Harry S. EttlinSalesman, veteranHarry S. Ettlin, a former...


December 01, 1992

Harry S. Ettlin

Salesman, veteran

Harry S. Ettlin, a former salesman for area wholesale drug companies who was a combat veteran of World War II, died Friday of pneumonia at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a long illness. He was 72.

Mr. Ettlin, who lived in the Chase Mill Apartments in Owings Mills, had been ill for a decade, first with amyloidosis of the tongue and later with multiple myeloma and a variety of medical complications.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1938 graduate of City College.

He worked as a truck driver in the Baltimore-Washington area as a young man, then became a pharmaceutical salesman for various drug firms, including Gilpin and Loewy. After his retirement a decade ago, he worked part time with his wife for several years at the Odenton Pharmacy near Fort Meade. They also managed what was then the Payless Liquors store in the 5400 block of Belair Road.

Mr. Ettlin was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, having served in World War II as a staff sergeant and forward observer with the Army's 995th Field Artillery Battalion. He saw action in Africa and Italy, where he was wounded in the knee by shrapnel in 1944.

Mr. Ettlin is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Toby T. Levin; a son, Dr. Larry Ettlin of Randallstown; a daughter, Rose Logwood of Baltimore; a brother, Bernard Ettlin, and a sister, Minnie Stancliff, both of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Services were held Sunday. The family suggested memorial donations to the Johns Hopkins oncology center.

Sister Etheltrude

Cook, teacher

Sister Mary Etheltrude Grzechowiak, a native of Baltimore who had been a cook and an elementary school teacher during her 61 years as a Roman Catholic nun, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Lackawanna, N.Y. She was 76.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 408 S. Chester St. in East Baltimore. Helen Grzechowiak was educated at Holy Rosary School before entering the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph and taking the religious name of Mary Etheltrude in 1931.

She later attended Hilbert College near the motherhouse of her order in Hamburg, N.Y., and received training at a cooking school.

Sister Etheltrude retired in 1988 after 15 years as cook in the bishop's residence in Buffalo, N.Y. Before that, she cooked at several institutions in the Buffalo area. From 1943 to 1952, she was a cook at the Vincentian House of Studies in Washington. Between cooking assignments, she taught at elementary schools in Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.

A Mass was offered for her yesterday in the chapel of the motherhouse of her order in Hamburg.

Mildred Jennie Cross

GOP election judge

Mildred Jennie Cross, a longtime Towson resident who was active in the League of Women Voters and served as an election judge for the Republican Party, died Sunday of cancer at the Bel Air Nursing and Convalescent Home. She was 82.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

The former Mildred Jennie Biddison was a Baltimore native.

In the 1940s and 1950s, her employers included the Veterans Administration; the Hutzler's and O'Neill's department stores; and an inventory company, for which she worked part time.

Her husband, James Robert Cross, a retired insurance agent, died in 1972.

Mrs. Cross' survivors include four nieces, Margaret Hughes of Pinellas Park, Fla., Charlotte Brown of Baltimore and Dorothy Lee and Mitzie Keimig, both of Towson; a nephew, Henry Wolff of Nashville, Tenn.; a grandniece, Judy Adkins of Edgewood; a great-grandniece; a great-grandnephew; and four great-great-grandnephews.

Sister Marian Joan

Parish educator

Sister Marian Joan Hentschel, M.H.S.H., director of religious education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Edgewater, died Friday of cancer at the parish convent. She was 61.

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Marian Joan will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart Center, 1001 W. Joppa Road.

She had headed the education programs for children, adults and prospective converts in the Anne Arundel County parish for nearly four years.

She had done similar work at parishes in Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Michigan. She had also taught special classes for the deaf.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of Seton High School, she entered the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart in 1948.

She graduated from Loyola College, obtained a master's degree from La Salle University and did graduate work at several other colleges.

She is survived by four sisters, Rita Foard and Dolores Wilson, both of Perry Hall, Sister M. Ruth Hentschel, O.S.F., of Baltimore, and Teresa Donohoe of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; three brothers, John, Albert and Eugene Hentschel, all of Baltimore, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass was also offered last night at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

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