Jean S. TalbottReal estate appraiserJean S. Talbott, 57, a...


December 09, 1992

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — Jean S. Talbott

Real estate appraiser

Jean S. Talbott, 57, a real estate appraiser, died of a heart attack Nov. 26 at her home on Murdock Road, Rodgers Forge.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, Towson.

The former Jean Siegrist grew up in Hamilton and graduated from Eastern High School. After marrying and rearing a family, she went back to school and graduated from Essex Community College. She became an appraiser for Kern Realty and Appraising in Towson and was a member of Ascension Church, where she sang in the senior choir.

She is survived by her husband, William S. Talbott, a retired city teacher; three sons, Jeffrey Talbott and Drew Talbott, both of Baltimore, and Randall Talbott of Abingdon; a daughter, Dara Hicks of Baltimore; her father, Louis Siegrist Jr. of Cub Hill; a sister, Claire Bender of Baltimore; a brother, Louis Siegrist III of Pasadena; and six grandchildren.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Fund, 7601 York Road, Towson 21204.

Ina Souez

Famed opera soprano

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Ina Souez, who went from prima donna assoluta at Britain's fabled Glyndebourne operatic festival prima donna absurda with Spike Jones and his merry band of music dismantlers, died Monday night in a nursing home where she had lived the past eight years.

Miss Souez, once the premier Mozartian soprano of her day, was 89 and before suffering a stroke had taught singing in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

During the 1930s she was considered the essential Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni" and an exemplary Fiordiligi in "Cosi fan Tutte." Her recordings of those roles remain definitive and continue to be sought by collectors.

She and the exalted tenor Jussi Bjoerling were the toast of Europe in the mid-'30s, singing a series of Verdi "Requiems" across the continent under the baton of Fritz Busch.

Miss Souez was born Ina Rains to a family of Cherokee stock. She adapted her professional name from her American Indian great-great-grandmother, whose surname was Suey.

William Shawn

Ex-New Yorker editor

William Shawn, the editor whose graceful pen shepherded the works of James Thurber, E. B. White, John Updike and others through the pages of The New Yorker for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at age 85.

"He was an enormous figure to all of us who worked for him," said Roger Angell, an editor at The New Yorker since 1956, who noted that Mr. Shawn had been ill for some time. "He was -- there's no doubt in my mind -- the greatest editor of our time."

For decades, Mr. Shawn was the shy, retiring heart of the nation's best known literary magazine. He commissioned every article, approved every word on every page, stroked every writer and artist.

He changed an institution that never seemed to change: New contributors were brought in; The New Yorker became a strong voice against the Vietnam War; the magazine's fiction and reporting became more "serious," though humor remained a mainstay. And Mr. Shawn himself became an almost legendary editor.

He was forced to retire in 1987, two years after the magazine was sold.

Angelo R. Barcelo

Retired detective

Angelo R. Barcelo, a retired New York City police detective and a former investigator for a private detective agency, died Nov. 25 after an apparent heart attack at his home on North Collington Avenue. He was 71.

Mr. Barcelo retired in 1979 after 16 years with the New York City Police Department. He also worked for Confidential Intelligence International. After his retirement, he had lived in Chambersburg, Pa.; Hagerstown; and Washington before coming to Baltimore in 1987.

A native of Puerto Rico who was reared in New York City, he served in the South Pacific with the Army during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion.

Before joining the police force, he had worked as a free-lance commercial artist in New York City and subsequently continued to do some free-lance art work.

He is survived by his wife, the former Betty Moser; five sons, Praxiteles, Sylvester, Daniel, Michael and Angelo Barcelo Jr., all of New York; two brothers, Josef and Louis Barcelo of Florida; three stepdaughters, Deborah McMichael of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Crystal Crumlic of Enola, Pa., and Kim Weichman of Etters, Pa.; and two stepsons, Jay Geiger of Enola and Barry Geiger of Mechanicsburg.

Private services were planned.

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