Patricia MastronardiNurse, antiques dealerServices for...


July 17, 1992

Patricia Mastronardi

Nurse, antiques dealer

Services for Patricia Regina Mastronardi, a professional singer as a young woman and later a nurse and an antiques dealer, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Frampton-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home in Federalsburg.

Mrs. Mastronardi, 65, died Sunday of cancer at her home near Eldorado in Dorchester County.

From the early 1970s to 1989, she operated PJ's Antiques with a daughter.

For 17 years earlier, Mrs. Mastronardi had been a nurse at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center in Cambridge and at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford, Del.

In her teens, the former Patricia Regina Gregg sang as Regina Carroll in nightclubs.

A native of Philadelphia, she lived there with her husband, John Mastronardi, before moving to the Eastern Shore in the mid-1950s. Mr. Mastronardi died in 1971.

Survivors include three sons, Patrick and Leo Mastronardi, both of Eldorado, and John Mastronardi of Waynesboro, Pa.; three daughters, state police Cpl. Sarah Jean Mastronardi of Eldorado, Mary Dukes of Seaford and Joyce Scharch of Easton; her stepmother, Bessie R. Gregg of Seaford; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Ervin N. Brown

Mathematics teacher

Services for Ervin N. Brown, a mathematics teacher at the Winston Middle School, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the New Antioch Baptist Church, 1400 N. Eden St.

Mr. Brown, who was 41 and lived on Fern Park Avenue, was shot and killed early Tuesday by a passenger in his car while driving in the 700 block of Cathedral St.

A teacher in Baltimore public schools for nearly 20 years, he had also worked part time for about seven years as a security guard at the Stella Maris Hospice.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Carver Vocational-Technical High School and Coppin State College. He had a master's degree from what now is Morgan State University.

He is survived by three sisters, Ermer Jones, Joyce Smith and Danita Brown, all of Baltimore; four brothers, Ronald, Donald and William M. Brown Jr., all of Baltimore, and the Rev. Arthur E. Wiggins of Emporia, Va.; and two stepchildren, Sharon Gill of Baltimore and Christopher Gill of Spartanburg, S.C.

Mary A. Clarke

Former seamstress

A Mass of Christian burial for Mary A. Clarke, a former seamstress who was 106, will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Chesaco Ave., in Rosedale.

Mrs. Clarke, who lived in West Arlington for many years, died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital of an intestinal blockage. She had lived at what is now the Overlea Gardens Nursing Center for 12 years.

The former Mary A. Hilte was a native of Baltimore and worked in a clothing factory as a young woman.

Her husband, Julian F. Clarke, died in 1969.

She is survived by a daughter, Anna Dorothy Graff of Rosedale; a granddaughter; and three great-granddaughters.

Jonathan Silver

Post-modernist sculptor

Jonathan Silver, the New York post-modernist sculptor whose "The Birth of Venus" is displayed in Charles Center, died last Friday of cancer at the age of 54.

Mr. Silver, whose work explored art history to create statements of disturbing power about the present age, was given exhibits in Baltimore by the C. Grimaldis Gallery in 1987 and 1991. His 7-foot "The Birth of Venus" was donated to the city by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City in 1989 and installed in the small eastern panhandle of Charles Center's Hopkins Plaza.

Percy L. Jackson

Retired steel worker

Services for Percy L. Jackson, a retired steel worker, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Calvin B. Scruggs Funeral Home, 1412 E. Preston St., Baltimore.

Mr. Jackson, who was 87 and lived on East Federal Street, died Tuesday at the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home after a heart attack.

He retired 10 years ago as a laborer in the tin mill at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant at Sparrows Point where he worked for 45 years.

The Virginia native moved to Baltimore in his youth. He served in the Navy during World War II.

His wife, the former Edith Lang, died in 1989.

He is survived by a stepson, Alfred V. Lang of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

J. Kenneth McCusker


A Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Joseph Kenneth Charles McCusker, who had served as a psychologist in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Stone Harbor, N.J.

Dr. McCusker, who was 62 and moved from Ellicott City to Stone Harbor and North Wildwood, N.J., four years ago, died Monday after a heart attack at his home in the latter community.

He was a psychologist at the Woodbine (N.J.) Developmental Center.

A resident of the Baltimore area for about 30 years, he first worked on the staffs of the Rosewood Center and Spring Grove Hospital Center.

He then moved to the Division of Correction, serving as chief psychologist at the Maryland Penitentiary before returning to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 20 years ago.

He then began working for the Drug Abuse and Alcoholism Control administrations, which became the Addiction Administration shortly before he moved to New Jersey.

The Philadelphia native was a graduate of La Salle College, and earned a master's degree at the College of William and Mary and then a doctorate from the University of Ottawa in Ontario.

His survivors include two sons, Joseph K. McCusker Jr. of Ellicott City and Gregory McCusker of Philadelphia; a brother, John C. McCusker of Philadelphia; and a grandson.

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