John E. Hudson
Boy Scout leader
Services for John E. Hudson, a retired plumbing parts department manager and a volunteer Boy Scout leader, will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Eline Funeral Home in Hampstead.
Mr. Hudson, 75, died Wednesday of lung cancer at St. Joseph Hospital.
A Towson-area native who had lived for years in Woodlawn, Mr. Hudson moved to Hampstead four years ago.
He retired 10 years ago as the plumbing department manager at the Montgomery Ward & Co. store in Catonsville. Earlier, he worked for Sears, Roebuck & Co. and at one time had his own heating and air conditioning business.
For 25 years, Mr. Hudson was a volunteer leader in the Boy Scouts' Frontier District of Baltimore. He served as scoutmaster at Epworth United Methodist Church and Emmarts United Methodist Church, both in Woodlawn. He also assisted in the leadership of several other troops and at the age of 70 continued to take Scouts camping year-round.
He especially enjoyed evening campfires on these trips and often remarked, "These boys are worth all that work."
Mr. Hudson was in a number of volunteer staff positions for the Frontier District, including roundtable commissioner and Fall Camporee program chairman.
He earned a number of honors for his work in scouting. In January, the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America awarded him the Silver Beaver, the highest honor a scout council can bestow. The citation said of Mr. Hudson: "His friends describe him as having a contagious attitude of enthusiasm, no matter what the task. His efforts have impacted generations of young men."
Mr. Hudson is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dolores Hudson; seven children, John E. Hudson Jr. of Baltimore, Joan L. Cochran of Coral Springs, Fla., Robert M. Hudson of Street, Russell M. Hudson of Finksburg, Susan M. Murray of Eldersburg, Richard L. Hudson of Upperco and Marc E. Hudson of Hampstead; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial for Anne H. Spampinato, who worked at Loyola College and with the Sisters of Mercy, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6432 York Road.
Mrs. Spampinato, who was 82, died of cancer Monday at her home in Govans.
The former Anne Hoeckel was a 1928 graduate of Seton High School and went to work immediately as a secretary at Brannigan and Green & Co., a former Baltimore clothing manufacturer.
After her marriage to Philip A. Spampinato in 1942, she lived for nearly two years on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques while her husband worked on construction projects there. Returning to Baltimore in 1944, she managed the office of her husband's construction firm, Leo Spampinato & Son Inc.
In 1966, she began working in the registrar's office at Loyola College. She briefly retired in 1979, at the age of 70. but soon was recruited to serve as secretary to Sister Helen Amos, provincial of the Sisters of Mercy. She worked for the Sisters of Mercy until her death, although her illness forced her to work part-time in recent years.
Mrs. Spampinato loved the ocean and Chesapeake Bay. In the 1950s, she and her husband cruised the bay extensively in their cabin cruiser.
She was also a football fan, attending her first Army-Navy game in 1928 and many Navy and Colts games thereafter.
In 1990 she fulfilled a dream of returning to Puerto Rico, where she celebrated her 81st birthday. She and her husband observed their 50th wedding anniversary in January with a Mass in their home.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Spampinato is survived by a daughter, Anne Spampinato George; a brother, Henry F. Hoeckel Jr.; and a grandson. All are of Baltimore.
The family suggested memorial donations to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund, 1300 E. Northern Parkway, Baltimore, Md. 21239.