Elvera S. LeclercqWorked for the railroadA memorial...


June 24, 1992

Elvera S. Leclercq

Worked for the railroad

A memorial service for Elvera S. Leclercq, who had done public relations work for the Baltimore and Ohio-Chesapeake and Ohio railroad, will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 8430 Glen Mar Road at Route 175, Ellicott City.

Mrs. Leclercq, who was 76, died of cancer Monday at her Ellicott City home. She retired in 1984 after 25 years with the railroad.

The former Elvera Stagi was born and raised in Monesson, Pa., and moved to the Baltimore area in 1942, a few years after her marriage to Arthur G. Leclercq.

She held several jobs over the years, along with her role as housewife and mother, first training to become a nurse's aide at Union Memorial Hospital, then becoming a secretary for several employers before going to work for the railroad.

Mrs. Leclercq was a secretary and clerk in the Baltimore public relations office. In her latter years with the company, as officials left or retired and company operations were shifting away from Baltimore, Mrs. Leclercq assumed most of the duties in her office as chief clerk for public relations.

She had lived in Ellicott City for 36 years, and was active in Historic Ellicott City restoration projects. She also was a former president of the National Association of Railway Business Women.

Mrs. Leclercq and her husband were active members of the Glen Mar church. Mr. Leclercq, passenger trainman for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Amtrak, died in 1981.

Survivors include three daughters, Vera McCann of Catonsville, Nancy Witte of Brandon, Fla., and Judi Ridgley of Arbutus; four sisters, Eva Smith of Port Richey, Fla., Elda Miller of Pittsburgh, Lillian DiBuono of Belle Vernon, Pa., and Gloria Stopford of Copperas Cove, Texas; two brothers, Joseph V. Stagi of Tampa, Fla., and William Stagi of Ladysmith, Va.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

The family suggested memorial donations to the American Cancer Society's Howard County chapter or Hospice Services of Howard County.

Irene M. Forrester, a Parkville homemaker, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Saturday at her home after a four-month battle with abdominal cancer. She was 68.

Born in Baltimore, the former Irene M. Readmond grew up in Waverly, graduating from Seton High School in 1941. Shortly thereafter, she married Russell H. Forrester Sr. before Mr. Forrester enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

After Mr. Forrester's discharge, the couple moved to the Charles Village area and began raising a family. A plumber, Mr. Forrester worked for his family's firm, Gilrus Plumbing, and Mrs. Forrester did clerical work for the business for much of her life.

The couple also lived for several years in the Hamilton area before moving to the Ridgely section of Parkville in 1958. Mrs. Forrester had been a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Chuch.

In addition to her husband of 50 years, Mrs. Forrester is survived by three sons, Russell H. Forrester Jr. of Gaithersburg, John K. Forrester of Kingsville and Paul J. Forrester of Timonium; and three daughters, Irene Anne Bowman of Parkville, M. Jeanne Hicks of Parkville and B. Gail McLewee of Jacksonville. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Services were held Monday. The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Services for Dorothy M. Jackson, a telephone operator for The Baltimore Sun for 40 years, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Haight Funeral Home in Eldersburg.

Mrs. Jackson died of cancer Saturday at the Stella Maris Hospice in Towson. She was 67.

Mrs. Jackson became chief telephone operator for the newspaper in 1952, retiring in 1986.

Born in the Pimlico area, she attended Western High School and graduated from Forest Park High School. In 1960, she married Edward L. Jackson, a Sun dispatcher. The couple moved to Randallstown in 1980 and retired together.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Joyce Lynn Jackson-Moore of Eldersburg and Carole Mahaffie of York, Pa.; a stepson, Edward L. Jackson Jr. of Essex; a sister, Edith M. Burd of San Jacinto, Calif.; five grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.

Rosemary C. Harris

Retired head teller

A Mass of Christian burial for Rosemary C. Harris, who retired last year as head teller for the Westminster Bank & Trust Co., will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Westminster.

The Eldersburg resident died Sunday of heart failure and complications from diabetes at Carroll County General Hospital. She was 57.

The former Rosemary C. Kavalesky grew up in Mount Washington and attended the Institute of Notre Dame. Her first job was with City Finance Corp. in Baltimore.

In 1958, she married Francis M. Harris. The couple moved to Eldersburg in 1973 and later bought a second home in the mountains of West Virginia, which Mrs. Harris especially enjoyed.

After raising a family and doing volunteer work, she returned to work about 10 years ago, retiring from the bank in July 1991.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Ethel Kavalesky of Eldersburg; a daughter, Laura Inskeep of Taneytown; a son, Francis M. Harris Jr. of Pikesville; and a grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, Reservoir Circle, Suite 203, Baltimore 21208.

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