Katherine Symington, Active in gardeningA memorial Mass...


December 22, 1991

Katherine Symington, Active in gardening

A memorial Mass for Katherine S. Symington, who was active in gardening and historical groups, will be offered at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave., Mount Washington.

Mrs. Symington died Dec. 3 of emphysema at her home of 56 years in Riderwood. She was 81.

The former Katherine Slingluff was born in Baltimore and presented to society at the Bachelors Cotillon. She was a 1927 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School, where she studied the piano. She continued her musical studies at the Peabody Conservatory until 1936.

She had been president of the Roslyn Garden Club and was a supporter of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. In 1951, she was vice chairman of the National Flower Show in Baltimore. Her own garden featured perennials native to England.

Mrs. Symington had served as a vice president of the Maryland Historical Society and had chaired its Women's Committee. She was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland, the Hampton Women's Committee, the Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities, the Maryland Historical Trust and the Catholic Evidence League.

She enjoyed playing golf at the Elkridge Club.

Her husband, William Wallace Symington Jr., a retired aeronautical engineer, died in 1984.

She is survived by two daughters, Lee Symington Mathews of Riderwood and Katherine Symington Seiler of Monkton; a brother, Robert Lee Slingluff of New Windsor; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. William A. Imbach Jr., a dentist who practiced in Catonsville for more than 50 years, died of a stroke Dec. 14 at the Meridian Nursing Home in Catonsville after a monthlong illness. He was 79.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from City College and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1934 and began practicing in Ten Hills.

He later moved his office to Frederick Avenue and Ingleside Road, where he remained until he retired in 1985. His patients included an archbishop of Maryland and William Donald Schaefer when he was mayor of Baltimore.

Dr. Imbach, who married Cass Cusack of Catonsville in 1938, was known informally as the mayor of Catonsville, according to a daughter, Debbie Foltz. An avid golfer who had a 3 handicap at one time, he often played at the Rolling Road Country Club in Catonsville.

He belonged to the Maryland State Dental Association, the Baltimore City Dentistry Society and the Xi Psi Phi dental fraternity.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, William A. Imbach III of Norfolk, Mass., Thomas E. Imbach of Little Silver, N.J., and Richard M. Imbach of Ellicott City; two daughters, Catherine Ward of Ellicott City and Ms. Foltz of Reisterstown; and 10 grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday at the St. William of York Catholic Church.

William A. Chambers, Did home repairs

Services for William Alexander Chambers, a handyman who did home repairs for many years, will be held at 4:30 p.m. today at the Leroy O. Dyett and Son Funeral Home, 4600 Liberty Heights Ave.

Mr. Chambers, who was 79 and lived on Pennsylvania Avenue, died Monday at the Fort Howard Veterans Hospital after a stroke.

A native of Annapolis, Mr. Chambers was reared in Baltimore and educated in the city public schools. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, the former Alice Grawham of Philadelphia; two sons, Herbert and William Alexander Chambers both of Baltimore; a sister, Doris Tolson of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Phyllis C. H. Mason, Wrote of Canal Zone

Phyllis Clair Hagberg Mason, who spent more than 20 years chronicling her family's experiences in the Panama Canal Zone, died of kidney failure Nov. 22, in Reston, Va.

Mrs. Mason, who was 69, had been ill for six years.

Born in Montclair, N.J., she grew up in the Mount Washington area of Baltimore and graduated from Western High School.

She attended Syracuse University, New York University, Utah State University and Canal Zone College. During World War II, she served in the U.S. Navy in Washington.

In the early 1970s, she lived in the Canal Zone with her husband, Irvin H. Mason, a civil engineer who worked for the U.S. government. Later, she began working on a book titled "The Feasors," which is said to contain allegations of corruption among U.S. officials there. The book has not yet been published.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons; Eric A. Mason of Boulder, Colo., and Scott H. Mason of Lyons, Colo.; a daughter, Lark M. Brownell of Bluemont, Va.; a brother, Bernard L. Hagberg Jr. of Pasadena; and four grandchildren.

Services are private.

Rose Abrams Kandel, Owned loan office

Rose Abrams Kandel, for many years the owner with her husband of a Pennsylvania Avenue loan office and pawn shop, died of cancer yesterday at Sinai Hospital at the age of 87.

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