate pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, St. Francis of Assisi Church, the Basilica of the Assumption and St. Joseph's in Fullerton. He also served as pastor of St. Clement's Church in Rosedale and as a fund-raiser for Associated Catholic Charities.

The Baltimore native was educated at St. Katharine of Sienna School, St. Charles College and St. Mary's Seminary.

In 1977, he married the former Mary Shadell, who survives him. His survivors also include three brothers, Joseph Dumps of Bel Air, Carl Dumps of Essex and John Dumps of Baltimore; a sister, Theresa Katchen of Rosedale; and many nieces and nephews.

The Most Rev. P. Francis Murphy, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, will celebrate the Mass.

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