Mary CaracuzzoHospital volunteerMary Caracuzzo, a...


December 26, 1992

Mary Caracuzzo

Hospital volunteer

Mary Caracuzzo, a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital for 22 years, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center after cardiac surgery. She was 71.

The former Mary Vessella was a native of Cranston, R.I., where she and her husband returned each summer for vacation. She attended elementary school and high school in Rhode Island.

She met her future husband in Rhode Island. The couple married lTC there and then came to Baltimore in 1941 on their honeymoon and settled in the Homeland area.

Mrs. Caracuzzo was well-known for her voluntarism. She volunteered at Good Samaritan, first in administration and then for 10 years in the gift shop. She also was active in the

hospital's auxiliary and was a past president of the group.

She was remembered by hospital personnel for her kind acts on birthdays, Secretary's Day and other holidays.

She was on the board of St. Vincent's Child Care Center in Towson and was a past president of the Sodality of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Caracuzzo will be offered at noon today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Thomas J. Caracuzzo of Baltimore; two sons, Thomas J. Caracuzzo Jr. of Secaucus, N.J., and Terry Caracuzzo of Dallas; and two granddaughters.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Memorial Fund of Good Samaritan Hospital, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore 21239.

Larry Demill Burrus

Building group supervisor

Larry Demill Burrus, 40, a supervisor for the Madison Building Services Group, died Tuesday at Sinai Hospital of a massive stroke.

Born in 1952, Mr. Burrus attended Joseph Lockerman Elementary School, Harlem Park Junior High and was a 1970 graduate of Forest Park Senior High School.

He was in the Civil Air Patrol at Harlem Park and president of the junior and senior classes at Forest Park, where he played varsity football.

Mr. Burrus worked part time as a dispatcher for Arrow Cab and full time as a supervisor for Madison Building Services Group in Laurel.

He also was the owner and proprietor of Larry's Professional Services, a cleaning and janitorial service that he operated out of his home for the last five years.

He was baptized at Mount Olive Free Will Baptist Church and was a member there until he joined Sweet Hope Free Will Baptist Church at age 12.

Mr. Burrus started singing at the age of 9. He served on the Junior Usher Board, the Junior Choir and the Young Missionaries Circle at Sweet Hope. He was vice president of the male chorus at Sweet Hope and vice president of the Choir and Chorus' Convention of the Progressive Free Will Baptist Conference, Division A.

Services for Mr. Burrus are planned for 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Sweet Hope Free Will Baptist Church, 3925 Dolfield Ave.

He is survived by his wife, Edith Cristy of Baltimore; his mother, Elsie Burrus of Baltimore; a daughter, Dana Burrus; two brothers, Frederick and Josh Burrus of Baltimore; two sisters, Chaplin Banks and Gail Burrus of Baltimore; a devoted friend, Karen C. Brown of Baltimore; and one grandson. Ruth Marker Caspari, a native of Westminster and a retired nurse, died Dec. 19 of natural causes at the Givens Estate retirement home in Asheville, N.C. She was 84.

Mrs. Caspari attended Westminster High School and spent one year at Western Maryland College. She studied nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital and became a registered nurse in 1930.

She worked at Hopkins between 1930 and 1960, attaining the position of nursing supervisor. At times, she interrupted her employment to take care of her mother.

Mrs. Caspari also worked in numerous volunteer projects at the hospital and enjoyed gardening in her free time. She and her husband, Fred William "Ted" Caspari Jr., moved to Asheville two years ago.

Services for Mrs. Caspari are to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Givens Estate Chapel in Asheville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Givens Estate Health Care Center, Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, N.C. 28803.

Normand E. Fetsch

Office supervisor

Normand E. Fetsch, a retired office supervisor, died Tuesday of heart failure at Baltimore County General Hospital.

The 73-year-old Baltimore native worked as a millwright at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point mill before U.S. Army service in the Philippines during World War II. He fought in the Solomon Islands and was awarded numerous decorations for his service.

In 1947, he went to work making deliveries for Kraft Foods and later became an office supervisor until his retirement in 1982.

Active in Masonic organizations, Mr. Fetsch was a member and former Worshipful Master of the King David Lodge, a member of the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple, and served two years in the Grand Lodge of Maryland. He was an honorary past master of Ionic Lodge 145.

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