James L. MumfordMental health aideJames L. Mumford, who...


October 15, 1992

James L. Mumford

Mental health aide

James L. Mumford, who managed variety stores and later was an aide who worked with patients at the Upper Shore Community Mental Health Center in Chestertown, died Sunday of cancer at Elsmere Veterans Hospital in Wilmington, Del.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Mumford, who was 72, was to be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Chestertown, where he lived.

He retired in 1991 after working 10 years at the mental health center. Before then, he managed Fox's stores in Chestertown, Centreville and Stevensville.

Before moving to the Eastern Shore in 1955 and going to work for Fox's, he managed G. C. Murphy Co. stores in several cities.

Born in Cleveland and reared in Ashtabula, Ohio, Mr. Mumford served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

He then earned a doctorate at Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. He also completed a G. C. Murphy management training program in McKeesport, Pa.

A member of Sacred Heart Church and the auxiliary of the mental health center, he also belonged to the Frank M. Jarman Post of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Mabel Holden; three sons, Michael J., Steven A. and Mark L. Mumford, all of Chestertown; and a sister, Lenora Farmwald of Lockney, W.Va.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the church or to the auxiliary of the mental health center.

Charles E. Getz

Retired bricklayer

Charles E. Getz, a retired bricklayer, died Monday of complications of circulatory disease at Harbor Hospital Center.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Getz, who was 83 and moved from Brooklyn to Ferndale 20 years ago, was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Fourth Street and Washburn Avenue.

A member of Local 1 of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Mr. Getz retired in 1965 after working for many contractors during his 50 years in the trade.

He helped to build and later to repoint the Bromo Seltzer Tower and also worked on the first Harbor Tunnel and at St. John's College in Annapolis.

The Baltimore native served in the Army in the Philippines during World War II.

His wife, the former Esther Whitaker, died in 1976.

He is survived by three daughters, Dorothea Cohen of Glen Burnie, Patricia Bresnahan of Boston and Phyllis Crutchfield of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Frank P. Palmer Sr.

Retired longshoreman

Frank P. Palmer Sr., a retired longshoreman, died Friday of cancer at Memorial Hospital at Easton.

Services for the 65-year-old American Corner resident were conducted yesterday.

He retired in 1989 after working in Baltimore for 20 years as a member of Local 333 of the International Longshoremen's Association.

Born and reared in the Preston area, he moved to Baltimore after serving in the Army during World War II and the Korean War.

He was a former member of the Blake Blackston Post of the American Legion in Easton.

A former master of the Friendship Lodge of the Prince Hall Masons in Baltimore, he was also a member of the Keystone chapter of the Royal Arch Masons, the Scottish Rite and Jerusalem Temple.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Earthalene Green; three sons, Quinton and Frank P. Palmer Jr., both of Baltimore, and Anthony Palmer of Philadelphia; five daughters, Gwendolyn Palmer of Denton, and Lenore Thomas, Pearline Turner, Inez Palmer and Barbara Anderson, all of Baltimore; his mother, Sarah Peoples of Federalsburg; a sister, Lillian Johnson of Baltimore; 23 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Nancy Lynn Laska

Nurse at Hopkins

Nancy Lynn Laska, a senior clinical nurse in the general operating room at Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Saturday of a brain tumor at the hospital.

Services for the 42-year-old Aberdeen resident were conducted yesterday.

She had been a nurse at Hopkins since 1975, working earlier in the pediatric research and intensive care sections of the hospital.

Born in Panama, where her father was serving as an Army officer, she moved to Aberdeen as a child with her family and was a graduate of Aberdeen High School.

She was a graduate of the nursing program at Essex Community College and later earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She is survived by her mother, Betty Laska of Aberdeen; and a sister, Louise Laska of Towson.

E. Alma Lambdin

Resided in Towson

Elizabeth Alma Lambdin, 77, a longtime Towson resident and widow of the state's first legislative auditor, died of Huntington's disease Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

The former Elizabeth Alma Campen was born in Baltimore. In 1937, she married her childhood sweetheart, Pierce J. Lambdin. They moved to Towson in 1952.

Her husband, a former president of the Maryland chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society of America -- the debilitating disease his wife had -- died in October 1990.

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