Rev. Joseph Le FroisCatholic pastorA Mass of Christian...


April 09, 1992

Rev. Joseph Le Frois

Catholic pastor

A Mass of Christian burial for the Rev. Joseph C. Le Frois, S.S.J., who had been pastor of Roman Catholic churches in Louisiana, Virginia, Texas, Mississippi and the Bahamas, will be offered at noon today at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Lebeau, La., where he was pastor from 1969 to 1977.

Another Mass for Father Le Frois was offered Tuesday at St. Joseph's Manor, the Josephite retirement home on West Lake Avenue, where he died Thursday of Alzheimer's disease. He was 74.

His two surviving brothers were celebrants of Tuesday's Mass. The national headquarters of the Josephite Order is in Baltimore.

Father Le Frois retired in 1985, after two years as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Welsh, La.

Other churches where he had been pastor include Immaculate Conception in Plaquemine, La.; Our Lady of Grace in Reserve, La.; St. Mathilda in Eunice, La.; Sacred Heart in Port Arthur, Texas; St. Anthony in Dallas, Texas; St. Mary's in Norfolk, Va.; and St. Peter the Apostle in Pascagoula, Miss.

From 1981 until 1983, he was pastor at SS Peter and Paul Church and associated missions on Long Island in the Bahamas.

Born in Webster, N.Y., he attended a public school there and Holy Rosary School in nearby Rochester before entering the St. Andrew's Minor Seminary in Rochester. He studied at St. Bernard's Major Seminary there before transferring in 1940 to the Josephite Seminary in Washington. He was ordained in Washington in 1944 as a member of St. Joseph's Society of the Sacred Heart.

He did graduate work in sociology at Catholic University.

He is survived by his brothers, Monsignor Marvin Le Frois of Valdosta, Ga., and the Rev. Christian Le Frois, O.S.B., of Latrobe, Pa.; and a sister, Rita Conrad of Rochester, N.Y.

Dr. John Armstead


Services for Dr. John Walker Armstead Jr., an obstetrician and gynecologist, will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington avenues.

Dr. Armstead, a Baltimore native who lived in Dallas, died Thursday of cancer at a hospital there. He was 65.

Since 1980, he had been medical director of the Fairmont Center, a reproduction and family planning clinic in Dallas.

Before moving to Dallas, he worked at the Preterm Center for Reproductive Health in Washington and for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville.

He was a graduate of Douglass High School, Lincoln University and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.

He had been in the Army Medical Corps and served his internship and residency at a hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

In 1974, he received a master's degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Dr. Armstead is survived by two daughters, Karen D. Armstead of Silver Spring and Dr. Angela Gaskin of Vicksburg, Miss.; a sister, Marion Conway of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Harper LeRoy Marlow

Penn State professor

Services for Harper LeRoy Marlow, retired professor of management development at Pennsylvania State University, will be held at 3 p.m. today at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Park Heights Avenue and Old Court Road.

Dr. Marlow, who lived in State College, Pa., died Tuesday of leukemia at a hospital there. He was 67.

He retired and was named professor emeritus in 1990, having headed programs at Penn State to help small businesses. He joined the faculty in 1962.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of Southern High School, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Maryland and his doctorate at Cornell University.

Before joining the faculty at Penn State, he worked for the Koppers Co. in the Pittsburgh area and taught at Cornell and at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.

A member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in State College, he had earlier been a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Bellefonte, Pa., president and chairman of the board of the Lewisburg United Methodist Homes and on the boards of Albright College and Lebanon Valley College.

He enjoyed woodworking, carving replicas of carousel animals, and wrote about the craft.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred Amoss; two daughters, Kathryn M. Finley of Chambersburg, Pa., and Laurie A. Marlow of Baltimore; two sisters, Estelle Lee and Doris Deckert, both of Baltimore; and a brother, William Marlow of Reading.

Services will also be held this morning at his church in State College. The family suggested memorial contributions to it, to the American Red Cross Blood Program in State College or to the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America in Pittsburgh.

Emma M. Thess

Longtime volunteer

Services for Emma M. Thess, a Red Cross volunteer for nearly 30 years, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mrs. Thess, who was 83 and lived on Belmore Court in Lutherville, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications of heart disease.

As a volunteer, Mrs. Thess worked on a Red Cross blood mobile and visited residents at Pickersgill, a retirement home, as well as patients at the Rosewood Center. She often worked on the bloodmobile on Mondays and visited Pickersgill on Thursdays. She took the Pickersgill residents on trips, and helped them with shopping.

The former Emma M. Rickard was a native of Philadelphia and did office work there before her marriage in 1930 to Nicholas R. Thess.

She moved to the Baltimore area in 1952 and was a member of the Valley Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two sons, Robert Thess Sr. of Edgewood and Donald W. Thess of Willow Grove, Pa.; two sisters, Melvina Davidson of London, Ontario, and Mary Matthews, of Venice, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

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